Promote human values that embrace self-empowerment, self-responsibility, respect, wellness, openness, calmness, forgiveness, compassion, equality, kindness, and peace.
Share secular zen teachings and principles to encourage mindfulness, wellness, and the development of a good quality of life.
Marie-Annick is an 8-time Spectrum Award Winner for Excellence in Customer Service. She is an entrepreneur, a best-seller author of numerous books, and contributed to many publications over her lifetime. She is a highly respected world leader in the wellness, sports, and healthy lifestyle industries. More importantly to her, she is a Mindfulness Teacher.
Born and raised in Paris, France; she moved to California in 1985 and never looked back. Like most people, she realized that life was challenging in so many ways. After facing traumatic events from a young age, she realized the importance of always moving forwards while planning for the future. Being dyslexic, studies were challenging, even after years of speech therapy. She often found solace in sports where she excelled. With the support of many, she became a world-class table tennis player and a coach in high demand. Over the years, she taught and coached many teams and individuals in her favorite sports from table tennis, tennis to soccer.
Her quest for knowledge and understanding of wellness, human capabilities, spirituality, sufferance, and happiness brought her to embrace various educational pathways. From the Chamber of Commerce & Industry School (Certificate of Commerce & Management - Paris, France), Van Den Meer University (Certified Tennis Instructor), USTTA & FFTT Table Tennis (Certified Instructor & National Coach), CYSA (Certified Soccer Coach), Century Business College (AA Culinary Arts), World Pastry Forum (Certified + ACF and IACF Accredited), Wilton Cake School (Certified Level I, II, and III), Sports Psychology (INS), WSET (Certified Level 2 Wines + Spirits), to various certificates around nutrition, fitness, life coaching, mindfulness, and the states of consciousness. Learning from a multitude of sources, including Buddhist Monks and Masters (Nguyen Tien, Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Pema Chodron to name a few), provided her with wide knowledge and a discipline that has served her well. Being aware of the rapidly changing world, she keeps up with her education on her favorite subjects (Psychology, Dietetics, Mindfulness, and Human Potential).
For the past 22 years, her “Healthy Chef Program” and books were utilized to create educational programs in various schools and industries. The program certified thousands of Chefs around the world specializing in a healthier way of eating and cooking. Today, Marie-Annick is proud to have inspired a new career path that has become mainstream in the culinary and wellness industries. Marie-Annick enjoyed consulting and coaching many clients from doctors, registered dietitians, scientists, clergies, Buddhist masters, teachers, restaurateurs, chefs, fitness gurus, farmers, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and endless individuals. Under her guidance, many of her private clients embraced healthier lifestyles and inspired many to do the same.
As in her youth, Zen practices and discipline have helped her overcome many challenges and brought much success in her life. She recognized that such knowledge could be helpful to her clients. Her longtime Korean teacher, Master Nguyen Tien, The Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Pema Chodron inspired her to deepen her practices over the years. Embracing such path brought balance and compassion to her life. It also gave her a profound sense of peace, joy, and happiness. To her surprise, some monks and Buddhist practitioners compared her to the Goddess Tara and even gave her the surname of “Tara Tengen” (Mother of Liberation with Heavenly Eyes). With the encouragement and permission of her late Zen Teacher, Master Nguyen Tien, and to perpetuate his teachings, she is now fully committed to promoting such secular-inspired zen methods which she has embraced for more than four decades.
Yes, coaching has always been a passion of hers while diminishing suffering her life mission. She rejoices over the betterment of lives and seeing dreams realized. She often volunteers for projects that support human dignity, wellness, women' welfare, and children with dyslexia. She is thankful for the numerous business partners that embraced her mission all these years and for clients who trusted her with private matters. She is grateful to all her teachers who keep coming into her life. She believes in actions that promote self-responsibility, respect, wellness, growth, equality, equanimity, compassion, kindness, peace, and happiness.
Marie-Annick is highly respected for her professionalism, knowledge, compassion, and skills that bring undeniable human progress. She often surpasses expectations and is often willing to go the extra mile. She welcomes any person ready for growth, as willing souls are limitless potentials for the benefit of all.
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- Food and Wine Pairing Demystified (2sd. Edition)
- Food and Wine Pairing Demystified (1st. Edition)
- Cooking Well Series:
- The Park Avenue Plan For Weight Loss
- The Saint-Tropez Diet
- The Body Sculpting Bible Express for Men with Sculpting Diet Plan
- The Body Sculpting Bible Express for Women With Sculpting Diet Plan
- The Code
- Life Coaching Success
MARIE-ANNICK'S TEACHING MATERIAL OVER THE YEARS
- 3D Teachings and Practices (2020 to present)
- The Healthy Chef Certification Program (2000 to present)
- The Personal Fitness Chef Program (from 2005 to 2019)
- Mastering The Mind, Minding The Body and Mending The Heart (2010 to 2019)
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Spectrum Award for Excellence in Customer Service.
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Kid Healthy OC - Volunteer Recognition Award
2011, 2012, 2013
Outstanding Service Award - ACF OC/LA Chapter.
2011 City of Santa Ana
Proclamation for Recognizing Childhood Nutrition and Hunger Day, Malnutrition, and Obesity.
2012 City of Santa Ana
Certificate of Recognition - ACF Chef & Child Foundation.
2012 OC Fair
Excellence in Culinary Arts and in Culinary Judging.
2010 - 2011 IIChef
Honorary CEO of IIChef France - Creation of specific formulation for dietary programs for school cafeterias and colleges.
MARIE-ANNICK'S EXPERTISE BENEFITED
- St. Vincent de Paul
- Mercy House
- CareMore Medical Health Care Group
- The Diabetic Association
- Multiple Sclerosis Association-Foundation
- Dr. Spencer Ellis
- Nesta and Spencer Institute
- Dr. Apostolos Pappas
- Dr. Stuart Fisher
- Lucho Crisalle, R.D.
- James Villepigue, Fitness Expert
- Hugo Rivera. Fitness Expert
- D. Dunn, Football Professional
- McDermott-Will & Emery Law Office
- Prudential California Realty
- Farmer's Insurance
- MLC Solutions
- ii Chef International Association
- Ben's Original (Mars)
- French Gourmet
- Paris Bistro
- Century Business College
- Coronado Yacht Club
- France Organics
- Girl Scouts of America
- Allstate Insurance Company
- Community Senior Services, Inc.
- Kid Healthy
- Cooking Up Change
- Premium Gold Flax, Miller Family
- LMDT French Organic Products
- Crispa Crepes
- Kum Ng and his Parkinson's Disease Book
- OC High Schools
- Local Culinary Schools
- World-Class Athletes
- Many doctors, nutritionists, nurses, chefs, restaurateurs, and individuals...
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