While the show is filmed in Los Angeles, Rosendale continues to have strong ties to Greenbrier County. He lists his hometown as Lewisburg, West Virginia, in his introduction as "Chef Richard" on "Recipe Rehab." "I still keep in touch with a lot of people at The Greenbrier," he said.
"I have two little boys and there was a shift for me. It became more that I wanted to inspire and educate people to cook great healthy foods. We have another baby on the way in February.
"I wanted to do something that would bring what I do closer to my family. My son, Liam, lit up when he saw daddy on television. This is one of the reasons I made this change," Rosendale said.
"If viewers watch the show, they can try a recipe; but more importantly, it teaches people to think alternatively. Maybe baking it, instead of frying it. Watching a few weeks of the show gives people knowledge of how to cook healthier. They can apply the principles they learn to recipes that have been in their families for a long time. That is one of the real positives of the show," Rosendale said.
Rosendale said that the families on "Recipe Rehab" judge the recipes on taste, nutrition and ease of preparation. "These are the three most important things. If it doesn't taste good, people are not going to eat it. I try to think creatively and give a family an alternative way to do the recipe."
Rosendale noted that food allergies are increasing. "The show really accommodates people with food allergies, as well as vegan, vegetarians, and those who must eat gluten-free."
For recipes, go to www.everydayhealth.com/reciperehab. The website recipes contain helpful symbols to show what allergens the recipe contains so that readers with dairy, egg, nut, wheat/gluten, red meat, and shellfish allergies can easily avoid those ingredients.
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