Annette Hottenstein MS, RD, LDN - "The Sensory Science Specialist"

Annette Hottenstein is a sensory science coach for wellness professionals. Working primarily with Dietitians, Nutritionists and Food Service professionals, Annette empowers her clients to harness the power of the 5 senses so that they can show the world that nutritious foods taste great. In her “Certificate Program in Sensory Mastery”, Annette provides targeted knowledge on how sensory science can be fully leveraged for wellness professionals.


Prior to forming her consulting company, Annette worked for 15 years as a scientist specializing in the sensory properties of foods and beverages. A sought-after speaker and writer, she has presented at the Society of Sensory Professionals and for corporations such as McCormick & Company and has authored several publications in leading professional journals such as Appetite, Food Quality and Preference and the Journal of Sensory Studies.  You can connect with Annette and other sensory savvy professionals on her Facebook Page and Twitter.


When not hard at work, you can find Annette at home outside of Baltimore, MD with her husband, two children and Balinese cats. She is an avid reader of cookbooks and nutrition related literature and enjoys yoga, jogging, playing the piano and refinishing furniture.



  • Master’s Degree in Food Science & Technology - Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition - The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • Training in Dietetics from Texas A&M University with clinical rotations completed at Scott and White Memorial Hospital and the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center
  • Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist with the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Certified Leap Therapist (Lifestyle Eating and Performance) - Oxford Biomedical Technologies
  • Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition - eCornell University
  • Current Secretary of the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND)
  • Member of the MAND Speakers Bureau
  • Professional volunteer speaker for the Maryland Chapter of the American Diabetes Association (ADA)



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April 2014

Annette will be speaking at the Maryland Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Annual Meeting on the topic of "Sensory Science 101: Harness the Power of the 5 Senses So Your Clients Can Sincerely Appreciate How Nutritious Foods Taste Great".