AWARD-WINNING TV HOST and AUTHOR : Susan Irby The Bikini Chef(TM) hosts Bikini Lifestyles(TM), winner “Best Health and Fitness program” on PBS TV and AM 790 KABC and is an expert in health and nutrition. An 8-time best-selling author, Susan helps others achieve their weight loss, fitness, and lifestyle goals through a focus on lifestyle change rather than short term diets. A featured monthly contributor to Max Muscle magazine, you’ve seen Susan Irby The Bikini Chef(TM) on: FOX11 Good Day LA, ABC7, CBS2, KCAL9, First for Women, Self, NBCLA.com, New York Post, NY Times,Catering magazine, Lake magazine, SheKnows.com, BBC radio, The Mail on Sunday, and numerous other national and international features.
Susan, The Bikini Chef(TM) is proud to have interviewed numerous well-known Chefs and Celebrities. Among them: Wolfgang Puck, Ace of Cakes’ Duff Goldman, rock star Gene Simmons, comedian Bill Engvall, Sara Moulton, Cat Cora, Joachim Splichal, Scott Conant, Ted Allen, Billy Bush, Donna Karan, Venus Williams, Denise Austin, Valerie Waters, Olympic Gold Medalists Delisha Milton Jones, Olympic Athletes Jamie Komer and Katie Uhlaender, Atlanta Falcon Tony Gonzalez, Cincinnati Bengals Coach Chip Morton, Cincinnati Reds Coach Matt Krause, Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and other notable celebrities.
“Fitness and food are essential to looking and feeling your best,” says The Bikini Chef(TM). “I put a winning attitude into everything I do and empower others to do the same and aspire to get healthy, stay healthy, and achieve their dreams.”
Where bikini cooking all began… Southern-born Susan Irby learned from the best, her MOM! “My mom was, and still is, a great cook. My love for cooking came from her. Plus at the age of 2, my grandfather took me into restaurant kitchens to meet the chefs!” says Susan, The Bikini Chef(TM), “It’s no wonder I love everything food!” “As the bikini cooking story goes, my family water skied on Lake Martin, Alabama from dawn til dusk. We’d be starving and end up cooking in our bathing suits. Bikini cooking was born!” After sampling foods from her books on tours around the country, fans asked Susan how she stayed in such great shape.
“My shift from cooking comfort foods turned toward creating comfort good with a healthy, delicious twist. I was cooking “bikini” before healthy was hip. Fans requested I teach them how to prepare everyday foods that would help them look and feel amazing. And once students heard my story of cooking on the lake in my bikini, they automatically called me The Bikini ChefTM! The name stuck and fits the essence of my trademark cuisine which uses fresh herbs, spices, and citrus flavors to enhance leaner, lighter, delicious foods,” says Susan, The Bikini Chef(TM).
Restaurant trained in Europe with Italian Chef Francesco Berardinelli and French Master Chef Marc Meneau, The Bikini ChefTM has shared the culinary stage with Master Chef George McNeill, Ming Tsai, Todd English, and Rocco Dispirito.
Susan stays active by running, swimming, and doing strength and core workouts at home. She ran her first ½-Marathon in 2012 and will run a full marathon May 2013 and again in September 2013 in Kauai. An advocate of both fitness and nutritious, delicious foods, Susan truly embraces the healthy lifestyle as promoted by her tradename, The Bikini Chef(TM).
Books by Susan Irby The Bikini Chef(TM):
The Clean Separation (2013)
The Complete Idiot’s Guide Quinoa Cookbook (2012)
Boost Your Metabolism (2011)
$7 Pressure Cooker Meals (2011)
Substitute Yourself Skinny (2010)
$7 Healthy Meals (2009)
$7 Quick and Easy Meals (2009)
Cooking With Susan, Southern Family Favorites (2000)