People

Meet the chefs, fitness experts, and health professionals that partner with the California Walnut Board. 

Alex Stratta

Alex Stratta

Chef

The award-winning chef comes from a long line of restaurateurs and is the fifth generation in his family to continue in their culinary footsteps creating "approachable Italian comfort food".

Andrea V. Dunn

Andrea V. Dunn

Advanced Practice Registered Dietitian at The Cleveland Clinic

Andrea is an Advanced Practice Registered Dietitian at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio

Cheryl D Toner

Cheryl D Toner

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Communications Expert

As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and communications expert in Northern Virginia, Cheryl helps people to make healthy choices fulfilling, flexible, and fun.

Chris Crary

Chris Crary

Private Chef and Former Bravo's Top Chef Contestant

Voted fan favorite during season nine of Bravo’s Top Chef, Chef Chris Crary’s life went from executive restaurant chef, to TV network personality—practically overnight. 

Cindy Pawlcyn

Cindy Pawlcyn

Executive Chef at Mustards Grill, among others and cookbook author

Cindy Pawlcyn has pioneered fresh, local, seasonal, sustainable wine-country cuisine since opening Napa Valley's legendary Mustards Grill in 1983. 

Connie Diekman

Connie Diekman

Director of University Nutrition at Washington University, St. Louis

Connie is a Nutrition Communications Consultant and Director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. David L. Katz

Dr. David L. Katz

Founding Director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center

Katz is known internationally for his expertise in nutrition, weight management, and chronic disease prevention.

Dr. James Beckerman

Dr. James Beckerman

Cardiologist with the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute in Portland, Oregon

James Beckerman, MD is a practicing cardiologist with the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Michael Roizen

Dr. Michael Roizen

Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic

Co-founder of the RealAge Institute and co-author of the bestselling YOU book series.

Emily Luchetti

Emily Luchetti

Executive Pastry Chef, Farallon and Waterbar, and cookbook author

Emily Luchetti, executive pastry chef at Waterbar and Farallon Restaurants in San Francisco, she is recognized around the world for her award-winning sweet creations. 

Heidi Diller

Heidi Diller

Nutrition Communications Professional

Heidi is a nutrition communications professional with over 25 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist with an extensive background in weight management, children’s nutrition, and retail nutrition communications. 

Joanne Weir

Joanne Weir

Executive Chef of Copita and host of "Joanne Weir's Cooking Confidence"

We’re excited to introduce and welcome Joanne Weir and her inspired Chef Menu at Home, featuring Mediterranean favorites.

Mike Isabella

Mike Isabella

Mike Isabella is the Chef/Owner of Kapnos, G, and Graffiato in Washington, D.C., as well as a famed former Bravo Top Chef contestant

Mike Isabella is the Chef/Owner of Graffiato, which opened in June 2011 in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Mollie Katzen

Mollie Katzen

Chef and cookbook author, best known for her vegetarian cookbook, the Moosewood Cookbook

Renowned cookbook author and James Beard Award Hall of Fame Inductee. Find out more about Mollie's Smart Recipes, Kitchen Tips and Grocery Shopping ideas.

Nancy Houston Miller

Nancy Houston Miller

Clinical Nurse Coordinator in the Stanford University School of Medicine

Nancy is a clinical nurse coordinator in the Stanford University School of Medicine and former associate director of the Stanford Cardiac Rehabilitation Program of research.  

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