My passion is rooted in helping others live their best life through nutrition, education, and intuition.
It all started when…
Celebrity Chef, Nutritionist and Reiki Master, Serena Poon has made it her mission to promote further education around the mindful combination of food, nutrition and healing intuition in what she has coined, “Culinary Alchemy™.”
A leading Chef to the Hollywood elite, Serena sets herself apart in a saturated industry with her genuine passion for curating intentional healing and wellness programs designed for optimal, sustainable health. Integrating energetic techniques with guidance and education on food nutrition, how food affects our bodies on a physiological level, as well as how it affects the emotional body, her goal is to support the nutritional, emotional and spiritual well-being of her clients. Her motivation for concentrating on intuitive and functional food healing began long before she started creating contemporary meals, menus and nutritional plans for the likes of Jerry Bruckheimer, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and Kerry Washington, amongst others.
Serena’s driven devotion of focusing on the importance of whole body, mind and soul wellness is inspired by the profound effect cancer had on her family, with both her mother and father diagnosed within two years of each other. Recognizing the immense impact food has on the mind, body and spirit, Serena welcomed a new path in her life and began her career as a Nutritionist and Chef with degrees from UC Berkeley and the esteemed Le Cordon Bleu.
As a Chef for Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion, Serena built a list of private clients and started introducing dietary, health and wellness planning into her classic fine dining services. Focusing now on her Culinary Alchemy™, her designs balance integrative health and holistic nutrition, customized to fit individual lifestyles and demanding schedules. She approaches every client with grace and gratitude along with a commitment to investing her best-self and endless knowledge to their overall well-being.
Serena’s philosophy for living an optimal healthy lifestyle can be achieved by integrating nutritional and physical therapy, healing energy and balancing the body’s support system. In 2018, she launched her health and wellness line, Just Add Water™, and continues the expansion of her lifestyle brand Serena Loves, as well as inspiring others to live their best lives through the addition of her recently launched television show, Serena Loves TV and podcast, Serena Loves. Serena continues to bring her methodology of Culinary Alchemy™ to life, building on her mission of introducing new intentional methods of wellness and mindfulness to her clients and community daily.
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
University of California, Berkeley - B.S.
Harvard University, HarvardX-Food Physics
Le Cordon Bleu - Grand Diplôme
American Fitness Professionals Association - Masters Nutrition
Global Wellness Institute Ambassador
American Culinary Federation (ACF)
James Beard Foundation Professional (JBF)
Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR)
International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American Nutrition Association (ANA)
American Society for Nutrition (ASN)
American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP)
International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP)
Reiki Healing Association