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Deb Kennedy, PhD & Dan Marek - Food Is Medicine

Discover the chef's place in changing the health of individuals, communities and our planet using culinary medicine principles

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Nourish your mind at our sizzling live event, "Food is Medicine," starring the one and only, culinary medicine expert Deb Kennedy, PhD! Prepare to have your preconceptions flipped upside down as Deb whisks you on a journey of gastronomic healing. Armed with a spatula in one hand and a prescription pad in the other, Deb will discuss what place a chef has in this emerging field of food is medicine. She will demonstrate how the food choices we make daily can lead us on a path towards health or away from it.. So, spice up your life and join us for an evening of delicious revelations, where you'll learn that the only side effect of this medicine is an insatiable craving for more!

This event is about devouring wisdom that will leave your body and soul nourished. Prepare to have your taste buds tickled, your minds enlightened, and your hearts nourished as we unlock the kitchen's magical potential at "Food is Medicine" with the inimitable Deb Kennedy, PhD!

Deb will be hosted by Rouxbe's own Director of Plant-Based Culinary and Development, Chef Dan Marek, for this thrilling live event. Bring your questions for Deb, and get ready to be surprised by the answers!

Bon appétit meets bon vivant in this unforgettable event of culinary enlightenment!

About Deb Kennedy, PhD & Dan Marek

Food Is Medicine

Deb Kennedy, PhD nutritionist, chef and Value-Based Medicine certified, is dedicated to helping people improve their health through food. She received her Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Tufts University, and previously held roles with Tufts Human Nutrition Research Center for Aging, Yale’s Prevention Research Center, Babies and Children’s Hospital at New York Presbyterian, Cornell University, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She also held the position of first Chair for Best Practices at the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative (CIA) and was an instructor in Culinary Nutrition at the New England Culinary Institute.

A pioneer in the growing field of culinary medicine, and self-proclaimed food warrior, Deb is the author of multiple books, including The Culinary Medicine Textbook, a five-volume publication to date that uses her research in food, flavor, eating and nutrition to lay out the concepts and fundamental topics needed to master culinary medicine. For the last several years, Deb, along with 40 nutritionists and a dozen chefs from around the world, created culinary competencies for nutrition recommendations. She has developed the Food Coach Academy based on this work, which is delivered in a science-based modular format that provides individuals with expertise needed to use the power of food to transform health.

Dan Marek is a chef educator who has been teaching vegan and vegetarian cooking for over 15 years. At Rouxbe, he is our Director of Plant-Based Culinary and Development where he helps develop content, classes and builds courses for many of our partners.

Dan is a board member of Slow Food Austin, the Institute of Child Nutrition, and Conscious Capitalism. He has earned his BA in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and holds certificates in Nutrition from Cornell University.

Prior to his role with Rouxbe, Dan worked with Whole Kids Foundation training teachers and food service at schools across the country on nutrition and culinary best practices. He also worked as a Healthy Eating Educator at Whole Foods Market’s flagship store in Austin, TX, was a personal chef for some of Austin’s elite business people, taught classes in culinary techniques at Austin Community College, The Natural Epicurean, and Le Cordon Bleu.

Dan also regularly volunteers cooking or speaking about nutrition for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Marathon Kids, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas.

Food Is Medicine

Tuesday, August 15th

11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

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