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About the
Teaching Kitchen Collaborative

The (TKC) is a network of thought-leading organizations using teaching kitchen facilities as catalysts of enhanced personal and public health across medical, community, school, and corporate settings. 

We seek to answer the question: what can we do together that we cannot do on our own?

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TKC is the hub

Teaching kitchens are the how.

The TKC launched in 2016 with a group of early advocates for teaching kitchens as a public health intervention, under the leadership of Dr. David Eisenberg. In 2020, the TKC became a 501c3 and now has 58 Organization members and over 200 Professional members.

The epidemics of obesity and diabetes in the United States have profoundly negative impacts on people, the healthcare system, and the economy. Underlying chronic disease leads to a higher mortality rate for COVID-19. Food insecurity is a major risk factor for health. Enter teaching kitchens: where people learn to eat, cook, move, and think more healthfully—for a lifetime of better health.

Who We Are:

58 Organization Members around the world — hospitals, healthcare systems, universities, corporations, libraries, and community organizations — and growing!

200+ Professional Members who are interested in teaching kitchen programs, culinary medicine, the food is medicine movement, and improving human and planetary health.

A powerful, engaged, and trusted network of expert advisors sharing their coveted resources, wins, and lessons learned in all aspects of teaching kitchens.

What we do:

Foster a forum for networking, collaboration, and inspiration among culinary medicine professionals (and aspiring culinary medicine professionals!) to exchange best practices and fuel the growth of teaching kitchens in the United States and around the world.

Support and help disseminate teaching kitchen research, and coordinate evidence-driven action across public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Lead expansion of teaching kitchen-related programming globally through member-driven webinars, co-created best practices and other original tools and content.

Provide a unified platform for advocacy and drive policies that support teaching kitchen programs and initiatives.

Help us transform the way people eat, think and move – join the TKC member community today!

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Get involved and collaborate with some of the best people improving public health today.


A partial list of relevant published research related to the emerging field of teaching kitchens.


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