The 2018 Best of Nature Cooking School

Plant based, whole foods.

Our Presenters


Please register now for 4 wonderful nights of lectures, cooking demonstrations and food samples on

Tuesdays, October 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2018 • 7 to 9 pm

You can watch the previous archived sessions by clicking here.

Please fill out the registration form below • one for each person attending.

Dr. Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, FACN was chosen as “One of America’s 20 Super-Heroes of the Health Movement” (Vegetarian Times).  He is the founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Loma Linda and a Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine of Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. He has co-authored 2 books and created the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) which has graduated more than 60,000 people.  You can reach him at

Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with CHEF AJ which airs on Foody TV. A chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker, she is author of the new book The Secrets To Ultimate Weight Loss, providing you with tips and techniques to begin your weight-loss journey and the secrets to tasty homemade dishes that will fill you up without adding on the pounds.  Reach her at

Dr. Wes Youngberg, DrPH, MPH, is a  lifestyle medicine specialist and a clinical nutritionist. He has authored the books  Goodbye Diabetes, and Hello Healthy, and is speaker for the educational video series Diabetes Undone. He is an assistant clinical professor for the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at Loma Linda University. He sees patients at the Youngberg Lifestyle Medicine Clinic in Temecula California. He focuses on treating those with cognitive decline. Reach him at

Susan Jenson, RD, is a Registered Dietitian who received her education at Loma Linda University.   She is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Foundation and eCornell University.  She has been a life-long vegetarian.  She adopted a plant-based diet in 2009. She has taught cooking schools for many years.  In her free time she loves to exercise, grow organic food, cook, bake, create new recipes, knit, crochet and play with her grandchildren.  Contact her at

Dr. Richard Taw, MD, is a board certified internist, cardiovascular specialist and lipidologist (cholesterol disorders and prevention). He founded and directs the Preventive Cardiology Center in Santa Monica, California that focuses on prevention in the areas of atherosclerosis and its complications (heart attack and stroke), congestive heart failure and arrhythmias. He encourages risk assessment for first-ever stroke and heart attack, and advocates for screening all adults for atherosclerotic vascular disease.  He is a strong proponent for a plant-based diet.  Reach him at

Chef Eric Lechasseur trained as a classical French chef. In 1993 he began his plant-based vegan macrobiotic journey to help his wife, Sanae Suzuki, recover from cancer. He discovered that plant-based vegan macrobiotics was effective for treating his allergies. Soon after, his reputation caught on and he became a celebrity chef extraordinaire sought after by Oprah, Madonna, Tobey Maguire, Jim Carey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Sting. Eric and Sanae operated an organic vegan macrobiotic restaurant, Seed Kitchen, in Venice, California for 8 years (2008 ~ 2016).  Contact them at

Dr. Nathan Gershfeld, DC, had a life-changing health experience and changed careers from electrical engineering to chiropractics. Following an internship under Dr. Alan Goldhamer, he joined the staff doctors at the True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, California from 2011-2014.  Since 2014, Dr. Gershfeld has had a private chiropractic practice in the Orange County/Los Angeles area and recently opened the Fasting Escape, an in-patient fasting center in Yorba Linda, California. Learn more by visiting  Contact him at

Shayda Soleymani is a Healthy Cooking Instructor and Consultant, with a Starch Solution Certificate from Dr. McDougall.  Her main focus is helping people thrive on a plant-based diet as they learn to prepare meals using fresh, whole foods that are salt, oil and sugar free. It is healthy cooking made delicious and easy.  Shayda lost more than 115 lbs eating this way and has kept it off for more than 7 years.  She no longer takes any medication for cholesterol, diabetes, and high triglycerides.  She teaches cooking classes at her house and the Fasting Escape in Yorba Linda.  Contact her at