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Sano School of Culinary Medicine is the UK’s leading online nutrition education business offering a Diploma in Applied Nutrition. Developed by Dale Pinnock, using evidence-based nutritional science, our diploma provides students with the knowledge and tools to make food choices and develop recipes based around health. It is the place to discover and learn the power of nutritional science and evidence-based eating for better health.

Dale originally formed The School of Culinary Medicine in 2015 and developed the Diploma in Applied Nutrition to enable those interested in nutrition to study at a more detailed level without committing to a full time degree or just a quick beginners certificate. He also wanted to create something that is totally flexible to fit around peoples’ lives no matter how busy their schedule is. The diploma is applicable to all those with an interest in food and nutrition including health professionals, nutritionists, fitness instructors, wellness experts and bloggers.

In 2016, together with Doug and Heather Richards, Dale co-founded Sano with the aim of sharing truthful information about cooking and eating food that is rooted in fact. Sano is all about teaching everyone that medicinal health benefits can come from delicious food. It is a group of four businesses that support a new way of thinking and educate the community about healthy living. Every part of the group is committed to providing customers with practical nutrition solutions that are great for their health and based on nutritional science rather than fad or fashion.

The Sano team (from left to right): Dale Pinnock, Heather Richards, Doug Richards

The School of Culinary Medicine has now been renamed Sano School of Culinary Medicine and is one of the four Sano businesses. Our scientific expertise is what makes us unique. We share our knowledge and assets across all aspects of the Sano group.

We set the highest standards for our Sano School of Culinary Medicine. Dale and Heather ensure that the teaching material is best in class and up to date based on the most recent scientific evidence available. They also continue to develop and improve the course material and are currently developing additional courses that will be launched in 2017. They ensure that all of Sano’s education staff and course tutors are of the highest quality qualified Nutritional Therapists with relevant experience. To ensure our graduates qualification is highly respected, our diploma is challenging and we expect a high standard of work from our students. The Sano team provide exemplary support to students irrespective of their existing knowledge or expertise and are available to help every step of the way.

About Dale Pinnock

Dale is an award-winning best selling author and TV chef and has a deep understanding of how food supports health. He has a BSc in Human Nutrition, a BSc in Herbal Medicine and a PgDip in Nutritional Medicine. He has published ten books on the subject of nutritional medicine and won Gourmand World’s Best First Cookbook and the prestigious Miriam Polunin award from the Guild of Food Writers for his work in healthy eating. His books have been translated into 18 languages, and are available in 22 countries. Over the last 16 years he has made it his mission to teach people how to cook straightforward food that has a real impact on their health. He has appeared numerously on national TV, on shows such as The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Lorraine, This Morning, Tonight, and The Saturday Show, plus many international appearances across Europe, and Central America. He also worked as a chef and knows the importance of using affordable, accessible ingredients to make it easy for us to unlock the full potential of the nutrients in our food to maintain health.

About Heather Richards

Heather is an award winning Registered Nutritionist and Naturopath as well as a Chartered Accountant. She studied at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London where she was presented with the award for 'Overall Academic & Clinic Results in Nutrition’. Besides her role as Director of Nutrition at Sano she runs a busy clinic with a client base from London and the Home Counties providing; personalised nutritional and lifestyle advice, webinars, seminars, menu planning as well as cookery demonstrations. Heather has previously worked as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 10 years.

About Doug Richards

Doug has over 25 years of experience gained in the corporate world and before co-founding Sano, he worked as CFO at NewDay plc, CEO at CMC Markets, Group COO and Group Finance Director at AWD Holdings and Divisional Board Director at Centrica for 11 years. Doug has established several successful and high profile new businesses including Goldfish Bank. Originally he started his career in investment banking after qualifying with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer.


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