Holly Rudin-Braschi

Culinary and Fitness Instructor, Cookbook Author and Journalist

Holly is the author Grill Power. Now in its second edition, Grill Power has sold over 50K copies. In addition to being a music instructor, Holly is a veteran professional cooking instructor and certified health fitness and nutrition lecturer, and journalist. She has inspired people of all ages to realize their fitness potential through her high-energy Feasting in the Fast Lane™ corporate presentations, radio and television shows, and publications.

Holly with Cathy Lee Gifford
at the Mall of America in Minneapolis

Holly dances Turkish cabaret bellydance
style at Rakkassah West Bellydance
Festival in Northern California.
Click to see Holly dance.

Certified Fitness Professional, Educator and Corporate Lecturer: An American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified instructor, Holly also teaches Zumba® and Sharqui™ Belly Dance Workout www.sharqui.com

Holly has combined her unique combination of culinary, nutrition and fitness knowledge to create Feasting in the Fast Lane™, a high-energy series of over 20 lectures that shows Americans how to achieve their fitness potential through healthy eating and exercise. A sought after speaker by major corporations and universities throughout the United States, Holly has been a wellness presenter at companies such as Apple Computer, 3M, Chevron, the IRS, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed, Motorola, National Semi-Conductor, Pacific Gas & Electric, and State Farm Insurance, among many others.

Holly and Yellowstone National Park Executive Chef Jim Chapman during an interview for her article “Rocky Mountain Cuisine” published in the Greek magazine Real Food.

Food and Fitness Journalist: Holly has written for a variety of national and international publications. As a freelance journalist her articles, which focus on such topics as food, fitness, nutrition, and travel, have appeared in magazines and newspapers nationwide (e.g. Cooking Light, Prevention Magazine) and has been represented by the New York Times News Syndication Services.

She has interviewed and written about Chefs Jacques Pepin, Anne Willan, Martin Yan, Sam Choy, Bruce Aidells and many others. Holly’s assignments have included trips to Alaska, Montana National Parks, Hawaii, Norway, Germany, Greece, French Canada and many other destinations. Previously, as fitness editor for ten years for the American Egg Board’s and USDA’s Rediscover Eggs, a quarterly newsletter for seniors, Holly interviewed the nation’s most eminent health and fitness professionals and fittest seniors including President Jimmy Carter. Early in her career, Holly wrote a weekly culinary column, for the San Jose Mercury News for over 4 years.

International Cooking Instructor: In addition to being an expert on grilling, Holly is also an authority on using small cooking appliances (food processors, blenders, microwave and convection ovens) to make international cuisine attainable for both beginning and expert cooks, as well as for children.

During her 20+ years as a professional cooking instructor, Holly has taught a wide variety of topics at professional cooking schools including Sur La Table, for special organizations including the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, and at public schools and colleges. Her range of classes include Heart Healthy Cuisine, Grilling, Chocolate, Northern Italian, Jewish/Kosher, Mexican/South West, Asian/Chinese, French, Hors d’oeuvres, Brunch, Holiday, and Children’s Cooking Classes.

Holly presents Grill Power to President Jimmy Carter when she was a judge at his Plains Peanut Festival cooking contest

Media Personality and Spokesperson: Holly sold over $10 million in products on QVC and the Canadian Shopping Channel as an on-air guest. Combining her culinary, health/fitness and musical expertise with her engaging, high-energy personality, Holly appeared on TV, talk-radio shows, and trade shows nationally and internationally. Her presentations in both English and French aired nationally on Canadian TV (including the show “Shopping Bags”) and radio. In addition, Holly presented in Greek with Vefa Alexiadou, the Julia Child of Greece, on Greece’s Number-1 rated Morning Show via satellite from Athens to four continents. On TV, Holly worked closely with famed television chef Martin Yan as his personal assistant. Holly also appeared weekly on television in Austin, Texas, in a five minute Feasting in the Fast Lane™ segment which she produced for KXAN-TV’s “Saturday First Cast,” a local news/magazine program.

Recipe Developer: Holly has developed heart-healthy recipes for major food and appliance manufacturers and distributors that appeared in product cookbooks, hangtags and point of purchase displays, and on their web sites. She has created hundreds of recipes for Melissa’s/World Variety Produce, Inc., DaVinci Gourmet Syrups, Morinaga Foods, manufacturers of Mori-Nu Tofu, Petaluma Poultry Processors (Rocky the Range Bird) and Protein Technologies, Inc., the soy products division of DuPont, Salton, Meyer Cookware, and Cutco. She was also a contributing editor to the Mori-Nu Tofu Times, writing articles and developing recipes for this trade publication and web site.

Holly with Chef Paul Prudhomme

Holly studying at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone with Instructor Chef Ken Woytisek.