History and
Leadership

The founding concepts of the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative remain true today: if we can teach people to eat, cook, move and think more healthfully, and with mindful intention, we can prevent a host of chronic diseases and enable people to lead healthier and happier lives.

At the outset of his career, in the 1980’s, Dr. David Eisenberg recognized the lack of focus on food, nutrition, and movement in US medical education and healthcare delivery. Inspired by his experiences relating to Chinese medicine, primary care internal medicine, and integrative wellness, Dr. Eisenberg launched the Healthy Kitchen, Healthy Lives educational conference for medical professionals in order to test the notion that teaching kitchens could be built, refined and shown to impact the behaviors, clinical outcomes and costs of care for multiple populations.

The TKC formally launched in 2016 as an invitational network of thought leading organizations using teaching kitchen facilities as catalysts of enhanced personal and public health across medical, corporate, school, and community settings. Dr. David Eisenberg formed the TKC to connect individual innovators using teaching kitchens as  catalysts for health enhancement, in partnership with the Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

In 2020, the TKC became an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization. The TKC is now a global network of 35 teaching kitchens, with members that span an organizational range from leading academic medical centers to public youth services institutions to private employers. The Collaborative functions as an accelerator to support the reproducibility, scalability, and evaluation of emerging teaching kitchen models and educational programs.

Our Team

David Eisenberg
Executive Director

David Eisenberg

MD

David M. Eisenberg, MD, is the director of culinary nutrition and adjunct associate professor of nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He is the founding Co-Director of the Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference, and founding Executive Director of the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative, a group of 30+ organizations with teaching kitchens, all of which seek to establish and evaluate best practices relating to nutrition, culinary and lifestyle education.

From 2000-2010, Dr. Eisenberg served as the Bernard Osher Distinguished Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, founding director of the Osher Research Center and the founding chief of the Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School. He simultaneously served as the director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

David is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He completed his fellowship training in general internal medicine and primary care and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. In 1979, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, David served as the first U.S. medical exchange student to the People’s Republic of China. In 1993, he was the medical advisor to the PBS Series, Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers.

He has served as an advisor to the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federation of State Medical Boards with regard to complementary, alternative and integrative medicine research, education and policy. From 2003-2005 David served on a National Academy of Sciences Committee responsible for the Institute of Medicine Report entitled, ―The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public. More recently, David served as a member of the US National Board of Medical Examiners Clinical Skills Committee and its Communications Task Force.

David has authored numerous scientific and educational articles involving complementary, integrative and lifestyle medicine and continues to pursue research, educational and clinical programs relating to integrative and lifestyle medicine. As the son and grandson of professional bakers, David aspires to bring together the culinary and medical communities to enhance comprehensive health care for all.

Director

Christine Hamann

MBA, MPH

Christine is the Director of the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative.

Christine has built, scaled, and led operations within a variety of healthcare systems and settings. Prior to joining the TKC in 2020, Christine ran operations and implementation teams within the digital health industry, focusing on employee wellbeing, incentivisation of health engagement, and user outcomes.

Previously, she managed the COPE Project in Navajo Nation, focused on community health representative training, chronic disease management and prevention, healthcare team and systems alignment, and innovating on solutions for healthy food access. Her particular focus on improving systems towards equity and justice was sparked by her career start at the global health organization Partners In Health.

Christine holds an MBA and MPH from the Haas School of Business and UC Berkeley School of Public Health, where she focused on health and food systems innovation. She lives in Oakland, California.

Coordinator

Emily Baron

Emily focuses on member engagement and operations at the TKC.

Emily’s insatiable curiosity for food began when she moved to NYC and visited a farmers market for the first time. The more she cooked with whole foods the more she connected the dots between what she was eating and how she felt; and the more she wanted to support others in eating and living more healthfully. She began volunteering on urban farms in NYC and abroad, preparing nutritious meals in shelters, and leading cooking and nutrition demonstrations throughout the city. To hone her own cooking skills, she volunteered as a kitchen assistant at the Natural Gourmet Institute, a health supportive culinary school in NYC, where she would later receive a certificate in culinary nutrition.

Eventually this passion became a career. For the past five years, Emily has enjoyed working in this overlap of cooking, nutrition, and community engagement. In 2019, she took a year away from the office to stage in kitchens across the country, including Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA. Emily now lives in Asheville, NC with her husband and her sourdough starter.

Advisory Committee

Deanne Brandstetter

MBA, RDN, CDN, FAND

VP, Nutrition & Wellness, Compass Group North America

Sherene Chou

MS, RD, Chef

Consultant/Nutrition Educator, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Lynn Fredericks

Director, FamilyCook Productions

Founder and President, FamilyCook Productions

Anthony Imamura

Culinary Arts & Design, Principal Architect

Culinary Medicine Chef Educator, MedStar Institute for Innovation - MedStar Health

Diane Imrie

RD

Director Nutrition Services, University of Vermont Medical Center, University of Vermont Health Network

Kate Janisch

MPH, RDN

Culinary Nutrition Research Coordinator, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Jennifer Massa

ScD

Research Scientist, Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Auden McClure

MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Director D-H Culinary Medicine Program, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Culinary Medicine Program

John Wesley McWhorter

DrPH, MS, RDN, LD, CSCS

Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health; Director of Culinary Nutrition, Nourish Program at UTHealth School of Public Health

Board of Directors

William Rosenzweig

Chair

Managing Partner, Physic Ventures

Robert Edmiston

JD

Executive Director of Turner Farm

David Eisenberg

David Eisenberg

MD

Executive Director, the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative

Akio Yonekura

Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, Cancerscan Inc.