The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts was founded in 1994 by Elizabeth Ann Foster, a certified macrobiotic counselor. Elizabeth started the school to manifest her vision of advancing the appreciation and practice of natural, whole food cooking in the Southeast. This vision was continued under the stewardship of Dawn Pallavi, experienced teacher, counselor and macrobioticchef. With culinary training in France and the US, Dawn brought a culturally eclectic flair to the art of natural, whole foods cooking.In 2009, Rich Goldstein, a long term advocate for personal lifestyle health, assumed ownership of The Natural Epicurean and expanded the professional curriculum to a comprehensive, plant-based conscious cooking program that includes, in addition to macrobiotics, raw foods, classical vegetarian cuisine, and Ayurvedic cooking. The new program also offers strong components in business skills, culinary aesthetics, managing workplace stress, and practicing mindfulness in the kitchen.