Our overall aim is to contribute to reducing the burden of malnutrition and achieving better food systems through culinary science, research and food education. Kitchen serves as a medium for studying the Central European, but also global culinary landscapes, traditions, cultures, policy, regional challenges and their relationships to sustainable diets and also for knowledge exchange. Our collaborations and projects (consulting, research, education) are developed in cooperation with the Global Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health and supported by 12 regional networks across the globe.
Global community. One kitchen. One mutual goal.
MISSION AND GOAL
Our project explores what’s next in developing and implementing strategies to promote sustainable food systems (examples of practice, innovations, ingredients and signature recipes incorporating modern elements, farm to fork models, applying the principles of nutrition and science into cooking) within global, particularly the Central European, Mediterranean and Non-Mediterranean regions.
This is done through a series of dialogues and cooperation (open-access collaboration platform) with multiple actors and regional networks, identifying and studying the positive impacts on human and planetary health. We also aim to translate and transform the gained knowledge
and evidence and achieve the outcomes (Sustainable Goals 2030) through the principles of culinary nutrition and community engagement.
CHEFS AND FOOD PROFESSIONALS
NUTRITIONISTS, REGISTERED DIETITIANS AND RESEARCHERS
STUDENTS AND SOCIAL INNOVATORS
LEADERS OF CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS
COMMUNITIES, INDIVIDUALS AND PATIENTS
IMPLEMENTATION AND PROJECT DISTRIBUTION PATHWAYS
EXPLORE FURTHER COLLABORATIVE OPPORTUNITIES
Create a dialogue on human and planetary health, share your ideas and proposals and become a member/partner
Apply to our cooperation (incubation) program (also designed for students) and explore our existing and latest projects
Start a Teaching Kitchen in your city/community or inform about the current workshops, classes and courses in your area
Learn more about our upcoming events and networking opportunities
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES ?
1.) Lack of progress means unacceptable levels of malnutrition persist. Worldwide, 149.2 million children under 5 years of age are stunted, 45.4 million are wasted and 38.9 million are overweight. Over 40% of all men and women (2.2 billion people) are now overweight or obese (Global Nutrition Report 2021)
2.) Generally, there is a lack of nutrition education in culinary, hotel and gastronomic schools.
3.) A global need to create more collaboration models between trained chefs and nutritionists has been on a rise.
4.) There are a lot of people who cannot cook. Cooking is not only an important life skill, but also an efficient tool to achieve better food systems, make healthier choices and reduce the double burden of malnutrition and non-communicable diseases.
5.) Our aim to identify regional challenges and implement more cooking education to help reduce malnutrition in all its forms and improve regional/global food systems2.) Our initiative builds on existing efforts to expand an evidence-based Teaching Kitchen model for culinary professionals.3.) Our goal is to make cooking more accessible to all, promote new findings and fill up potential knowledge gaps for communities and professionals
MAIN MISSION: ACHIEVING PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACT THROUGH CULINARY SKILLS
1.) Our aim to identify regional challenges and implement more cooking education to help reduce malnutrition in all its forms and improve regional/global food systems
2.) Our initiative builds on existing efforts to expand an evidence-based Teaching Kitchen model for culinary professionals.
3.) Our goal is to make cooking more accessible to all, promote new findings and fill up potential knowledge gaps for communities and professionals
PROJECT PARTS AND STRATEGIC APPROACH
Multidisciplinary and Evidence-Based Teaching Kitchen
1.) Regional Network launched in 2020 (part of 13 international networks across the globe)
2.) Collaboration Hub (Consulting Services/Research/Development of Educational Projects) launched in 2022
3.) Academy Model (launch planned between in 2024)
4.) Cooking as a Social Prescription Activity for Patients, Interdisciplinary Professionals, Social Innovators and Individuals
5.) International Teaching Kitchen Conference (2024-2025)
DEVELOPMENT PATHWAYS AND PLANNED ACTIONS 2017-2025
1.) Formation of an International Network, based in Lucerne/Geneva, Switzerland and Consortium Foundation (2017-2019)
2.) Co-leadership of the regional network, cross-network communication and cooperation (Active Regional Network since 2020)
3.) UN Food Systems Summit Engagement and organization of Independent Dialogues / Launch of Collaboration Platform (2021)
4.) Launch of interdisciplinary consulting services, initial collaboration program, research and project development (Digital Impact Hub launched in 2022)
5.) Social enterprise model integration and launch of Teaching Kitchen Educational Intervention Program Launch (2023)
6.) Training, education and knowledge events (future Institute/Academy Model - to be launched in 2024)
TOPICS OF INTEREST
- Sustainable Food Systems and Farm to Table Cycle
- Health and Social Gastronomy
- Culture of Food and Gastro-Diplomacy
- Culinary Medicine and related areas (neurogastronomy, molecular cooking)
- Cooking as a Social Prescription Activity
- World Cuisines and their Impacts on Human and Planetary Health
- The New Central European Cuisine
- Nutrition and Human Rights
CROSS-CUTTING NETWORK OPERATIONS
- Connecting professionals, different stakeholders and creating networking opportunities regionally and globally
- Creating new and existing positive collaborative interactions within the regional network
- Development of own projects and initiatives
- Organization of conferences, roundtable and scientific meetings, catering and hospitality events
- Delivery of education and information sessions
- Cooperation on cross-network projects, advocacy campaigns, surveys and other activities
- Providing consulting services
OUR CULINARY PHILOSOPHY AND GLOBAL CHEFS' MANIFESTO
Chefs bridge the gap between the farm and the fork – transforming raw ingredients into delicious, nutritious meals. In doing so, they influence what we grow, what we put on our plates and how we think and talk about food. We think chefs can be powerful advocates for a better food future – inspiring people to make changes in their kitchens, act as agents of nutrition, community leaders and empower them to call on governments and companies to also play their part (Chefs as Agents of Change, FAO, 2015)
Our priorities are:
1.) Most importantly, to listen to people and guests, collect their questions/concerns and provide them with and evidence-based feedback
2.) To identify food and nutrition-related regional challenges and cuisines, analyse them, find solutions and explore implementation opportunities
3.) To study regional and global cuisines, review and test recipes applying/using different critical appraisal tools
4.) To incorporate latest culinary trends and scientific knowledge and translate it to different key groups, communities and households
5.) To facilitate the movement/action steps for change through the following action areas (co-developed by +900 chefs with a support of SDG2 Advocacy Hub)
1. Ingredients grown with respect for the earth & its oceans
2. Protection of biodiversity & improved animal welfare
INTERDISCIPLINARY INTEGRATION OF CULINARY NUTRITION
1.) To apply more scientific knowledge about cooking and nutrition among culinary professionals.
