People

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

Adam Moore

Adam Moore

Corporate Chef

Chef Adam Moore has a passion for combining innovative advancements in foodservice equipment.

Alex Stratta

Alex Stratta

Chef

The award-winning chef comes from a long line of restaurateurs.

Andrea V. Dunn

Andrea V. Dunn

Advanced Practice Registered Dietitian

In addition to her past and current accolades, Andrea is also on the Advisory Board for the Heart Advisor Newsletter.

William (Bill) DeSoto

Bill DeSoto

Senior Executive Chef

Chef Bill Desoto currently is the Senior Executive Chef at the New York Times in New York City.

Chad Blunston

Chad Blunston

Executive Chef

A 20-year industry veteran, Blunston brings progressive culinary experience to the table.

Cheryl D. Toner

Cheryl D. Toner

Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist, and Communications Expert

Based in Northern Virginia, Cheryl helps people to make healthy choices that are fulfilling, flexible, and fun.

Chris Crary

Chris Crary

Private Chef

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

Cindy Pawlcyn

Cindy Pawlcyn

Executive Chef at Mustards Grill 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 has appeared in countless radio and television interviews at the local level and on national shows, ranging from the TODAY show to the Oprah show.

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

Chef

After graduating from The University of Redlands, Dave ventured into the world of technology but his love for food remained firm.

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. Michael Roizen

Dr. Michael Roizen

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

Dr. Roizen is the co-founder of the RealAge Institute and the co-author of the bestselling YOU book series.

Emily Luchetti

Emily Luchetti

Executive Pastry Chef and cookbook author

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

Gavin Schmidt

Gavin Schmidt

Executive Chef

Gavin started his culinary career at a young age, washing dishes at a neighborhood bistro on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Heidi Diller

Heidi Diller

Nutrition Communications Professional

Heidi has over 25 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist with an extensive background in weight management and children's nutrition.

Joanne Weir

Joanne Weir

Executive Chef of Copita and host of "Joanne Weir Gets Fresh"

Joanne Weir is a television personality, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, international cooking teacher and chef/partner of Copita in Sausalito, California.

Kei Hasegawa

Kei Hasegawa

Chef

Beginning his career as a savory cook in Japan, Kei Hasegawa was drawn to the challenge offered by the unfamiliar world of pastry.

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