Author: Joe, Co-founder of Rouxbe

14 Apr

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Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) Initiates Formal Pilot Program with the Rouxbe Cooking School

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Oregon Health & Sciences University, the largest medical institution in Oregon, has partnered with the Rouxbe Cooking School to power an online education program to support patient outcomes through lifestyle health initiatives that focus on cooking.

The partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at OHSU marks the first step toward developing programs that will help patients transition successfully to healthier cooking through culinary education and at-home, online training.

While many programs focus more on nutrition information and “what to eat”, this pilot program focuses on the “how and why” of cooking so that patients can actually apply their knowledge and begin to practice prevention and self care through cooking.

The pilot is underway through the OHSU Multiple Sclerosis Center. It includes an online instruction component, powered through the Rouxbe Cooking School as well as regular visits with the patients’ healthcare providers to help monitor and track outcomes.

The pilot was initiated with support from Dr. Dennis Bourdette, Chief of Neurology at OHSU and Dr. Vijayshree Yadav, the Clinical Director at OHSU MS Center. Their interest in the impact of cooking was driven in part by preliminary research, which suggested that a plant-based and whole-foods focused diet can help alleviate primary symptoms of MS.

“Our experience has shown that learning plant-based cooking skills has been helpful to patients as they look to alleviate some common MS symptoms, such as fatigue.  In this pilot, we expect to show how these skills can also be taught in Rouxbe’s online format, thereby reaching an audience much larger than if taught in an in-person training course.” said Dr. Dennis Bourdette.

About Rouxbe’s Wellness Programs

Rouxbe provides wellness and health programming for individuals, health care providers and organizations. Rouxbe’s revolutionary online platform delivers cutting edge e-learning solutions that drive and measure learning outcomes and engagement while providing effective, lower-cost alternatives for teaching people the fundamentals of cooking as part of larger lifestyle and preventative health efforts. For more information on culinary wellness or to learn more about Rouxbe, please contact Joe Girard, CEO & Co-Founder at jgirard@rouxbe.com.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only academic health center. It provides an uncommon array of services from providing the state’s most comprehensive health care, to educating the next generation of clinicians and biomedical researchers, to achieving breakthroughs and innovations. Its hospitals and clinics serve more than a quarter of a million patients every year with innovative care and treatment models based on the latest knowledge available.

09 Apr

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The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition Alumni Association Partners with the Rouxbe Cooking School

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Partnership with Canada’s premier holistic nutrition school connects their program alumni with Rouxbe to support complementary professional cooking education for CSNN graduates.

The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition Alumni Association represents graduates from all 13 campuses across Canada that train students in holistic nutrition. These alumni focus much of their practice around a food and nutrition centered approach to health and wellness.

Rouxbe Cooking School will be offering CSNNAA Alumni exclusive pricing for professional certification courses. These courses are designed to complement the nutrition education they received from CSNN by providing foundational cooking education through Rouxbe’s intensive online culinary immersion. Cooking is a key driver in lifestyle and behavioral health approaches that value the role of diet in preventing common chronic diseases.

“Empowering health and wellness professionals with cooking knowledge, is one of the critical missing ingredients needed to help more people make the successful transition from unhealthy cooking to a more health supportive lifestyle,” said Joe Girard, Rouxbe’s CEO and co-founder. “It is not just that ‘you are what you eat’ but rather what and how you cook that makes the difference for so many.”

There have been a number of CSNN graduates who have already received certification through the Rouxbe Cooking School. Their newly acquired culinary skills will help provide an enhanced level of support for clients facing the challenge of altering dietary direction.

“I highly recommend Rouxbe to anyone who wants to take their kitchen skills to the next level and challenge themselves to excel in every aspect of the cooking experience,” said Ashleigh Grange, RHN, a CSNN and Rouxbe Pro graduate.

To take advantage of this alumni discount, email CSNNAA’s office for the exclusive CSNNAA promotional code at info@csnnalumni.org with the subject line “Alumni Request for Rouxbe Code”.

About Rouxbe’s Professional Training Programs

Rouxbe provides training and instruction not only to quality restaurants and hospitality organizations, but also for serious home cooks and career changers. Rouxbe’s revolutionary online platform delivers cutting edge e-learning solutions that drive and measure learning outcomes and engagement while providing effective, lower-cost alternatives for training professional cooks. For more information on professional training tools or to learn more about Rouxbe, please contact Joe Girard, CEO & Co-Founder at jgirard@rouxbe.com.

About CSNNAA

The CSNNAA (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition Alumni Association) is a national organization dedicated to the support and advancement of those who have graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.

02 Mar

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Farm Sanctuary Selects Rouxbe as Culinary Training Partner for Plant-Based Cooking.

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Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal rescue and protection organization, has partnered with the Rouxbe Cooking School to provide enhanced cooking education to all supporters looking to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet.

Starting today, supporters can visit Farm Sanctuary’s plant-based living site, V-lish for a special offer to attend the Farm Sanctuary Cooking School (plant-based only) – powered by Rouxbe. Supporters will receive a free 7-day trial and then a $200 credit that can be applied to their membership. Those that decide to join during their trial will only pay $99 for their initial tuition fee (instead of $299.99) and then $4.99 per month for as long as they want to further their learning (cancel anytime). Student membership will provide you with access to hundreds of instructional video lessons, techniques, plant-based recipes as well as chef support.

