A new teaching and demonstration kitchen will soon open at Hudson Valley Hospital Center to help children and adults learn to prepare healthful food.
The hospital has built a new a kitchen that will be used in conjunction with its organic garden and twice monthly farmers’ markets to teach people of all ages how to cook healthier meals.
Trained chefs and dietitians will lead classes of 10-12 participants in fun, hands-on cooking lessons. Cooking for the “Healthy Heart” and “Dishes for Diabetics” will be offered to patients and the general public.
The new kitchen and cooking program has already received support from some big names in the food world.
Chef Peter X. Kelly and former Gov. George Pataki were among guests at a fundraiser last month that netted $250,000 for the kitchen.
The Young Chefs of the Hudson Valley, which will work with area school districts, has receive $20,000 funding from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. It will support a program to teach young children about healthy eating.