Cheryl Forberg, RD, is a James Beard award-winning chef and nutritionist for NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and a New York Times bestselling author. Her role is to help overweight contestants transform their bodies, health and ultimately, their lives. A culinary expert and registered dietitian, she has shared cooking and nutrition tips with the contestants and viewers for twelve seasons.
After graduating from the California Culinary Academy (CCA) in San Francisco, Cheryl embarked on a European apprenticeship journey, which culminated in stints at top French restaurants from Champagne to Strasbourg. Upon return to the United States, Ms. Forberg was chosen for the opening team of Postrio, Wolfgang Puck's first venture in northern California.
A passionate interest in healthy cooking led to her exodus from restaurant kitchens and an entrée to some of the most prestigious households in America. During this period Cheryl held the coveted position of Private Chef for Lucasfilm, Ltd. in northern California. She went on to earn a degree in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics and an RD (registered dietitian) credential from the University of California at Berkeley. As a former research dietitian at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, she had the opportunity to integrate her scientific background into recipe creation for a variety of dietary protocols. This distinctive skill set enabled her to extend her culinary expertise beyond celebrated restaurant kitchens into the creation of inspired recipes that are also healthful. She has developed a clear and concise recipe format, easily understood by novice students.
A food and nutrition journalist, Cheryl's writing and recipes have appeared in mainstream culinary and health publications, including Sunset, Health, and Prevention magazines as well as the Washington Post. She is on the advisory board for Prevention magazine.
Cheryl co-wrote the eating plan for "The Biggest Loser." She has written or contributed to thirteen books, including "The Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program," "The Biggest Loser Complete Calorie Counter," "The Biggest Loser Six Weeks to a Healthier You" and "Positively Ageless: A 28-Day Plan for a Younger, Slimmer, Sexier You." Her latest book is "Flavor First: Cut Calories and Boost Flavor with 75 Delicious, All-Natural Recipes" (Rodale 2011).
Cheryl writes a weekly blog of cooking and nutrition tips at http://www.cherylforberg.com/blog/. She lives on a farm in Napa, California. Follow her on Facebook www.facebook.com/cherylforbergrd or Twitter @CherylForbergRD.