Chef Coaching


The Chef Coaching course is an inviting, effective, research-based, results-oriented and joyful way to help individuals overcome barriers to cooking healthy homemade meals more often.

The course is developed at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Your coach has a Certificate of Completion in Culinary Coaching.

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle Medicine is a branch of evidence-based medicine in which comprehensive lifestyle changes assist individuals and families to adopt and sustain behaviors that can improve health and quality of life.

What is Culinary Medicine?

A new evidence-based field in medicine that blends the art of food and cooking with the science of medicine.

Chef Coaching:

Emphasizes skills such as shopping, food storage, meal planning and preparation.

Why this course?

Additional Benefits:

What will you, the participant, achieve and how does it work?
Participants are empowered to make more homemade food in less time and to enjoy a healthy change in their life.

How will it help?

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss common barriers to home cooking, and explore alternative cooking skills to help address those barriers
  • Obtain participant-centered culinary knowledge and skills, together with empowering clients to set culinary goals
  • Improve culinary confidence and skills and time spent cooking, thus improving personal health
  • Access remote culinary resources for the improvement of participants’ culinary behaviors

Learning Objectives:

– Cooking at home with fresh ingredients, including fruits and vegetables
– Eating family meals
– Reducing processed food consumption
– Eating sustainably grown food
– Practicing dietary moderation
– Healthier ingredients and culinary skills
– Healthier kitchen and pantry
– Healthier kitchen workflow


The Chef Coach is a certified Health Coach who has received special training at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine. The Coach has taken the course both as a trainee and as a participant under the guidance of the medical team. He/she has made lifestyle changes in his/her kitchen and cooking as a result. Advice and ideas in the course are not to replace a visit to your medical professional. The course will not dictate what the participant must eat. For participants with special requirements, a visit to a doctor, nutritionist, or registered dietitian is recommended prior to enrolling in the course.

Sample Culinary topics:

Healthier ingredients and culinary skills:
Cooking healthy starch/legumes
using nuts
cooking with healthy fats

Healthy shopping
Using shopping list
Seasonal ingredients
Shopping for fish

Healthier eating behaviors during the day
Family meals

Healthier kitchen and workflow
Food processor

Healthier advanced cooking techniques
Frozen Stock
Calorie density
Cross-utilize and repurpose

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