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Krystal Goodman

Nutritionist / Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Krystal received her Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, majoring in nutrition, while also minoring in Business Administration. During her time on Rocky Top, she was also an integral member of the rising leader in sports nutrition in Division I athletics, serving as Allison Maurer’s (C.S.C.S., R.D.) resident intern from 2009-2010. Her focus on nutrition and its relationship with athletic performance before, during, and after competition primed Krystal for a promising career whose influence has been felt throughout the Knoxville community.

Krystal Goodman’s passion for fitness and nutrition can only be matched by her clients’ performance in the gym and her first-class meal-prep in the kitchen. For over ten years, Krystal has been a personal trainer, building an impressive cliental and more importantly, a reputation for her clients’ results. She has shown her expertise as a coach while instructing fitness classes at Orange Theory Fitness when she isn’t training one on one. Her national certification through NCSF as a CPT along with another in the world-renowned TRX training system, and AAHFF for nutrition make Krystal a versatile fitness professional.

Moreover, Krystal launched Klean Nourish in the fall of 2019, creating the perfect clean-eating meal planning and nutrition counseling solution for life’s demanding schedules. From monthly meal plans, to recipes and accountability, the unparalleled nutritional value from Krystal’s nutrition coaching can only be surpassed by its outstanding results. Nationally certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Krystal’s knowledge of nutrition extends far beyond her incredible penchant for cooking.

Krystal has also shown her expertise at Blackberry Farm, an award winning five star bed and breakfast known for its Nutrition and Wellness as their personal trainer and nutritionist. On the farm she leads group fitness classes ranging from an outdoor high intensity class to an aqua fit class. With her nutrition knowledge she leads nutrition lectures and juicing sessions for guests.

Matt Conti

Executive Chef

I was raised New Haven, CT where my mother ignited my passion for cooking. I started out in bar and grilles but after my mom passed, I decided to elevate my career, so I moved to NYC. In Manhattan I was trained in upscale gourmet cuisine from all over the world. Since that experience I was recruited by a country club back in New Haven that caters to very elaborate weddings and Yale university. When the pandemic hit I lost my job with the country club and decided to make the move to Knoxville. I was hired by the Klonaris family and am currently running all culinary events for City Catering by Spaces in the City.

Jessica Payne

Food Connoisseur / Food Artist

I was born and raised in Knoxville, TN and earned a degree in Social Work but now I am a working artist, specializing in large acrylic and mixed media paintings. After joining AmeriCorps to help establish Beardsley Farm in the late 90’s, my interest in all things food related piqued. For decades, my #1 passion/obsession has been cooking food and trying out new cuisines, watching food shows and exploring restaurants all over the world. I travel with Carolina Reaper hot sauce in my purse.

Amanda Brown

Private Chef

Chef Amanda Brown discovered her passion for cooking at an early age while exploring both of her grandmothers cookbook collections. Their styles of cooking varied greatly, but with nana Mozzetta’s lifelong skills in Southern Cuisine and nonna Petralia’s Italian New Jersey influence it turned everyday cooking into a fun family experience. Having family in Baltimore and spending summers there also gave Chef Brown a lot of hands on experience with seafood and it’s preparation.

Amanda accepted her first culinary position at the age of 14 with a local immigrant owned sandwich and sub shop. Moving forward she received opportunities to work for companies such as Luray Caverns and Massanutten Resort while still living in Virginia. After relocating to Tennessee 13 years ago Chef Brown has held positions at popular restaurants such as Cracker Barrel, The Appalachian, and Junction 35 which is also the first Restaurant Distillery in the state.

With all of the knowledge and experience acquired at this point in her career, in 2022 Amanda was given an amazing opportunity to hold four pop up restaurant events in Knoxville Tennessee, and with a lot of community support she was able to sell out each event. Chef Brown also has a strong passion towards cooking for charity and held two benefit events in 2022 with the proceeds of the the first event going to UNICEF for Ukraine and the second going to Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville.

Amanda is also a mother of two wonderful children and received a certification from Vanderbilt in 2018 to support children with disabilities and provide parents of children enrolled in public school IEP guidance and assistance throughout that process. She enjoys helping her community and volunteering with local animal shelters or assisting with makeup for the local special needs prom.

Caitlyn Tate


Caitlyn is a lagree fitness coach, nutritionist, coffee connoisseur and self-proclaimed master chef. She loves creating meals that make you feel good, are packed full of nutrients and flavor, and often seriously debates whether she should ever go out to eat again.

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