CHEF PETER X. KELLY Teaching Kitchen
A Variety of Cooking Classes and Innovative Programs
NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s renowned Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen has been open to the public since July 2014 and is located at 1992 Crompond Road on the hospital’s Cortlandt Manor campus. Named after the Iron Chef winner and owner of Xaviars Restaurant Group, the Teaching Kitchen is part of a larger initiative at the hospital called Harvest for Health aimed at using healthful eating as a way to prevent chronic disease and promote health.
Each month, a variety of cooking demonstration classes are held. Cooking demonstration classes are offered to the community, including breastfeeding mothers, patients who’ve had weight loss surgery, cancer survivors, and people with heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. We also hold programs such as those focusing on nutrition for bone health, brain health, and eye health, for example. Learn more about upcoming classes.
Healthy Heart Program
This program consists of five sessions for people with heart disease to learn about healthy eating and exercise from our chef, a cardiologist, nurses, and Wellness Center staff
Integrative Therapies Program for Cancer Patients
Cancer therapies can be associated with debilitating side effects. The promising news is that certain non-pharmacologic interventions have recently been shown to relieve some of the side effects of cancer treatment. They may also improve mood and decrease fatigue. There is additional evidence that certain lifestyle changes may decrease the risk of cancer recurrence and prevent another cancer from developing.
This unique program gives our cancer patients and their caregivers the opportunity to increase their knowledge and improve their skills to better cope with their illness and its treatments. Held at the hospital’s Teaching Kitchen, it incorporates education and information about advances in the care and treatment of cancer as well as nutrition education, food appreciation activities (including healthy cooking classes and meal planning guidance) along with lifestyle programs, relaxation strategies (yoga and acupressure), and spiritual and emotional support.
The program is led by J. Gregory Mears, MD, a Columbia University Irving Medical Center professor who practices at the hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. The goal is to equip participant with skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle during and after treatment.
Soups & Sides
Also developed for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy at the hospital’s Cancer Center, the Soups & Sides series provides nutritional education and tastings. When in season, organic produce is harvested from our onsite garden and used in recipes to create samplings. Recipes for the menu item of the day are also distributed. Patients have the opportunity to discuss the nutritional value of food and how it can support their healing. The chef and a registered dietitian are also available to answer patients’ questions.