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Irving and Alice Brown Teaching Kitchen

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Yale New Haven Health’s state-of-the-art Irving and Alice Brown Teaching Kitchen provides participants the unique opportunity to take culinary medicine classes, in-person or online via live streaming. Participants will work side-by-side with a chef and registered dietitian, learning to create foods which are both delicious and promote wellness. Classes focus on how food and meal preparation can help manage medical conditions such as diabetes, reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and more.

The Irving and Alice Brown Teaching Kitchen is also an important part of our patients’ weight-loss journey. Customized classes are offered for those who are part of our Center for Weight Management, including those who are preparing for, or have had bariatric surgery, or are part of our medical weight management program.

Patients are referred to the Teaching Kitchen by their providers and there is no cost to participate.

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Additional Information

What is culinary medicine?

Culinary medicine seeks to combine researched nutrition knowledge with something everyone understands, food. It’s an opportunity for patients to get hands-on learning that supports what they’ve discussed with their health care providers.

Who can take part in the Teaching Kitchen classes?

The Irving and Alice Brown Teaching Kitchen is open to all patients of Yale New Haven Health, with a referral from their provider.

What kind of classes are offered?

Classes are offered to YNHHS patients free of charge. They are focused on general health promoting recipes and cooking techniques that are appropriate for most patients. Each class begins with a brief nutrition lesson followed by a skills demonstration. There is also dedicated class time for patients to do hands-on cooking, plus the opportunity to share what they’ve made with their fellow classmates.

All first-time participants must attend an introduction class that covers nutrition and cooking basics. After completing the introductory class, patients can attend any class they are interested in, with topics that focus on breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and side dishes.

Yale School of Medicine

Yale New Haven Health is proud to be affiliated with the prestigious Yale University and its highly ranked Yale School of Medicine.