Nina Curtis is the Executive Chef at The Ranch at Live Oak / Malibu, the acclaimed seven-day fitness and wellness bootcamp. She has had a 17 year journey with a vegan lifestyle – raw and not. Nina’s background includes a classically trained chef father who was not entirely convinced of the merits of her culinary pursuit into the healing power of food. Cut to the raves Nina received as she served 400 LIVE VEGAN TACOS at the 2013 Los Angeles Food & Wine festival, with her father by her side grinning with pride.
With years of experience in food as well as skincare - and a calm, spiritual demeanor that is simultaneously electrifying - Nina is an excellent guide for the guests at The Ranch, where she gives lectures, presentations and demonstrations on health, nutrition and whole foods. She oversees The Ranch's kitchen and works in conjunction with The Ranch's garden to develop seasonal and gorgeous garden-to-table recipes that are key to the experience at The Ranch.
Previously, she was the Kitchen Manager and Chef at The Springs Restaurant and Wine Bar, a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Curtis was also trained at Living Light Culinary Institute, Trinity School of Natural Health and Natural Gourmet Culinary Institute. In addition to her culinary expertise, Curtis is a licensed esthetician, certified Kemetic yoga instructor, aromatherapist, iridologist, reflexologist, and is also the founder of The Nile Institute, a holistic skincare and wellness practice.