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My passion is rooted in helping others live their best life through nutrition, education, and intuition.

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Celebrity Chef, Certified 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 through her unique Culinary Alchemy® programs.

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 to help people achieve optimal, sustainable health. Integrating energetic techniques with guidance and education on food nutrition, how food affects our bodies on a physiological level, and how it affects the emotional body, Serena’s goal is to support the holistic well-being of her clients. Her motivation for concentrating on intuitive and functional food healing began long before she created contemporary meals, menus and nutritional plans for the likes of Jerry Bruckheimer, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Kerry Washington, and other high profile clientele.

Serena’s driven devotion of focusing on the 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 introduced dietary, health and wellness planning into her classic fine dining services. Focusing now on Culinary Alchemy®, her designs balance integrative health and holistic nutrition, customized to fit individual lifestyles and demanding schedules. She approaches every client with grace, gratitude, and 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. Serena also inspires others to live their best lives through her recently launched television show, Serena Loves TV. Serena continues to bring her methodology of Culinary Alchemy® to life, building on her mission to introduce new intentional methods of wellness and mindfulness to her clients and community daily.

EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Education

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

Nutrition:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Nutrition Association (ANA), American Society for Nutrition (ASN), American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP)

Energy Healing:

International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP), Reiki Healing Association, Usui Shiki Ryoho (The Reiki Association)

Culinary:

American Culinary Federation (ACF), James Beard Foundation Professional (JBF), Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR), International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP)

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