Chef Sara is a professionally-trained chef and registered and licensed dietitian with Centered Chef. Inspired by her excitement and passion for healthy eating, she stands firmly behind the company philosophy of eating well to live well.
Sara grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her love of food inspired her to attend Indiana University and earn a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Upon graduation, Sara went on to complete a year-long internship at the University of Massachusetts. While there, she worked in the sports nutrition department and provided nutrition counseling for the men’s and women’s collegiate teams. She gained clinical experience at Bay State Memorial Hospital and community nutrition experience at Longview Public Middle School.
Upon completing her internship, Sara decided to move to Chicago to begin her career. She passed the certification exam to become a licensed and registered dietitian. She went on to work as a Specialist in Clinical Nutrition for the University of Illinois Medical Center, followed by several years working as a Consultant Dietitian for Roche Dietitians.
Realizing not all of her dreams had been fulfilled, Sara set her sights on culinary school. She attended The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, Le Cordon Bleu Program and graduated at the top of her class. She began her career at Trotter’s To Go, a carry-out and catering operation of the world renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter. At Trotter’s, Sara learned the importance of quality product, professionalism and excellence working under Executive Chef John Vermigglio.
She has been a registered and licensed Dietitian since 2002 and has worked as a dietitian in both health care facilities and health clubs. Sara is a member of the American Dietetic Association, the Chicago Dietetic Association, and the Food and Culinary Professionals Dietetic Practice Group.. She is Adjunct Faculty for Kendall College, where she teaches nutrition and culinary classes. She has made numerous appearances on WGN with Chef Ryan and has been enjoying teaching for the Centered Chef Cooking Class Series. Sara enjoys leading an active lifestyle. She has completed marathons and triathlons and enjoys tennis and hiking.