Dietetic Career Spotlight on Cheryl Forberg, RD, Chef & RD Nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
One of the nation’s leading advisors on health and nutrition, Cheryl Forberg is a James Beard award-winning chef and one of the few professional chefs in the country who is also a registered dietitian. She strongly believes you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to eat well and that eating well can change your life. She is the chef and nutritionist for NBC’s *”The Biggest Loser*”, and has written multiple bestselling cookbooks, including “*Flavor First: Cut Calories and Boost Flavor”* (Rodale).
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I am a classically trained chef first. I spent several years teaching myself to cook for private clients with dietary restrictions. I wanted to legitimize what I was doing so I pursued a nutrition degree and RD credential from UC Berkeley.
Your Job Title?
– Chef Nutritionist Advisor
– Chef & Nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser
Company you are with now?
– Also working on a show with CBS called Recipe Rehab (I am the culinary nutrition producer)
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Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
– I live on a farm in Napa and work remotely for most of my jobs.
– Typical day, coffee and emails, feed the chickens, more emails, conference calls, write blogs/articles and some days travel either for the show or to NYC or LA for media work.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I was introduced to the producers of NBC by a dietitian colleague in Los Angeles, Susan Bowerman, MS RD, Assistant Director of Nutrition Center at UCLA.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I was always a good cook, but lost of training refined my style and technique. I am also a good teacher.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Be adventurous and flexible. Don’t be too set on following a specific path you have in mind. Take your time and explore some of the forks in the road along the way. They may take you to wonderful places you never dreamed of going.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
I am already paid with much more than money. I love everything I do, the only downside to that I have no boundaries and hard to turn it off! I have so much gratification knowing that I may help people to live happier, healthier lives – there’s no monetary value you can attach to that – truly priceless!