Ten percent (10%) of all proceeds will go directly to support various Farm Sanctuary projects.

 “Education has always been an important part of our DNA at Farm Sanctuary,” says Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur. “We believe that helping people cook delicious plant-based foods could save millions of animals from cruelty, so we are excited to have partnered with the very best online education partner Rouxbe.”

Farm Sanctuary operates three shelters in New York and California that provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals, works to change laws to decrease abuse of farm animals, and promotes compassionate plant-based living.

“I am a French trained chef who converted to a 100% plant-based way of life over three years ago,” says Joe Girard, “I couldn’t be more honored to support the efforts of Farm Sanctuary and to play a role in reducing the amount of animal suffering in the world by helping people become exceptional plant-based cooks.”

Visit V-lish to take advantage of this incredible offer and $200 rebate on tuition.

 

16 Jan

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Are We Eating & Medicating Ourselves Into Early Graves?

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If you haven’t already checked out this video below, I invite you to do so.

Did you know that according to the CDC’s 2014 report on Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, about half of all adults have one or more chronic health conditions, with heart disease as the number one killer, and cancer close behind. The vast majority of healthcare dollars, now totalling more than 18% of the nation’s GDP, are spent on the treatment of conditions that are tied directly to poor lifestyle choices, with poor dietary habits leading the way.

70 percent of us are taking prescription pharmaceuticals

“Americans consume more medications than the rest of the world combined, with last year’s Mayo Clinic study indicating that 70 percent of us are taking prescription pharmaceuticals,” said Scott Stoll, MD, Plantrician Project chief medical officer. “We firmly believe the prescription all clinicians should be prescribing is Culinary Rx, enabling us to get back to the foundation of using food as medicine.”

It’s time to seriously think about change.

In fact, wait a minute. This is so ridiculously understated. It’s not time to think about change, it’s time to start thinking, to be honest. I’m not a doctor or healthcare professional, but as a chef and CEO of Rouxbe, the evidence is pretty clear to me that we need to change our ways. People need to start doing a little bit of digging and open their eyes to see that we are eating ourselves into early graves.

At Rouxbe, we’ve seen some amazing work from a lot of great organizations trying to drive healthcare change. It’s inspiring. We’d like to contribute the culinary education piece to these valiant efforts as we believe that one of the key missing ingredients is teaching people how to cook delicious food. It’s easy to tell someone they need to eat a particular food, but if they can’t cook and make it taste delicious, there simply won’t be long-term change.

31 Dec

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Marriott International Selects the Rouxbe Cooking School to Launch Online Culinary Training Across its Global Properties

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Vancouver, B.C. (December 30th, 2014) 

The Rouxbe Cooking School announced today a partnership with Marriott International, a leading global hospitality company, that offers its culinary associates a new way to elevate their culinary skills. Beginning in 2015, Marriott associates at participating hotels will have access to the Rouxbe online training and certification program recognized throughout the culinary industry.

“Culinary training is a combination of hands-on experience and engaging content,” says Brad Nelson, Corporate Executive Chef, Marriott International. “Through Rouxbe, we are able to capitalize on a globally relevant platform to deliver technical training to our culinarians and to promote their career growth.”

The culinary training includes a vast library of instructional videos and various modes of other learning through interactive quizzes, instructor-submitted activities and practical in-house assignments graded by other senior Marriott chefs. Culinary associates who complete the full requirements of the program can earn a Marriott endorsed training certification through Rouxbe while maintaining their roles in Marriott’s kitchens.

Marriott International’s focus on providing its culinary associates with training is paramount to the company’s culture and core values to ‘Put People First.’  The program leverages Rouxbe’s delivery and cost-effective online instruction and pairs it with real-world work experience that associates have with Marriott.  The self-paced online platform and culinary training curriculum focuses on teaching professional cooks of all abilities foundational techniques and key cooking methods.

“In a continually evolving business environment where food trends and consumer preferences change, lifelong learning is a necessary ingredient for success,” says Mark Boccia, Senior Director, Global Learning, Marriott International. “Learners with all levels of culinary experience will have access to hundreds of well-designed and visually appealing lessons they can immediately apply to their jobs.”

“As a professional cook for many years, I only wish I had the resources of a professional cooking school in my back pocket while I worked in the kitchen. Marriott is clearly leading the industry with this major initiative to provide their culinary teams with cutting-edge training opportunities to develop their craft,” says Joe Girard, CEO of Rouxbe.

About Rouxbe’s Professional Training Programs

Rouxbe is equipped to provide certificate-level instruction not only to quality restaurants and hospitality organizations, but also for serious home cooks and career changers. Rouxbe’s revolutionary online platform delivers cutting edge e-learning solutions that drive and measure learning outcomes and engagement while providing effective, lower-cost alternatives for training professional cooks. For more information on professional training tools or to learn more about Rouxbe, please contact Joe Girard, CEO & Co-Founder at jgirard@rouxbe.com.