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Ali Manning

Umami Food Consulting

Ali Manning is a food scientist, author, and the CEO/Founder of Umami Food Consulting, LLC.
She is the creator of Food Science 4 Kids, a program that teaches grade-school children food
science education and allows them to perform hands-on activities that enrich their daily lives. Ali
is also the Program Consultant with Project Green Fork (a local restaurant sustainability
program within the Clean Memphis organization), which provides resources and support to encourage businesses in the hospitality industry to reduce waste in all areas of their operations.

Ali recently premiered as a competitor on Netflix's latest show, Snack vs. Chef, and is a 2023
Comcast Rise grant recipient. She published her first children's book, "Can I Play with My
Food?" in February 2022, inspired by her sister Alexi,s who has Down's Syndrome. Ali is a
graduate of Alabama A&M University and a Huntsville, AL native, but after being a transplant for
nearly 14 years, she considers Memphis her home. She is married to her husband (and photographer) Brian Manning, and they live with their loveable puppy, Kobe-Williams-Manning (named after their favorite athletes). 

Ali spends her time cultivating a life of joy through serving her community, skating with friends,
styling clients, and creating content that inspires others to "Seize the Day!"

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Events featuring Ali Manning
Events featuring Ali Manning