Tesstessanguyena Nguyen, RD, LDN, is the founder and principal of Taste Nutrition Consulting. She is a professionally trained Chef and Registered Dietitian working with clients throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina and beyond. Tessa’s areas of expertise include recipe development, cooking classes and speaking engagements.

As an alumna of Johnson & Wales University and Meredith College, Tessa has extensive knowledge and experience in providing medical nutrition therapy through culinary applications for clients. Her ingenuity as a Dietetic Intern was recognized as she received both Meredith College’s Dietetic Internship Award for Leadership and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Outstanding Dietetics Student Award in 2014. She was also honored with the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award in 2017 by the North Carolina Dietetic Association. Tessa’s presentation at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in 2017 was a highlight in her young career, as she was able to share her passion for kitchen nutrition education to an even larger audience of dietitian colleagues and dietetics students.

Tessa’s passion for recipe development and modification is put into action when she teaches cooking classes at Duke Diet & Fitness Center. Tessa morphs clients’ family favorite recipes into lighter versions so they can take home both their cooking skills and healthy habits.

One of Tessa’s many speaking engagement experiences includes presenting at the North Carolina Dietetic Association’s Regional Spring 2016 Conference on gastrointestinal health. Her interactive presentation included tips to build a healthy gastrointestinal tract while demonstrating recipes using functional foods. Tessa also performs regular cooking classes for Dorcas Ministries to help the clients of their Food Pantry. She uses ingredients from the Food Pantry to create nutritious, satisfying meals for clients on a budget.

Tessa’s interests also expand into food writing. She has been published in Food & Nutrition Magazine as well as their online publication, Stone Soup. She also helped curate and contribute to Triangle Food Adventures, a blog that focuses on highlighting unique and interesting restaurants that are developing and building the culinary scene of the Triangle area.

Tessa’s latest assignment has her working in South Korea. She is teaching English as a foreign language to elementary students while incorporating cooking and nutrition into the lessons. Don’t miss out on any of the food and adventures she’s having by following her blog here.

Tessa’s passion for food, nutrition and education are put into action no matter what the project may be. She looks forward to teaching and empowering clients to reach their nutrition goals through flavorful culinary nutrition interventions, because there’s no substitute for good taste.


  • Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, 2017
  • Registered Dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist by the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition
  • Outstanding Dietetics Student, 2014
  • Dietetic Internship Award for Leadership, 2014
  • Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Member of the North Carolina Dietetic Association
  • Member of the Raleigh District Dietetic Association
  • Food Protection Manager and ServSafe Certified