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Talking Top Tens: Nicole Centeno

Founder and CEO of Splendid Spoon and Author of Soup Cleanse Cookbook


Nicole Centeno is a French Culinary Institute–trained chef and the founder and CEO of Splendid Spoon, an e-commerce business that provides all the tools and meals you need to create a peaceful relationship with food and your body. At Boston College, she studied diet therapies as treatment for illness and has taught cooking and nutrition courses at Columbia University. Centeno has also cooked in New York City restaurants, managed a catering business and worked in media strategy at Conde Nast. Nicole is the author of the newly released Soup Cleanse Cookbook, published by Rodale. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her two sons, and can be followed on Instagram at SplendidSpoonNY and NicCent and on Twitter.

And more with Nicole Centeno…

Which of the seven deadly sins are you guilty of:

I’m guilty of pride. Women have an unfortunate amount of self-doubt and I certainly have a propensity to feel guilty for my accomplishments and gifts. I don’t believe this serves me so I’m proud of my pride, ha!

Your biggest fashion faux pas, or a regrettable purchase/style phase:

I went through a heavy Lilly Pulitzer phase in college. Emotionally, I was the most repressed I have ever been so it’s interesting that I chose to face the world in vibrant pink prints.

What do you love most about your work:

My relationship with work is like any relationship with a human being I love. My work hurts me, I misunderstand it, it makes me cry, and it surprises me with weird beautiful things that show me what a privledge it is to be doing what I do.

Skincare product you can’t live without:

Aesop’s Damascan Rose Facial Treatment is a really enjoyable way to hydrate. The scent and luscious texture are sort of intoxicating so I can’t help but really relish the experience of massaging it into my skin.

Your motto in life:

Stop acting small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. That’s a Rumi quote.

Your last great read and why you enjoyed it:

The Paradox of Love by Pascal Bruckner. It’s equal parts wit, history, and mind twisting philosophy and I came out the other side with a deep fondness and admiration for all the unknowable complexities of love.

Your go­to power outfit:

High-waisted paints, silk blouse, really dark lips and flatforms.

You decompress each day by:

Connecting to my breath whenever I feel off balance and hugging my kids and giving them little massages whenever they will tolerate it!

The pair of jeans you will never grow tired of:

I am obsessed with white jeans and my high waisted Mother jeans with fringe hems are such a perfect combination of sexy and casual. I’ll definitely wear that pair with sweaters and clogs through fall.

Nail color currently on your hands and feet:

I’m wearing some kind of dusty turquoise on my feet and a near-black purple on my hands. I think of the colors that resonate most to my emotional state, and then narrow down my choice based on an intention connected to that emotion.