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 Our Team

Chef Mark Reinfeld is joined by Naturopathic Doctor Ashley Boudet along a team of dedicated vegan educators and proponents. Meet the team!

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Chef Mark Reinfeld

An award-winning chef, educator and authority on plant-based cuisine, Chef Mark Reinfeld is the founding chef of the Vegan Fusion Culinary Academy. Mark has over 25 years experience preparing creative vegan and raw cuisine and has led plant-based cooking workshops and chef training around the world.

In 2017, he was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. He was the founding chef of The Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, voted "Best Restaurant on Kaua’i" Mark's first cookbook, Vegan Fusion World Cuisine, was named “Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the USA.”

Since then, Mark has authored seven more books including the bestselling 30-Minute Vegan series, as well as his latest books detailing the links between health and plant-based diets.

The Vegan Fusion Culinary Academy is the culmination of his dream to bring mindfulness, passion and compassion to the culinary world by encouraging more people to discover the pleasures and benefits of plant-based cooking.

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Dr. Ashley Boudet

Ashley is a Naturopathic Doctor trained in Primary Care Medicine. As a Naturopathic Doctor, she is committed to promoting a connection to nature as a pathway to healing. 

Ashley has always had a passion for wellness and nutrition. After spending several years in the social work and behavior research fields, Ashley decided to integrate her interests in helping people thrive by pursuing a doctoral degree at the National College of Natural Medicine in Oregon.

During her many years of studying physiology, nutrition, psychology, public health and naturopathic medicine, she began to understand that the true meaning of wellness lies within the individual. From this understanding she accepts a call to support others on their own personal quests for healing.

- Executive Board Member, International Congress of Naturopathic Medicine
- Member, Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association
- Member, Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Courtnay Dietz

Courtnay is a Founding Owner of Vegan Fusion Academy. She has had a lifelong interest in health, wellness and education and, more recently, in cooking and gardening. After twenty years in finance and human resources, she left the corporate world to focus on these passions. She is a co-founder of The WishList Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a member of The Board of Directors of Almost Vegan Cooking School. 

Courtnay has a B.S. degree in entrepreneurial management from The Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania and J.D. from Concord Law School. 

Courtnay’s vegan journey began many years ago and she has enjoyed sharing all she’s learned and experienced with family and friends, and recently with an online audience through Almost Vegan Cooking School’s video cooking and gardening series. She has participated in cooking demos at Colorado’s VegFest and assisted with other corporate and consulting catering events. She looks forward to continuing to share her love of plant based cooking as a way to promote a more compassionate and sustainable world.

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David Dietz

David is a Founding Owner of Vegan Fusion Academy. As an entrepreneur and investor, he is focused on health and wellness as well as promoting a sustainable future through plant-based living. 

After successful careers in construction and real estate, David has spent the last ten years working to improve the lives of people in his community. He co-founded The WishList Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting local families enduring unforeseen hardship. As a Founder and Director of Fresh Harvest Food Bank, he distributed fresh produce to thousands of families in need throughout the Denver metro area.

David continues to educate himself and others on the importance of maintaining a sustainable environment and animal welfare. David serves on the Board of Directors for Almost Vegan Cooking School, developing its online curriculum and overseeing video production and editing.  

 In addition, David continues to provide advice and consulting to local small business owners and non-profit organizations.

 

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“This class was amazing! I've been vegan for over 3 years and I still learned so much. Mark added so much humor and personality to the experience. Take this class if you want to learn how to make AMAZING food as well as learn about the plant-based lifestyle and its benefits.”

- B.B. VF Student