Hi! I’m Nathalie Celestin and welcome to my blog!
As you might have guessed from my blog name, Devoted Foodie, I am very passionate about all things food–food, lifestyle, empowerment. This blog will be an avenue for me to share my knowledge and passion online while also connecting with you! Through my blog, I will take you on my food journey; I will share with you recipes, food and culture experiences, lifestyle/nutrition topics and food justice issues. Be sure to join in on the fun by sharing your thoughts with me along the way 🙂 If you have any topics you would love for me to share with you, be sure to let me know!
More about me:
At a very young age, my friends and I were always in the kitchen experimenting with various ingredients and creating dishes (they weren’t always all that great but we won’t get into that right now). As I grew up, I continued to cook with/for family and friends. So after graduating from high school, I decided to attend culinary school at Gwinnett Tech where I earned my Associates in Culinary Arts in 2008!
While I loved my experience and wouldn’t trade it for the world, I discovered that I did not want to work in a restaurant–too fast paced for me. Around this time I also found that nutrition and healthy eating were becoming major topics of discussion. And although many people wanted to be make healthier choices, they had the misconception that eating healthy meant eating bland and unappetizing food–wrong!
In the fall of 2009, I attended the University of Georgia with the intent of pursuing a Bachelor’s in Dietetics. But after my 1st semester, I decided to add a second major, Consumer Foods. Not only would I be learning about the science behind good nutrition, but, I would also learn why consumers make the choices they do and how to market a product to a specific audience. I thought those skills would pair well with my culinary background… so that’s what I did. I graduated in 2012.
After graduation, I decided to serve one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA. I worked with Campus Kitchen at UGA, a branch of the national Campus Kitchens Project aimed at addressing food insecurity while reducing food waste. In Athens, we focused primarily on addressing senior hunger. What I loved the most about working with this organization is the fact that it allowed me to combine all my passions–cooking, nutrition and community involvement. This experience was quite rewarding and in many ways changes some of my approach to cooking and educating others on making healthier choices. I finished my VISTA term in February 2014.
Wanting to continue my work in the community nutrition field, I have decided to purse a Master’s of Public Health. I start this fall (August 2014) and I am SO excited! I am one step closer to my dream 🙂
I hope you enjoy!