Rachel Begun, MS, RDN is a nationally recognized registered dietitian and certified natural chef specializing in food, nutrition and culinary education and communications.
Rachel is a consultant to companies and organizations seeking to create a healthier and more sustainable food environment, and acts as a spokesperson to help them communicate their efforts. With 16 years of food and nutrition marketing, public relations and media experience with agencies, natural brands, retailers and foodservice, she brings an educated, balanced and strategic approach to advising industry about developing and implementing their food, nutrition and culinary education and communications platforms.
As a food and nutrition communicator, Rachel educates the public and other health and culinary professionals through public speaking, writing, and media work. Living with celiac disease herself, Rachel has a particular interest in helping people on special diets to safely and healthfully navigate their food environments. This includes working with industry to help them meet the needs of consumers following special diets.
Rachel is a former national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As a savvy spokesperson, she has conducted hundreds of interviews to provide food and nutrition expertise to top media outlets, including ABC News, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, O The Oprah Magazine, Eating Well, Fitness, Shape, Women’s Health, MSNBC, CNN, Doctor Radio, and many more.
She is a contributing editor to Food Management magazine, contributing writer for Yoga Journal, and freelances for other media outlets. Rachel serves as a Scientific/Medical Advisory Council Member for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, Advisory Board member for Delicious Living magazine, and Culinary Council member for the Sterling-Rice Group.
Rachel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a B.A. in Biology and a concentration in pre-medical studies. She earned her M.S. degree in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and completed her dietetic internship there as well. To round out her food and nutrition experience, Rachel earned her natural chef certification at Bauman College in Boulder, CO.
Rachel is an avid tennis and baseball fan and loves hiking, yoga, going to the farmers’ market, and spending Sunday afternoons cooking. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Darren, and dog, Zoe.