From the time she was a teenager, Tracy Spalding had a natural understanding and love for cooking, and she was inspired to prepare elaborate meals for her family and their friends. This culinary passion, in combination with extensive travels, exposed her to the world’s cuisines. As an adult, she has tested recipes for a variety of cookbooks. She has studied with master teachers in Spain, Zanzibar, India and Italy, was a 2014 graduate of NTI’s Natural Food Chef program, and was quickly hired to lead cooking demonstrations, classes, and weekend workshops. Along with her role as NFC’s lead chef instructor, Tracy maintains a private business, in which she caters for groups, cooks for individual clients, and teaches menu planning and kitchen arrangement. She has had a longstanding commitment to cooking for those in greatest need and is actively involved in a number of non-profit and community cooking organizations.