Cheryl Forberg: An Exciting New Addition to the CHEFS Team

Cheryl Forberg: An Exciting New Addition to the CHEFS Team

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CHEFS Catalog

November 30th, 2017

Cheryl Forberg: An Exciting New Addition to the CHEFS Team

When Cheryl Forberg thinks back to the beginning of her career as a chef and dietician, she fondly remembers one day when her inspiration Jeremiah Tower, a well-known American chef who helped to pioneer what is now known as California cuisine, was a passenger on her flight to Europe. Cheryl was an international flight attendant for some time and jokes “I got tired of saying chicken or beef and that’s why I became a chef.” Ultimately though, that flight with Jeremiah in her presence was the catalyst that she needed to push herself towards her goal of making food her career. Once back in the States, she immediately got off of the plane, found the nearest pay phone, called the Culinary Academy in San Francisco, CA and the rest was history.

After schooling and extensive training in the US and France, Cheryl helped to open Wolfgang Puck’s first restaurant in San Francisco, Postrio. “I learned a lot but I also learned that I didn’t want to work in a restaurant or own one.” Her experiences in the restaurant business led to becoming a personal chef for many different families in the Bay Area. Throughout that period she started to realize that quite a few of her clients had dietary restrictions or allergies and also that there weren’t many chefs who were also dietitians and, vice versa, dietitians that were also chefs. This catapulted her into pursuing a degree in nutrition and a Registered Dietitian certification from UC Berkeley while simultaneously cooking as a celebrity private chef in the evenings.

Following completion of her degree, Cheryl headed south to explore new opportunities. Her schooling helped to set her apart from many in her field(s) and has led her to compile an impressive list of accomplishments throughout her career. This includes a position as Health Editor at cooking.com, Dietician at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, author of books that have earned her a spot on the New York Times bestseller list, being named a James Beard award-winning Chef and spending 17 seasons as the Chef and Dietician on NBC’s The Biggest Loser.

For Cheryl, her most treasured experiences with her Biggest Loser contestants and other clients is seeing their results and seeing them get healthy after all of their hard work. “I feel like if I just had this much to do with it - they work so hard and it is such a big change for people, a complete 180 in everything they are doing. I just feel like if I had anything to do with it, it is so gratifying!” To this day her past clients still inspire her to push herself daily with her own workouts. Cheryl emphasizes that the most important aspect to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle is exercise and movement. “I tell my clients that you have to put the workouts on your calendar like a conference call, it is just as important. It is so easy to rationalize your way out of it. It takes half a second to throw it by the wasteside.” Whether you prefer running or hula hooping, any movement is great and it is extremely important to find a form of exercise that you love so that you will make it a part of your daily routine. Cheryl explained “Some people eat to live and some live to eat. They don’t realize how empowered they are to have fun with food if they would just be more active.”

As a Northern California resident and someone who loves to indulge in amazing food, Cheryl has taken her own valuable advice to heart. She is sure to exercise every day while enjoying the bounty of the area which includes two of her absolute favorites - goat butter and smoked salt. “I LOVE smoked salt, that really changed my life!” Cheryl and her husband now own a 40-acre ranch where she spends her days developing their garden and property, growing Cabernet grapes and creating delicious and accessible recipes for wellness.

To check out some of Cheryl’s healthy and tasty recipes, look no further than chefscatalog.com. For more fun, healthy tips or links to purchase Cheryl’s books visit her website.

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