Carly Wertheim, Chef, Culinary Wellness Educator  

Carly Wertheim

Natural foods chef, culinary wellness educator,   sustainability advocate

A life-long food and wellness enthusiast, Carly brings her wealth of nutrition knowledge to the kitchen, where she guides her clients to create health-supportive meals that nourish the body and spirit. She is a candidate for a master's degree in Nutrition and Education from Columbia University and a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Chef’s Training Program, where she trained to create whole, plant-based meals that maximize flavor and nutrition. Carly has worked in kitchens ranging from New York City's Gramercy Tavern, a Michelin-starred, farm-to-table restaurant, to California's Ceres Community Project, a NGO that delivers nourishing meals to cancer patients.

Carly's mission is to provide culinary inspiration and nutrition education to individuals looking to sustain or regain optimum health. Her clients have included patients with cancer, diabetes, hypothyroidism, cardiovascular disease, depression, and digestive disorders like IBS, IBD, and SIBO, as well as those working to improve their energy, sleep better, and feel more vibrant. Carly also teaches classes and leads workshops throughout the New York and San Francisco Bay Area at schools, hospitals, and community centers like Mt. Sinai Roosevelt Hospital, Mt. Sinai Beth Israel, The JCC of Manhattan, Barnard College, PS 118 in Brooklyn.

Carly was inspired to attend culinary school after extensive self-study and experimentation with whole foods cooking in an effort to support her own health. Frustrated with conventional medicine’s recommendations for her IBS diagnosis, Carly turned to the kitchen to manage her symptoms through food. Through trial and error, she found the foods that aggravated her symptoms and slowly worked to modify her diet. Knowing firsthand the difference that nourishing food has made in her life, Carly is passionate about helping others navigate the quest towards health and wellbeing.

Having majored in environmental science at Barnard College of Columbia University, Carly approaches cooking from a perspective that values and prioritizes sustainability. Her extensive knowledge of the local food shed in New York, background in sustainable agriculture, and home gardening hobby constantly inform and inspire her food choices. On the weekend, you can usually find her at the farmer’s market, batch cooking for the coming week, off on a hiking excursion, or daydreaming about vegetable gardens, redwood forests, and new recipes to try out for friends and family.


Carly has an uncanny ability to tune into her client’s needs and preferences to create delicious meals that both nourish and heal.
— Rebecca Katz, author of The Cancer Fighting Kitchen, The Longevity Kitchen, and The Healthy Mind Cookbook
Carly is a fantastic teacher. She has a delightfully pleasant, non-stressful approach to healthy eating and made the information and techniques fun as well as delicious. Her warm, enthusiastic manner, along with her amazing amount of information was truly wonderful and greatly appreciated!!!
— Allegra Levanne, Culinary Wellness for Cancer participant
We are so grateful for the health and love that Carly puts into her dishes. From the menus and shopping to the final creation, Carly’s kindness permeates her process. Through her cooking, we learned the best ingredients for people with cancer and how to combine them into delicious meals. We are lucky to have found Carly
— Jessica and Andrew B., personal chef clients, San Francisco Bay Area
Every time I return home after eating Carly’s food, I try and add something new to my healthy eating repertoire! I wish all my patients could work with her. Thanks for the brilliant food.
— Aditya Khetan, MD, University Hospitals Case Medical Center
One of the best decisions I ever made was hiring Carly as a personal chef for our family. She is a truly gifted chef and has taught us so much about how food affects our overall health. We all noticed marked improvements in sleep, digestion and energy shortly after turning our menu planning and cooking over to Carly. She introduced us to so many new dishes created with the freshest and most delicious produce of the season. Our meals are now incredibly beautiful, colorful and flavorful. We have absolutely loved everything Carly has cooked for us and feel very lucky to have her positive and happy energy in our home! I just love working with her.
— Carol M., personal chef client, New York City
My family hired Carly to help my husband fight cancer. One of his doctors had recommended a ketogenic diet, which is very challenging.  Carly planned, shopped, and cooked weekly meals tailored to this diet and our family preferences. She has the impressive ability to adapt recipes and menus to ever-changing needs.
Carly’s delicious, nutritious meals helped my husband keep his weight (and spirits) up during treatment.  During his sessions with Carly, he developed his culinary skills, as well as his knowledge of ‘food as medicine.’  Carly’s work also helped the household run more smoothly, since we didn’t have to spend time preparing meals, or cleaning after cooking.
We would highly recommend Carly’s Wellness Kitchen to those needing guidance on how careful cooking can address health issues.  She is a bright, knowledgeable, and extremely hard-working entrepreneur, and a lovely person. We are thankful for our time with her!  
— Charlotte, B., personal chef client, Brooklyn