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Chefs Nancy Waldeck & Crystal Leach

Chefs Nancy Waldeck & Crystal Leach

Healthy Chef Partyologist Nancy Waldeck is a culinary educator and innovator.  Her fun, creative and smart approach to food, wine and entertaining is inspiring to those eager to cook and eat better and confidently enjoy wine.  Well travelled in her pursuit of helping others - she delivers over a hundred classes and events a year. Rancho La Puerta, The John C. Campbell Folk School, Emory University and the US embassy in Burundi, Africa have all welcomed her imaginative twist on food and wine. In addition, she teaches in a variety of corporate settings like Google, Norfolk Southern, Florida Blue, Calphalon and Piedmont Hospitals, plus a number of respected culinary schools like Atlanta's own Cooks Warehouse. A media veteran, several times a month she enjoys sharing creative tips and techniques about healthy cooking on NBC TV's Atlanta and Company show.  Nothing makes cookbook author Nancy happier than sharing the treasures of explorations with others, so she hosts carefully curated wine and culinary trips around the world for small groups of curious guests.  At the intersection of cuisine and travel is where her expertise and passion meet, connect and result in fascinating and informative classes, tours, stories and more. Come join a Healthy Chef Partyologist in the kitchen, on the page or on the road. It's going to be fun!

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After almost 20 years in the corporate world, Crystal realized that what was once a weekend pursuit and avocation had become increasingly important to her - so she decided to take the leap and focus on her passion for baking and pastry. In 2013, she completed an intensive Pastry Arts Course at L'Ecole National Superieure de Patisserie near Lyons, France followed by an internship in a pastry shop in Paris. Crystal is a frequent chef instructor at Atlanta's Cooks Warehouse, The Atlanta Botanical Gardens and other cooking schools in the region. Crystal commits significant time to her local food bank, working on projects to expand childhood feeding programs and build a Community Teaching Kitchen in Northeast Georgia. Passionate about expanding access to fresh, local food, she actively supports non-profit organizations such as Georgia Organics, The Athens Farmers Market and Wholesome Wave.

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