Omni Taps 'Biggest Loser' Nutritionist to Create Healthy Banquet Menus

Omni Hotels & Resorts has hired Cheryl Forberg, R.D., as its in-house nutritionist, it announced last week. A James Beard award-winning chef and nutritionist for NBC’s popular weight loss competition show, “The Biggest Loser,” Forberg will collaborate with Omni chefs in order to create new, better-tasting healthy menu options for hotels’ food-and-beverage programs, including in-room dining, restaurant and banquet menus.

“Omni recognizes today’s discerning traveler’s demand food and beverage options that are both pleasing to their palates and nutritious for their overall well-being,” says Stephen Rosenstock, senior vice president of food and beverage for Omni Hotels & Resorts. “While Omni has a rich history of providing healthy, flavorful menus, Cheryl’s infinite knowledge and passion for wonderful food will help us successfully balance these two demands.”

Its Forberg partnership is the latest in a series of moves by Omni to give guests healthier food-and-beverage options. In 2007, for instance, it transitioned to no-trans-fat cooking oil and launched its “Art of Breakfast” menu featuring cage-free eggs and, a recent addition, gluten-free breakfast stations.

Says Forberg: “I’m eager to work with Omni to put flavors first, combining just the right amount of fresh delicious ingredients to create bold enticing flavors, that also happen to be healthy. Cooking with just the right flavor can turn an ordinary meal into an extraordinary experience.”

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