Nancy S. Hughes: Experienced, knowledgeable, trustworthy. A food consultant specializing in developing healthy recipes for the food industry.

NS Hughes Inc. Clients

Over the years, we’ve handled some cutting edge projects for our clients who come from every segment of the food industry. Some of our most recent projects have included new concept development, creating recipes to be used in focus groups, and developing a variety of recipes using products not yet on the market. This gives the client a better perspective on how their product will be received by the public.

See examples of Nancy S. Hughes’ work throughout this section.

Because of the relationships we’ve built up over the years, Nancy has become the ‘go-to’ food consultant for many of our clients. Her combination of experience, knowledge of food, knowledge of consumer and food trends, and her strong work ethic makes her a valuable asset for some of the largest food companies and health organizations in the USA and Canada. See below what some of our clients have to say about Nancy’s work.


See what some recent clients have to say about Nancy’s work:

“I’ve worked directly with Nancy for a number of years on a number of projects, and each collaboration is a joy on many levels. She consistently delivers outstanding work and jaw-dropping recipes that meet our strict guidelines and resonate with our constituents, and she’s a stickler for deadlines. But more importantly, she does everything with an infectious enthusiasm that makes even the most difficult project or tedious task fun. Some of the best moments of my professional life have come sitting with Nancy over dinner and hashing out the minute details of a promising but unformed book idea, and thinking to myself that a discussion about nutrient counts or meal plans shouldn’t be this exciting. But Nancy makes them that way, and that excitement carries through from start to finish. That mixture of professionalism and passion and pure joy is incredibly rare, but that’s what you get with Nancy.”

-Abe Ogden, Director, Book Publishing, American Diabetes Association


“I’ve had the pleasure to work with Nancy on a number of occasions over the years. She’s a talented recipe developer who has always been able to deliver delicious—and meticulously tested—recipes that fit whatever criteria I’ve given her, whether the recipes needed to fit specific nutritional needs, include specific ingredients, use particular techniques, or all of the above. She’s amazingly easy to work with and has never missed a deadline.”

-Rachel Quinlivan West, RD, Food Editor, Oxmoor House


“Nancy is a joy to work with.  Her professionalism and understanding of clients’ needs combined with her culinary creativeness – always with an eye to practical application – make her recipes palate pleasing and easy to use. We have worked with Nancy for several years and our clients have always been very pleased with her recipes. She hits the right notes in incorporating the featured product (as an ingredient) into current food savvy, delicious recipes that are easy for the consumer to make. Whether it is for a healthy recipe, or a very short recipe to fit on the smallest label, she has always come through with the perfect idea and the perfect result.”

-Carla Dean, Vice President, Account Services, Block and DeCorso


“Nancy Hughes is one of the best recipe developers I’ve ever worked with – from specific recipe collections to an entire cookbook. Her recipes are fool-proof, delicious and as nutritious as you need them to be. Nancy is very versatile with flavors, too, accommodating global cuisines. You want a Mexican twist? Or a taste of China? She can do it all … and with an infectious laugh and bubbly enthusiasm to boot! Nancy is the go-to resource for recipe development.”   

-Angela Dansby, Communications Manager, Canolainfo


“I’ve worked with Nancy on many projects over the years and have always been impressed with her enthusiasm, professionalism and especially her creativity!  When I work with Nancy I know she’ll go above and beyond for me.”

-Sue Kennedy, Account Manager, Evans Hardy + Young


“I have had the pleasure of working with Nancy for the past three years.  She is passionate about her work and brings that passion to ideas about food. Nancy has her fingers on the pulse of food trends.  We have challenged her to develop recipes that offer unique combinations of flavors and textures to enhance the sensory pleasure, and she has never failed to deliver.  The finishing touch is outstanding food styling and photography, making the visual experience second only to preparing and eating her creations.”

-Tom Krugman, Executive Director, National Processed Raspberry Council


“Nancy Hughes has been a wonderful ‘addition’ to our Del Monte® Kitchens™ team!  We have employed her as an outside culinary consultant for the past two years. Nancy has a great sense of our brands, and combined with her expertise, responsiveness, and genuine passion for food, it makes her both an asset to our organization and a pleasure to work with!”

-Xander Shapiro, Director, Health & Wellness Del Monte® Foods Inc.


“Nancy Hughes is an excellent recipe developer and I enjoy working with her on articles for the Cooking Club magazine. She provides creative on target recipes and is particularly adept at healthy quick recipes that work well for today’s modern cook.”

-Janice Cole, Food Editor, Cooking Club


“I have known Nancy for almost 20 years and have worked with her with both Relish magazine and Cooking Light. Nancy is a spitfire of energy and ideas. She never ceases to deliver in a timely, efficient manner. She is a delight to work with, and thorough as can be. When it comes to project management, no detail eludes her. She is creative, smart and a whiz with food. Nancy is a staple in my rolodex and she should be in yours too.”

-Jill Melton, MSRD, Editor-in-Chief, Relish Magazine


“I’ve always loved working with Nancy. Not only she is a great recipe developer and tester, she has become a great friend. Her work is beyond professional, and you can always count on her to get the job done on time. I highly recommend Nancy and her team for any projects, large or small.”

-Sandra Nissenberg, MS, RD, Senior Editorial Director, Publications International, Ltd.


“I have only known Nancy for a short time, but her experience, knowledge and willingness to listen have impressed me.  She helped formulate a low sodium food product, which was both functional and delicious.  Nancy reacted very quickly to my requests and I was very impressed with her listening skills because the project was somewhat complicated.  She even delivered the samples herself to make sure there was no issue with the product!  I highly recommend working with Nancy and look forward to working with her in the future.”

-John Reidy, Market Development Manager, Health & Nutrition, Jungbunzlauer