Tulane’s new teaching kitchen cooks up lessons in ‘culinary medicine’

August 22, 2014

Keith Brannon
Phone: 504-621-2724


Tulane University School of Medicine’s groundbreaking culinary medicine program is getting bigger.

The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University moved into its new 4,600 square foot, state-of-the-art teaching kitchen in the Refresh Project, a fresh food hub at 300 N. Broad Street in Mid-City.

The new teaching kitchen — the nation’s first affiliated with a medical school — is the centerpiece of Tulane's pioneering program to teach medical students and doctors culinary skills so they can help patients make practical dietary changes to improve their health.

The center will teach healthful cooking techniques to medical students, residents, doctors, chefs and members of the community and provide programming about the significant role food plays in preventing and managing obesity and associated diseases. Tulane is the first medical school to have a full-time chef as an instructor.

“Physicians talk about nutrition and diet all the time, but they don’t talk about it in a way that communicates change to their patients,” says Dr. Timothy Harlan, Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine executive director. “Our goal is to teach medical students and residents how to cook and translate the information that they learn in the first two years of medical school – the pre-clinical basic sciences – with the conversations that they are going to have with their patients about food.”

The center will offer free community cooking classes taught by staff and medical students as well as continuing medical education programs for physicians. It will also conduct nutrition research.

The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine was made possible through the generous support of William Goldring and The Woldenberg Foundation.

The project is part of Tulane’s collaboration with Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts, the first joint training program by a medical school and major culinary institute. Since 2012, nine medical schools across the county have licensed Tulane’s curriculum to start programs in culinary medicine.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000