Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without.
Name: Devin Alexander
Occupation: Celebrity Chef on NBC’s Biggest Loser, NY Times Bestselling Author & Restaurateur
Hometown: Wyomissing, PA
Residence: Manhattan Beach, CA
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Short bio: Media personality, healthy comfort food chef, weight loss expert, and New York Times bestselling author, Devin Alexander is the Chef of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Host of America’s Chefs on Tour on PBS, author of 8 cookbooks including “The Biggest Loser Cookbook” Series, and Executive Chef of Devinly Decadence™ on Royal Caribbean Cruiselines. Devin’s unique approach to healthy cooking and her motivational personal story have landed her appearances on more weight loss and fitness shows than any other food expert or nutritionist in America. Devin has shared her secrets for unbelievably decadent yet healthy foods through frequent appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Biggest Loser, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, The View, FOX, CNN, and others, and through over 500 magazine features including Prevention, Men’s Health and Shape. Having maintained her 70-pound weight loss for close to 20 years, she lives and eats her message: You don’t have to deprive yourself to be fit and healthy.
How often do you fly? Every other week on average.
How many countries have you been to? 10.
How many continents have you been to? 3
Favorite American city: Manhattan Beach, CA (where I live…and assuming it qualifies as a city). I’m a big fan of NYC to visit as well.
Favorite international city: Venice, Italy.
Least favorite country: Haven’t figured that out yet!
Favorite airline: Still searching. :) I frequent Virgin, American & United these days.
Favorite aircraft type: Any that has flatbed seats in Business Class or above!
Aisle or window: Aisle.
Favorite airport lounge: Still searching.
Favorite U.S. airport: O’Hare.
Favorite international airport: Munich, Germany.
Favorite hotel: St. Regis.
Favorite cruise line: Royal Caribbean—my restaurant is there!!!!
Favorite island: Maui.
Favorite fancy restaurant: Fishing with Dynamite (not “fancy” but “upscale”).
Favorite hole in the wall: CA Roll Factory.
Favorite fruit: Cherry, grapefruit or blackberry—please don’t make me pick!
Favorite food: Meatballs.
Least favorite food: Mushrooms and beans.
Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Spicy Margarita most of the time; Kahlua & low-fat milk in flight.
Favorite travel movie(s): Up in the Air (gasp!).
Favorite travel show(s): No Reservations.
Favorite travel book(s): “Eat Pray Love” & Peter Greenberg’s Books!
Right now I am reading: Too many emails!!!
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines: Johnny Jet’s, of course!
Favorite travel website(s)—besides JohnnyJet.com, of course! Kayak.com.
5 things you bring on a plane: Healthy food, extra laptop battery, warm sweater, too much carry-on, Emergen-C.
What do you always seem to forget: To turn off my cell phone (or maybe I just don’t).
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? Chocolate or a super compact makeup kit—Clinique, anyone?
Favorite travel iPhone app(s): Passbook, airline apps, Waze.
Most embarrassing travel moment: Eating salad out of a Ziploc bag while sitting on the floor of the Fort Lauderdale airport in a Spirit Airlines waiting area when traveling as the host for a PBS series!!! The producer NEVER fed us (or booked us nice flights or gave us time to get food) and the only option was that or like Bojangles or some horribly fattening fried, fast-food dump!
Worst travel moment: See “Most embarrassing travel moment” above. Or the American Airlines flight I was on that had a fire in flight (someone’s laptop overheated) or the emergency landing (also an American Airlines flight) on my way home from shooting Healthy Decadence in Argentina in which they lost all of my luggage including a new set of chef knives! Or my United Flight from LA to JFK where we lost electrical and did an emergency landing. Or the LAX “to JFK” (that ended up in Philly) due to fog where we didn’t get off the plane for 11 hours…in Philly! Then had to rush via car to NYC to make my morning Good Morning America appearance with NO sleep and NO shower! Am I just unlucky???
What’s your dream destination? Really want to go on a food tour of Greece!
Favorite travel charity: Make-A-Wish—not sure that’s considered a travel charity, but, heck, they help kids travel, so let’s count it!
Best travel tip: Rule 240!!!!! Saved my butt a number of times! Basically says that if a flight is delayed for ANY reason but weather, they have to book you on the next flight on ANY airline! Woo hoo! Dodged an 18-hour delay out of Billings, Montana once!