Diane graduated from Monmouth University with degrees in marketing and management then began a career in the garment district of New York City. It did not take long for Diane to realize that food and health was where she wanted to focus her career so went back to school with a focus in nutrition and health sciences and 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! 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!” It did not take long for Diane to become one of America’s top go-to food, healthy cooking and eating experts for national television, print and on-line media! She has appeared on Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, The Chew, CBS Early Show, Good Day New York, CBS News, ABC News, NBC, FOX, CNN, TLC, The Better Show and Martha Stewart Radio and has been featured in The New York Times and in Shape Magazine.
Diane is an advisory board member for the American Vegetarian Association, District 11 State Legislator Ambassador for the New Jersey Dietetic Association and an active member of the American Dietetic Association, International Association of Culinary Professionals and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. Diane travels the country sharing her expertise and engaging audiences at the nation’s top food & wine festivals and women’s events with her true “Jersey Girl” pizzazz. Some of her favorites have been Disney’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, The 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, Sandestin Wine Festival & Phoenix Women’s Expo, to name a few.
Day to day, Diane manages her catering and personal chef companies, teaches cooking classes and packs school lunches for her two boys. 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.