Culinary Nutrition Chef Collaborative

Denise Pickett-Bernard, PhD, RDN, IFNCP

Denise Pickett-Bernard, PhD, RDN, LDN, IFNCP 

Clinician, educator and chef, Denise merged all of her talents and passions when she created the Bachelor of Science curriculum in Culinary Nutrition for Life University in Marietta, GA, where she provides thought leadership as the Assistant Dean of Nutrition. She developed the Culinary Nutrition degree program which is a leading-edge interdisciplinary research-based field which merges functional nutrition with culinary arts to translate scientific principles into recipes for consumers.  All student course work is based upon vitalistic nutrition and sustainable systems including; food writing, food texture analysis, product and web development, therapeutic diets, the study of herbs and spices, health optimization, as well as modernist and international cuisines.

Denise is a registered and licensed dietitian in both Florida and Georgia and an IFNA inaugural group integrative and functional nutrition certified practitioner (IFNCP). She has worked as a chef, culinary arts instructor, University of Miami, Florida wellness center nutritionist and has served as an adjunct nutrition faculty member at both Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University in South Florida. She has appeared on television as a nutrition expert. Denise is a proud member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. Denise holds a degree from the Culinary Institute of America; a BS in Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University; and an MS in Food Science and Human Nutrition and a graduate certificate in dietetics from the University of Rhode Island and Brown University’s teaching hospitals. While working full time at Johnson & Wales University, she earned a PhD from Barry University studying spiritual factors which affect weight control maintenance. She had a private practice in Florida for over 15 years where she worked with families, athletes and patients seeking functional alternatives. In addition to her full-time faculty position, Denise is currently a private practitioner in Roswell, GA providing functional nutrition therapy and public presentations on a limited basis. She is working on the AFMCP certification with the Institute of Functional Medicine.