Who is the Plate Coach?

Tara Mardigan, MS, MPH, RD is a NYC-based nutritionist, also known as The Plate Coach. She is the co-author of Real Fit Kitchen, a cookbook for athletes, fitness enthusiasts and weekend warriors.

Her mission is to inspire others to find the most nourishing foods and lifestyle choices to meet their health needs and palates. She is a fearless and creative ambassador of healthful food choices.

Tara sees clients and athletes through her virtual nutrition practice, where her work is focused on lifestyle modification for disease prevention, optimal health and performance. She also consults in-person with clients, workplaces and restaurants in the NYC area.

Tara worked for a decade as the team nutritionist for the World Champion Boston Red Sox and helped the organization incorporate a food-first approach to optimize performance and win championships. She was also an integrative nutrition specialist at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and counseled patients at Lown Cardiovascular Center in Brookline, MA.

Tara serves on the medical advisory boards for LighterCulture.com and Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation. She volunteers as the nutritionist for Team Sjögren’s, the charity running team to raise awareness for Sjögren’s Syndrome, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s moisture producing glands are attacked. She is also the nutritionist for grown—real food, cooked slow for fast people—a restaurant concept sprouting in Miami.

Tara has completed four Boston Marathons, several half marathons and loves November Project, yoga, live jazz, farm-to-table dinners, bike-commuting and the Adirondack Mountains.

She studied nutrition at the University of New Hampshire (BS), Yale-New Haven Hospital (dietetic internship) and Tufts University (MS, MPH) where she concentrated in nutrition communication and health disparities.

The Plate Coach is a firm believer that ‘good for you should taste good, too.’