Media Personality, Healthy Comfort Food Chef, Weight Loss Expert, and New York Times Bestselling Author, Devin Alexander, is the Chef of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and the author of 8 cookbooks including “The Biggest Loser Cookbook” Series and “The Most Decadent Diet Ever”. Devin’s unique approach to healthy cooking and her motivational personal story have landed her regular appearances on talk, news, weight loss and fitness shows for over a decade, making her America’s Go-To Expert for decadence without consequence.
Devin has shared her secrets through frequent appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Biggest Loser, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, The View, FOX, CNN, and others, and through over 500 magazine features including Prevention, Men’s Health and Shape. She’s coached thousands of pounds off others and has maintained her own 70-pound weight loss for close to 30 years. She truly lives and eats her message: you don’t have to deprive yourself to be fit and healthy.
Lets get to know some health & fitness secrets from Devin Alexander as she catches up with Namita Nayyar, President Women Fitness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
You have had a spectacular journey being the host of Healthy Decadence on Discovery Health and Fit TV from 2007-2011, Host of “America’s Chefs on Tour” on PBS and through frequent appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Biggest Loser, Dr. Oz, Access Hollywood Live, The Doctors, Dr. Drew, The View, OMG Insider, Dr. Phil, FOX, Style Network and many more. Walk us through your culinary journey and tell us how it all began?
Ms. Devin Alexander:
My Italian Grandmother taught me to cook from a very young age…and I always say that cooking is the only true talent I have. Unfortunately, loving food so much and not being as knowledgeable as I could have been, I tipped the scales at 200 pounds as a 15 year old. Desperate to lose weight…and with NO willpower, I figured out that I could re-engineer my favorite foods to shed the extra pounds so I would stop being bullied in high school. And it worked; I dropped 70 pounds. I planned to be a screenwriter, so moved to LA after college having been recruited by the Television Academy (you know, the people who hand out the Emmy’s).
I started volunteering at charity events (cooking) in an attempt to make nice friends since I knew no one in LA. In the process, some celebrities figured out that I could cook healthy food that tasted super fattening. I wound up going to culinary school after being woo-ed to be a private chef and fell into owning a catering business. Tired of lugging groceries and realizing my passion was helping people enjoy food…and “Have it All”, I took a job at Muscle & Fitness Magazine to learn the media side of things and to begin to reach a mass audience. It worked like a charm and I’m now proud to say that this New Years Eve has marked 12 years of my doing regular national TV spots (Good Morning America had me demonstrating a healthy, last minute New Years Eve party on New Years Eve morning back in 2004).
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
You are a world leading Media Personality, Multi-time New York Times Bestselling Author, Restaurateur, Healthy Comfort Food Chef, and Weight Loss Expert. Introduce us to a day in your remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle.
Ms. Devin Alexander:
Ha! No day is the same and that’s part of the reason I LOVE my job! When we hire new team members, we tell them outright that we don’t know what the job is…they need to be up for anything (within reason, obviously!). There are times I cook all day most days…and times I go weeks without really being in the kitchen because I’m off inspiring people through speaking. I’ve toured the country shooting the PBS Show and spent 28 days straight on a cruise ship where I’d licensed my restaurant! I run around shooting photos for social media and shoot videos for various series I’m working on. I also spend a lot of time with other entrepreneurs. I’m part of Entrepreneur’s Organization and also a Mastermind Group. I went to a kid-like summer camp for top tier executives last year too. I think it’s so important to always been learning from others…and it’s GREAT to have people who truly care about me lovingly point out where my shortfalls might be so I can continue to grow and create an impact.
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