About CHEF Coaching

Positive correlations have been found between home cooking and consumption of healthy food choices, supporting the importance of preparing your own meals.

In 2014, a remote Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching approach was developed by Rani Polak, MD, Chef, Health Coach, at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Harvard Medical School. This unique approach combines culinary skills with coaching principles as a two-pronged approach to efficiently and cost-effectively improve nutrition through home cooking.

CHEF Coaching is an innovative program designed to provide easy to follow culinary instruction and education directly to patients to improve the quality (and often reduce the cost) of their food preparation in the home. CHEF Coaching also offers “train the trainer” instruction for healthcare professionals and chefs.

Why choose CHEF Coaching:

  • CHEF Coaching is the only culinary medicine program focused on proven barriers to home cooking and behavioral change techniques.
  • CHEF Coaching is a unique remote “hands-off” approach, decreasing culinary education costs and improving accessibility.
  • CHEF Coaching is a culinary medicine program that is applicable to any diet a person follows.


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Phone: (617) 651-2433

Email: chefcoaching@instituteoflifestylemedicine.org