Diane Henderiks is a personal chef and Registered Dietitian on a mission to teach America how to cook and eat well! Diane’s passion for food, nutrition and exercise has framed her life and career. She has been an all-state field hockey player, personal trainer, group fitness and spin instructor, gym owner, bartender, food columnist, recipe developer, martial artist, college nutrition professor, caterer and personal chef.
Diane graduated from Monmouth University in 1988 with degrees in marketing and management. She began a career in the garment district of New York City. It didn’t take long for her to realize that food and health was where she wanted to focus her career. In 1997 she completed the Dietetic Internship Program at University Hospital at The University of Medicine & Dentistry in New Jersey where she received the Award for Clinical Excellence. She then went on to start “Diane M. Henderiks, R.D. & Associates, LLC”, her nutrition consulting firm.
Cooking has always been Diane’s passion and she began to notice that people were equating eating healthy with boring, bland food which was not what she was whipping up! In 2005, after years in private practice Diane self-published a cookbook and started, “Diane’s Daily Dish”, her personal chef and catering business. “Any dish can be revamped to be good for you”, she says, “it just takes a little education and finesse!” Diane has become a go-to food, healthy cooking and eating expert for national television, print and on-line media. Media appearances have included the CBS Early Show, Good Day New York, Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CBS News, ABC News, NBC, FOX, CNN, TLC, BetterTV and Martha Stewart Radio. Diane has been featured in The New York Times and in Shape Magazine.
Diane is consulting nutritionist for Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts, council chef for Chef’s for Humanity and advisory board member for the American Vegetarian Association. She is the District 11 State Legislator Ambassador for the New Jersey Dietetic Association, an active member of the American Dietetic Association, International Association of Culinary Professionals and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. She travels the country sharing her expertise and engaging audiences at the nation’s top food & wine festivals and women’s events including Disney’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Southern Shows, Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival, Foxwood’s Food & Wine Festival, WOR Radio’s Taste of New York, Taste of the LPGA, Taste of Vail, Gulf Coast Woman’s Expo, Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival, Summit Food & Wine Festival & Phoenix Women’s Expo, to name a few.
Day to day, Diane manages her two companies, teaches cooking classes and hosts supermarket tours. She has raised the culinary bar for healthy cooking and is renowned for her expertise in creating wholesome cuisine that is both delicious and nutritious. Diane lives at the Jersey Shore with her husband Erick and sons Lukas and Derek.