Diane Henderiks’ passion for food, nutrition, and exercise has driven her successful career.
Henderik’s parents were a large influence on her love of food. Her mother was German-Irish and her father was Italian and both loved to cook, making hand-me down recipes a common thing in their kitchen. "My parents were both cooks, I think that’s where all my cooking stems from." She said.
In 1988, Henderiks attended Monmouth University where she earned degrees in marking and management. After graduating, she landed a job in the garment district in New York City, but she knew that wasn’t the right path. "I was like this is not the career for me, and so I went back to school.” She said.
In 1997, she completed the Dietetic Internship Program at University Hospital at The University of Medicine & Dentistry. She then started her own nutrition consulting firm, “Diane M. Henderiks, R.D. & Associates, LLC”, in 2004.
Hendriks’ began to notice that people were equating eating healthy with boring, bland food, and she wanted to change that. In 2005 she self-published her first book “Diane’s Daily Dish”. Her second book “Shaken & Stirred: Healthy Cooking with Your Favorite Spirits” was published in 2007 and she has a third book coming out soon.
Hendriks has also created her own personal chef and catering business which is busier than ever. “I cook from anywhere from ten to twenty people a night.” She said.
She’s made multiple appearances on shows such as Good Day New York and Good Morning America, the latter of which she is a regular contributor. She is also in the midst of pitching an idea for a television show.
Henderiks has always done what she loves and doesn’t regret a thing. “I really believe that as long as you do what you love you’re golden.” She said.