Celine Beitchman

Director of Nutrition

"Stay curious."


Celine Beitchman was an instructor, curriculum developer and director at the Natural Gourmet Institute for 10 years. She studied under the school's founder, Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., and is an expert in nutrition education for healthcare professionals, chefs and home cooks alike.  

Chef Celine has prior experience as a private chef and in special events, catering, kitchen production, operations and management. She's worked as a line cook, garde manger, food stylist and pastry chef, and appeared in Bon Appetit, Brit + Co, HuffPost and Mind Body Green as a health food expert.

Chef Celine joined the Institute of Culinary Education in 2019 to teach Plant-Based Culinary Arts career classes and professional development courses in culinary nutrition and food therapy. She has a master's in clinical nutrition, a bachelor's in film and a Level 3 wine certification from WSET. "I look at wine, food and nutrition as a continuum," Chef Celine says. "Im always able to find some meaningful connection, and I’ll help you find that, too. That’s my attitude when it comes to teaching."


  • M.S. Nutrition & Integrative Health, Maryland University of Integrative Health, 2018
  • B.A. Film/Cinema/Video Studies, Hunter College, 1997

Work History

  • Director of Nutrition Education and Chef Instructor, Natural Gourmet Institute, 2018
  • Curriculum Developer and Lead Instructor of Culinary Nutrition certificate program, Natural Gourmet Institute, 2017
  • NYSED Private Career School Director, Natural Gourmet Institute, 2016
  • Curriculum Developer and Lead Instructor of Food Therapy certificate program, Natural Gourmet Institute, 2015
  • Chef Instructor and public class instructor, Natural Gourmet Institute, 2005-2007, 2010
  • Private Chef to Barnes & Noble founder, 2006-2009
  • Special Events Operations Manager, Creative Edge Parties, 2003-2005
  • Pastry and Catering Chef, The Golf Club of Purchase, 2001-2002
  • Production Kitchen Manager, The Ainsley Harriot Show, 2000-2001
  • Operations Manager, Daily Soup, 1996-1999


  • American College of Nutrition
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • The Institute of Functional Medicine
  • The James Beard Foundation
  • New York Nutrition Educators Network
  • TAP Integrative
  • WSET Level 3

Specialties/Areas of Interest

  • Food Systems and Sustainability
  • Wine and Fermentation
  • Food writing
  • Personal and Public Health


  • Advanced Wine & Spirits Level 3, 2009-2010
  • Food Therapy Counseling certificate, 2006-2007
  • NYS Department of Health Food Handler's License, 2002

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