Christine Avanti is a published author, chef, nutritionist, President of the Jonathon D Fischer Foundation and a Health Consultant on Food Network’s new show Fat Chef but most of all she is an outspoken advocate of the transformative power of REAL food.

Christine’s love affair with food began at the age of five while living on a ranch in Gilroy, California with her immigrant grandparents, Rosemary and Luigi Avanti. Christine grew up cooking home grown produce and humanely raised animals. With these humble beginnings Christine was taught the value of organic, sustainable and locally grown food long before it became trendy.

In addition to her love for food, Christine became a fitness enthusiast and model in her early 20’s. Sadly, in her late 20’s, Christine’s grandfather, who was more like a father to her, passed away. Immediately after Christine, began to use food as an antidepressant to fill the sadness and sense of loss inside her. In six short weeks she gained 30 pounds, obliterating her modeling career and social life. She tried an endless stream of diets, all ending in failure regardless of her strong fitness background.

Eventually Christine met a nutritionist who taught her – in a nutshell – to stop dieting and eat more REAL food. Counter-intuitive, but it worked! She KNEW right then that it was her mission to share this with the world. And that is EXACTLY what she has done!

Christine has counseled more than a thousand clients one-on-one, who have collectively lost more than10,000 pounds. In 2009 Christine published her first bestselling book, Skinny Chicks Don’t Eat Salads with Rodale Publishing in 2009. Christine’s second book Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food (Rodale 2012) just hit stores throughout US, Canada and Europe in December 2011.

Christine has appeared as a guest nutrition expert and/or a healthy chef on the Today Show, Dancing with the Stars, Rachael Ray, The Doctors, Good Morning America, Oprah’s All Stars and dozens of others. She can be heard weekly on KLOVE radio and her comments and latest recipes can be found in magazines such as Vogue, W, US Weekly, Health, Fitness, and InStyle. (For a complete list of Christine’s media appearances, check out christineavanti.com.)

Christine has had the privilege of working with celebrities such as Chelsea Handler, Audrina Patridge, Samantha Harris, Giuliana Rancic, Elizabeth Berkley, Kym Johnson, Jeremy Piven, Jason Statham, Johnny Galecki, Rich Sommer, Marcus Allen, Henry Winkler and Steven Seagal.

Christine is a graduate of the Westlake Culinary Institute professional chef program; she is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals she has taught cooking classes at the Academy of Culinary Education. She holds an Associate of Science Degree in Applied Nutrition and Nutrition Certification from Huntington College of Health Sciences. She is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. She is has been certified in Fitness Training by CSU Hayward in 1997 and in Strength and Cardio Conditioning by INTRAFITT in 2001. In 2011 Christine worked as, the Nutrition Director and the Executive Chef of Spa Cuisine at Passages Rehab Center in Malibu. Her private health, nutrition and fitness coaching business is located in New York City and Los Angeles.