Who We Are
Chef Rose Archer and the True You Food Team
Rose Archer True You Food Founder + Chef
Rose grew up on Maui as 1 of 6 children to hippie parents. Her family organic-gardened as a way to supplement their food supply. These early experiences laid the foundation of what would become Rose’s lifelong passion: healthy delicious cooking.
Rose attended the Western Culinary Institue, Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, Oregon in 1995 and graduated in the top 5% of her class. After graduation Rose moved to Los Angeles and worked at 3 of the cities top restaurants, Spago’s in Beverly Hills, Campanile, and Les Deux Cafes.
In 1999, a 21-year-old Rose moved to Paris. She had no job, no place to live, no work visa, and didn’t speak a lick o’ French. She did, however, have 700 dollars, a maxed out credit card and a fierce determination to succeed. Over the next four years, she worked in a host of kitchens in Paris, Milan, Modena, and the Bavarian Alps.
Upon returning to the United States Rose worked for a short but impactful stint in San Antonio Texas before ultimately settling in Bend Oregon. While in Bend Rose was Head Pastry Chef of Broken Top Club, launched an upscale catering company, and became the Culinary Director of Allyson’s Kitchen, a local cooking school where she taught a majority of the classes.
Through all her years of cooking, Rose has taught public and private cooking classes and consulted for restaurants on menu + recipe development.
Vanessa Cobarrubia Registered Dietician
Vanessa is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Summit Medical Group – Bend Memorial Clinic. Vanessa holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University and completed her dietetic internship at Carondelet’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Tuscon, AZ. She has nineteen years of experience as a dietitian and has spent the majority of her career in the field of weight management at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and Summit Medical Group. Specialties include bariatric surgery and gastrointestinal nutrition. Vanessa truly believes in a personalized approach to nutrition counseling, we are all different thus require an individualized nutrition approach to help reach our goals. She believes in the power of food and teaches her patients how to achieve results with real food consumed at the right times.
Vanessa is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Weight Management Dietetics Practice Group, and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Vanessa also owns and manages a website called Belly Gone Bad which is intended for her patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and writes articles for FODMAP Everyday.
Vanessa is a guest blogger on the True You Food Blog where she writes about bariatric nutrition and anything else she finds valuable and interesting!
Stephen Archer, MD Bariatric Surgeon
Stephen Archer, MD is the director of bariatric surgery at Summit Medical Group Oregon. He is the national committee chair for Obesity Prevention for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, ASMBS.
Dr. Archer takes a holistic approach to his practice. He believes that severe obesity is often isolating, which leads to worsening of the disease in a cycle of unhealthy eating and loneliness. Healing involves a physical, emotional and spiritual journey. He believes that once the cycle of damage from severe obesity is arrested by surgery or by any means, each person has to figure out how to relate to food. He has been so happy to see Rose’s work, which provides real-life tools to help patients bridge the gap between an operation and food on the table.
Dr. Archer has provided medical advice to True You Food and is a contributor to Rose’s ongoing work. He also gets to be her husband!
The True You Food Mission
The mission of True You Food is to empower bariatric patients to take charge of their health while igniting a love of nourishing, delicious food by learning to cook.