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A Teaching Kitchen and True Community Asset

What started with a celebrity chef and a television show has flourished into a teaching kitchen run in partnership between a local university and hospital group. In the heart of downtown, Huntington’s Kitchen has been embedded in the community for over a decade. The kitchen is run by a partnership between Marshall University and Cabell Hospital, part of Mountain Health Network.

With an intention to embed the teaching kitchen into more of its operations, the Marshall University Dietetics Department moved to downtown Huntington. Pairing the teaching kitchen with all its food-related nutrition coursework fits in seamlessly since the dietetics degree program has a concentration in nutrition education. When a professor from the School of Medicine and cardiologist trained in culinary medicine reached out to the Dietetics Department, a partnership was born. He understood the changing needs for nutrition in medical education and started a culinary medicine program in the medical school. Now, dietetics students mentor medical students in the kitchen, laying groundwork for more interprofessional collaboration and ultimately, better patient care.

Huntington’s Kitchen is truly a community resource. The Dietetics Department and Cabell Hospital lead community programming for children, adults, and seniors in the community such as “Dine with a Doc,” corporate training, cooking for people in recovery, and kids’ cooking camps in the summertime. In line with the belief that every person deserves to learn how to live their best life, the Dietetics Department also runs a food pantry to not only distribute food, but teach cooking classes to prepare it. Dietetic interns are central to the success of the kitchen. Chef Marty does some simple prep for a meal box and recipients can pick it up and watch a video where he shows how to cook it. And with virtual programming, Chef Marty pulls in a crowd—over 5,000 viewers!


Key Data

  • Huntington’s obesity rate has dropped from 45% to 32% in the decade since the teaching kitchen and other community efforts began.
Quick Facts


1 Cardiologist, 5 Dietitians, 1 Chef, and countless Dietetic Interns

Built-in kitchen in the community


Huntington’s Kitchen provides a much needed service to the tri-state community and members of the Marshall student body, including dietetics and medical students. We are so fortunate to be involved in improving the health of our city and recognized as the experts in food/nutrition information.

Kelli WilliamsProfessor and Chair, Department of Dietetics, Marshall University

Press and Publications

The Herald-Dispatch, “Huntington’s Kitchen encourages healthy eating during pandemic,” March 2021

The Herald-Dispatch, “Huntington’s Kitchen livestreams cooking classes while closed to public,” March 2020

Washington Post, “This Appalachian town was America’s ‘fattest city.’ Here’s how it slimmed down,” April 2019  

Charleston Gazette-Mail, “10 years later, Huntington progresses away from ‘fattest’ city title,” November 2018

The Herald-Dispatch, “Huntington’s Kitchen gives tips for meal prep,” March 2018

The Herald Dispatch, “Huntington’s Kitchen manager aims to build hub’s nutrition outreach,” January 2017

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November 13-15, 2024
Salt Lake City, UT

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