Meet Marlene

Meet Marlene Koch (pronounced “cook!”)

MarleneKochRDNHER FIRST LOVE: FOOD!  Growing up in a large, food-loving family of nine, Marlene has always been surrounded by food. “My mother practically lived in the kitchen, and at the age of 89 still loves nothing more than big family dinners,” says Marlene.  By the time she was a teen Marlene found her own niche in the kitchen by taking culinary classes and following her sweet tooth to become the family baker.

Since then, Marlene’s skills and extraordinary talent for cooking has turned into a lifelong passion. Marlene has not only joined her mother in the kitchen, she has added her own healthy twist. She states, “Like most families today my family’s dietary needs are as varied as their personalities, yet not a single family member wants to give up the great taste of the flavors they love. I make sure they don’t have too!”


MARLENE TODAY Known as a “Magician in the Kitchen” for her amazing ability to make excess sugar, fat and calories simply disappear, Marlene’s a nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist, culinary expert, television personality, and the New York Times bestselling author of the of the Eat What You Love series of cookbooks. The fourth book in the award-winning series, Eat What You Love Quick & Easy Great Tasting Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat and Calories will be released Spring 2016.


TELEVISION AND PRINT Marlene is a regular guest on QVC (where her books are proudly always “customer top-rated”), and she and her beloved recipes have been featured on-air from Fox & Friends, Home & Family, and The Today Show, to the Food Network. In “print” her work has been featured in numerous magazines including Cooking Light, Prevention, and Woman’s World, publications such as The Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post, and across the web on sites including The Daily Meal, Good Housekeeping, Self, Relish and, to name a few.


SHE KNOWS NUTRITION From her days of struggling with her own weight as a teen to keeping abreast of today’s hottest nutrition news and trends, Marlene knows nutrition. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of U.C.L.A. with a degree in nutritional science, Marlene completed an internship in dietetics, held the position of adjunct nutrition professor at Columbus State College and is one of a select group of dietitians to hold an advanced certificate in Child and Adolescent Weight Management from the American Dietetic Association.


SHE SHARES HER KNOWLEDGE Marlene’s nutrition and culinary expertise combined with her natural ease in any setting have made her a top-rated speaker, educator, and teacher for cooking schools, corporate clients, and leading health organizations. Specializing in wellness, weight loss, diabetes – and a love of great tasting food – she has delivered the message of good health and great taste to chefs across the country for the American Culinary Federation and at national conferences on behalf of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The American Heart Association, The American Library Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.


HOME AND AFFILIATIONS A California native, Marlene resides in the suburbs near San Francisco with her two sons and husband, who all say, the best place to eat is “home.” She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

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