The Synergy of Expertise

    • Hess
    • Mary Abbott Hess
    • Kimbrough
    • Mary Kimbrough
    • Powers
    • Catharine Powers

Mary Abbott Hess

Mary Abbott Hess, LHD, MS, RD, LDN, FADA, a nationally recognized expert in food and nutrition communications, is president of Chicago-based Hess & Hunt, Inc., which has provided consulting services to the food and health industries and to government for thirty years. As a nutrition educator, Mary believes that great-tasting, healthful foods enhance quality of life.

Mary recently served as chairman of the board of directors of The American Institute of Wine & Food. She is also a former president of The American Dietetic Association (ADA), now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and served as founding chair of the association's Food & Culinary Professionals Dietetic Practice Group. While holding the Steenbock Chair at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Mary developed nationally used nutrition education materials and programs. In 1997, a national award for food and culinary excellence was endowed in her name, and in 2005 ADA recognized Mary's service to the dietetics profession with the it's highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award.

Since 1996, Mary has published and spoken extensively on the influence of flavor on eating behavior and the importance of portion control. She is frequently interviewed by print and electronic media, is a popular speaker at meetings of national organizations, and has been invited to testify before several congressional committees.

Mary is the award-winning author of nine books and more than 75 articles in professional journals and the popular press. Her Review of Dietetics: 2007-2009 Edition is the 11th revision of a popular text assisting dietitians in attaining certification. Her most recent cookbook, Essentials of Healthful Cooking (Williams-Sonoma), was nominated for a 2004 James Beard Award. An earlier cookbook, The Healthy Gourmet (Collins), was nominated for a James Beard Award in 1995.

Mary currently serves on several boards of directors including Les Dames d'Escoffier Chicago Chapter and the McCormick Boys & Girls Club. In addition, she is special events coordinator for the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions.

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