2.) To support the work and create links between dietitians/nutritionists and food and beverage professionals.
3.) To engage patients and communities and improve their health through culinary skills.
4.) To collect new information, facts and data about global cuisines and cultures and create new culinary nutrition frameworks.
5.) To contribute to global initiatives to reduce and prevent a food waste and achieve better food systems.
Action 1: Analysis of regional needs and challenges and review of existing examples of practice.
Action 2: Research activities driven by chefs, dietitians, food professionals and people.
Action 3: Formation of manifesto/framework (application of primary, secondary, tertiary sources and key findings).
Action 4: Development of key outputs and projects.
Action 5: Creation of culinary courses and programs.
Action 6: Creation and launch of a collaboration program/incubator.
Action 7: Organization of annual events and key meetings.
Action 8: Develop a knowledge-exchange model with international and regional organizations.
Action 9: Translation of key evidence and engagement of target groups through a Teaching Kitchen concept.
Action 10: Transformation of existing and future projects into digital health innovations and concepts.
EXAMPLES OF PRACTICE AND INITIAL BRIEF EVALUATION OF THE IMPACT 2016-2022
Applied Culinary Philosophy and Knowledge:
- 12 big regional/international food events with + of 1,000 guests and per day / overall +46 000 of guests and 63 000 portions of food
- 35 mid-size events with an average of 75 guests per each one / overall +2 450 guests and +6 300 portions of food
- Cooking for and interacting with +1 100 guest per month and preparing +2 700 portions of food
- Other projects and statistics to be added gradually
Key Targets and Areas of Implementation of Food and Nutrition Education:
- Catering documents: Service Standards/Meals, Menus and Dietary Requirements/Waste Minimisation and Recycling/Nutrition Specifications/Other
- Staff/In-House Training
- Guest experience, communication and feedback materials for training employees, guest and partners
- Post-event reflections and analysis, new suggestions, improvements and incorporation of more nutrition education, minimisation of risks
Major Impacts Evaluated:
1. Support of food systems and environmental impact
2. Work efficiency, education of hospitality and culinary professionals, cooks and service staff
3. Improved processing of ingredients, cooking techniques (for example, food bioactives) and innovation of new plant-based options
-Reduction of energy costs up to 60%
-Reduction water consumption up to 20%
-Reduce waste management costs up to 30%
-Better and more sustainable food and ingredients choices up to 40%
-Improved overall satisfaction of guests, customers and partners to 63%
New arising opportunities and space for expansion of nutrition education within the hospitality/public health sector:
- Public and gastro-diplomacy (communication strategy, people-to-people cooking sessions, promotion of healthy diets)
- Incorporation of nutrition education in the hospitality publications
- New ideas to integrate nutrition-related survey questions to improve a general guest experience and collect new data from customers
- Development of new courses and programs for hospitality professionals
- To engage hotel and restaurant guests to take part in cooking classes to learn more about the nutrition aspects of restaurant/home menus
- To launch new Teaching Kitchens as a collaborative/learning environment to test new menus and achieve better health outcomes of guests
- To continuously develop new cooperations with nutrition, health organizations, schools and universities
- To organize new knowledge events and co-develop new and existing hospitality events, conferences and summits
- To develop global guidelines on specific topics/actions and translate culinary philosophies (manifesto) to different groups to facilitate the movement
"Culinary nutrition is the practicality needed to make a difference in our nation's health. It can be defined as the application of nutrition principles combined with food science knowledge and displayed through a mastery of culinary skills and education. The results formed from the merging of nutrition and food science with the culinary arts are healthy eating behaviors produced from culinary confidence and nutrition alertness."
"Chefs are expected to become agents for sustainable future and lifestyle medicine."
"Cooking at home may positively influence food-related preferences, attitudes, and behaviors.
"The findings implied that nutrition education will be the leading trend in the future culinary training and distance learning."
"Generally, around 80% of medical students have received less than 2 hours of nutrition education during their studies."
"This is a space for us all – individuals, chefs,parents, policymakers, producers, communities, hospitality leaders, teachers, medical professionals and businesses – to connect together, share our stories and bring sustainable solutions and develop educational projects that will influence our everyday life, as well as the next generation and leaders of tomorrow."