Garrett Berdan, RDN, LD
Garrett Berdan is a registered dietitian nutritionist and chef. As a culinary nutrition consultant, Garrett specializes in K-12 school nutrition programs, quantity recipe development, culinary training, food communications and marketing, and spokesperson work. His career includes experience in nutrition and culinary communications, program management, culinary instruction, work as a retail dietitian, and production assistance for a Food Network television program. Garrett has written for Today’s Dietitian, Food and Nutrition Magazine, and the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.
After becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist, Garrett realized that he wanted to know a lot more about culinary arts and science in order to be a well-rounded food and nutrition professional. In 2004 Garrett attended The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone where he received the CIA Award for Culinary Achievement upon completing their Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program. In 2014 he began serving on the national advisory committee for Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids, an initiative of the Culinary Institute of America. He continues to be involved as the Membership Chair of the CIA Healthy Kids Collaborative. <http://www.ciahealthykids.com>
In 2011 The White House honored Garrett as a Champion of Change for his work with school nutrition programs and Chefs Move to Schools. Garrett’s experience with Chefs Move to Schools is featured in First Lady Michelle Obama’s book American Grown.
Growing up in Wenatchee, Washington, family time often meant working together in their apple and cherry orchards, and occasionally moving beef cattle on horseback. This exposure to agriculture gave Garrett an appreciation for the hard work that goes into producing nourishing foods.
Garrett is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Food and Culinary Professionals (FCP) Dietetic Practice Group, the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group, the School Nutrition Association, and the Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He has held many elected and appointed leadership positions with both the Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and FCP.
Garrett enjoys life in Pacific Northwest with his wife and son.