The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts was founded in 1994 by Elizabeth Ann Foster, a certified macrobiotic counselor. Elizabeth started the school to manifest her vision of advancing the appreciation and practice of natural, whole food cooking in the Southeast. This vision was continued under the stewardship of Dawn Pallavi, experienced teacher, counselor and macrobiotic chef. With culinary training in France and the US, Dawn brought a culturally eclectic flair to the art of natural, whole foods cooking.
In 2009, Rich Goldstein, a long term advocate for personal lifestyle health, assumed ownership of The Natural Epicurean and expanded the professional curriculum to a comprehensive, plant-based conscious cooking program. The program concentrates on the five main healing cuisines: classical vegetarian, vegan, raw & living foods, Ayurveda, and macrobiotics. We’ve rounded out the technical culinary training with strong components in business skills, culinary aesthetics, the science of plant-based nutrition, current issues in food, and health supportive baking and pastry.