• Director and Executive Chef at Adventist Health, Vitaliz Café and Culinary Arts
  • Recognized leader and trailblazer in the plant-based culinary movement
  • Chief Nutrition Officer for Ranch Daily
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Nina Curtis is the Director and Executive Chef for the Adventist Health, Roseville Campus Vitaliz Café and Culinary Arts department. At the helm of this dynamic culinary division, Chef Curtis continues to be recognized as a leader and trailblazer in the plant-based culinary movement.

As the former Executive Chef at The Ranch at Live Oak, Malibu, the acclaimed seven-day fitness and wellness boot camp and the Chief Nutrition Officer for the Ranch Daily a meal subscription service in Southern California, Nina keeps her finger on the pulse of the wellness and plant-based lifestyle trends.

Nina has been an avid proponent of a plant-based lifestyle for the past twenty years. Nina’s food and beverage background over the years includes working with the Marriot Group, Hilton Hotels, Baxters, Manhattan Beach, the El Caballo, Oakland, Pure Food and Wine in New York, and the Springs Restaurant and Wine Bar, Los Angeles.

Chef Curtis presents lectures and demonstrations on health, nutrition, and whole foods all around the world. She has developed wellness training programs, set up kitchen operations, and has worked closely in conjunction with culinary master gardeners to develop seasonal and gorgeous garden-to-table recipes that are essential to having a delicious plant-strong culinary experience.

An MBA graduate of Pepperdine University, Curtis was also trained at Living Light Culinary Institute, Trinity School of Natural Health, the Natural Gourmet Culinary Institute, and she holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies, Cornell.

“Dan’s insight was an invaluable addition to the event.”

-Bill Clinton

“Dan was one of the highlights at our quarterly company meeting. Employees described him as ‘eye opening’ and awesome!”

-Tony Hsieh, Zappos.com

“Dan was amazing!! Everyone loved him!”

-Capital Blue Cross

“He was just brilliant!  Our attendees gave Dan a much-deserved standing ovation and were left buzzing about his work long after his talk.”

-Positive Psychology Center University of Pennsylvania

“I could have listened to him for days.”

-Attendee at Employers’ Health Symposium

“I have rarely seen a speaker who is as comfortable up on stage giving his presentation as Dan Buettner, plus he felt fresh and excited about the material.”

-Mountain Film in Telluride

“With 98.6% of attendees rating him “Excellent”, Dan was our best speaker ever.”

-Employers Health

“Dan did such a stellar job at our conference. We have no idea how we’ll fill his shoes the next time we put on this event.”

-Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota