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09 Mar


Rouxbe Cooking School and the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) Join Together to Help Eradicate Lifestyle Diseases


The Rouxbe Cooking School announced a new partnership today with the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a lifestyle enrichment platform designed to reduce disease risk factors through better health habits and lifestyle modifications. CHIP will incorporate access to Culinary Rx, an online cooking and nutrition course, in its existing lifestyle change platform to solve the need for culinary education and complement CHIP’s behavioral change program.

“It’s an honor to become part of the long-standing CHIP tradition of excellence and dedication to help people make sustained behavioral change and improve outcomes in healthcare,” says Gary Apito, Chief Operating Officer for the Rouxbe Cooking School. “Rouxbe’s leading culinary platform is a perfect addition to affect positive change in CHIP patients worldwide.”

Developed in 2015, Culinary Rx is part of a collaborative venture with The Plantrician Project, a leading non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, equip and empower physicians and healthcare practitioners with knowledge about the indisputable benefits of plant-based nutrition. With more than 78 recipes and 96 instructional videos, this industry-leading online cooking and nutrition course empowers students through their transition to a more health-supportive diet and lifestyle. Healthcare providers prescribe Culinary Rx to patients through the Culinary Rx website or an iOS app called “Prescriber” and programs are individually tailored to patients, with 99 percent of patients stating they would recommend the program to others.

Jere Stocks, CHIP and The Lifestyle Medicine Institute’s (LMI) Vice President of North America, says, “We found it – a renowned online cooking school! LMI is excited to announce our new partnership with Rouxbe. CHIP has shown you the advantages of a plant-based, whole food lifestyle. Now it will be Rouxbe that will reinforce your nutritional literacy and provide a robust cooking service to our participants.”

The CHIP program is based on the fact that over 75 percent of Western diseases are “lifestyle-related,” as stated by the U.S. Surgeon General. The program has proven benefits to combating these diseases such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, adult cancers, and depression, among others. Results have been published in more than 30 scientific articles in peer-reviewed medical journals such as the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, and Preventive Medicine.

Hans Diehl, the founder of the Complete Health Improvement Program states, “CHIP, the flagship program of the Lifestyle Medicine movement, has shown you the ‘whys’ for choosing the plant-based, whole food lifestyle. Rouxbe, the world’s leading online cooking school and our new partner, will show you ‘how’ to enhance your practical culinary skills, make you a more confident cook and help you on your journey to better health.”

About Rouxbe

Rouxbe is the world’s leading online cooking school delivering culinary technique, instruction and training to more than 200,000 home cooks, healthcare patients, culinary students, and professional cooks in more than 180 countries. Rouxbe’s online nutrition education courses, which include Culinary Rx, help students transition from an unhealthy diet to a more health-supportive, plant-based diet and lifestyle. For more information on Culinary Rx or to sign up now, visit

About CHIP

The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) is an affordable, lifestyle enrichment program designed to reduce disease risk factors through the adoption of better health habits and appropriate lifestyle modifications. The goal is to lower blood cholesterol, hypertension, and blood sugar levels and reduce excess weight by improving dietary choices, enhancing daily exercise, increasing support systems and decreasing stress, thus aiding in preventing and reversing disease. The Complete Health Improvement Program has over 75,000 graduates to date, and is offered in many countries around the world.

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02 Nov


Top 5 Reasons to Take Rouxbe’s Essential Vegan Desserts Online Course


Watch a quick behind the scenes time-lapse video from the making of  Rouxbe’s Essential Vegan Desserts Online Course.

Now here are the top 5 reasons to take the course:

  1. You will practice over 85 recipes to prepare decadent desserts ranging from pies, cakes, tarts and cookies to aquafaba, mousses, gels, trifles and sauces. 
  2. There are over 200 tasks and 100 hours of coursework (most of this will be cooking). 
  3. Interact with more than 50 instructional videos focusing on core recipes and essential dessert techniques. 
  4. Be part of a private student community with ongoing chef support and access to online live events with your Lead Instructor Fran Costigan, and other expert speakers. 
  5. Earn a Certificate of Completion to demonstrate your command of vegan desserts.

Interested?  Enroll Today.

Vegan Desserts Recipes

Essential Vegan Desserts is an online course based on Fran Costigan’s popular Vegan Baking Boot Camp. This 90-day course focuses on essential techniques and recipes so you can create professional quality vegan desserts with confidence. The course starts with an explanation of key equipment, ingredient selection and function, and foundational techniques for creating desserts without the use of eggs and dairy.

28 Apr

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Dr. Scott Stoll Joins Rouxbe Cooking School as Chief Medical Director


Rouxbe Cooking School is strengthening its efforts in the health and wellness offerings by welcoming Dr. Scott Stoll, the co-founder of The Plantrician Project and International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, as Chief Medical Director. In his new role, he will be instrumental in helping Rouxbe forge new partnerships with health and wellness professionals and organizations around the world who are seeking out leading food-first resources that help patients take control of their life and well-being with food.

Dr. Scott Stoll

Dr. Scott Stoll

Dr. Stoll, a champion of lifestyle and behavioral medicine, and an advocate for plant-based approaches to eating, was previously a member of Rouxbe’s Medical Advisory Board that contributed to the initial launch of Culinary Rx —a prescribable online course designed to help people transition to a healthier diet and lifestyle. Building on this success, he will now shift his time and energy towards educating and creating awareness about the unique learning opportunities and resources that Rouxbe can offer for patients and providers alike. Dr. Stoll will also provide medical and nutrition support to Rouxbe’s students, through weekly live online question and answer events and other online support features.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the team at Rouxbe Cooking School. They have a vision and the online platform that I know will help bridge the gap between what we all know we need to eat, and how to actually cook those foods and make them taste delicious. It’s about empowering the lifestyle and behaviors that I know, as a physician, will really create the context for long-term behavioral change,” said Stoll. “With Culinary Rx and other online resources we will be developing, we now have the means to support people in new ways—all driven by data to show efficacy and positive, measurable impact.”

Dr. Stoll is an active participant in the movement to help educate and inform healthcare professionals about the importance of healthful eating and to encourage people to develop the cooking skills to support a prevention-minded approach to better wellness. He served on the Whole Foods Scientific Medical Advisory Board and continues to offer immersion programs for Whole Foods Market employees.

His leadership at The Plantrician Project and the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference has afforded him the unique ability to connect with and mentor healthcare professionals and their patients from around the world—creating a ripple effect that enriches the lives of individuals and communities alike.

“Dr. Stoll will help Rouxbe lead the charge to connect the dots between food, nutrition, cooking, and our health. With his leadership and Rouxbe’s online educational platform and programs, we will be able to serve the health and wellness communities in unprecedented ways,” said Joe Girard, Co-founder and CEO of Rouxbe.

Dr. Stoll joins an already impressive team at Rouxbe that includes Ken Rubin, VP Culinary Education and former IACP Board Member, Gary Apito, VP Operations and former COO and President of French Culinary Institute and Chef Chad Sarno, VP Plant-Based Wellness.

“With Rouxbe having now served over 200,000 students across 180 countries, we continue to see strong growth not only in our online wellness programs, but in all areas of online culinary education, including professional cook training in over 230 hotels in 4 languages. The future looks very bright for Rouxbe,” concluded Joe Girard.

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About Rouxbe’s Wellness Programs
Rouxbe (pronounced “ROO-bee”) 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, Co-Founder and CEO at

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31 Mar


The Rouxbe Cooking School Partners with The American College of Lifestyle Medicine


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The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) offers Culinary Rx as a benefit of ACLM membership in an effort to provide accessible online educational support that drives long-term lifestyle and behavior change.

Rouxbe Cooking School announced today that Culinary Rx, an online instructional cooking and nutrition course that healthcare professionals prescribe to their patients for prevention, treatment, and lifestyle health, is being offered as a showcased benefit to members of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). Culinary Rx was developed in 2015 in collaboration with The Plantrician Project and leading physicians who subscribe to a food-first approach to healthcare. Now, all members of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine will have direct access to this important educational resource at deeply discounted member-only pricing.
ACLM logo

Since its inaugural launch in July of 2015, over 1,500 people from around the world have engaged in the Culinary Rx online nutrition education and plant-based cooking course as part of their transition to adopting a more healthful dietary lifestyle. Participants have shown strong engagement and exceptional course compliance, supporting long-term behavior change. Increased cooking confidence and enjoyment of cooking are two primary course objectives.

“This is an informative and eye-opening course. It very clearly illustrates how easy, fun and delicious adopting a plant-based diet can be, and of course how much healthier it is for you! I have already recommended it to family and friends,” said student Paula Finnerty.

Physicians and healthcare providers are now able to prescribe Culinary Rx to their patients or clients through the Culinary Rx website or through an iOS application called the “Prescriber.” This enables a medical and wellness professional to personalize the Culinary Rx invitation and keep track of each patient’s progress.

“Those dedicated to lifestyle medicine acknowledge that food trumps all,” said Susan Benigas, ACLM Executive Director. “The question physicians often ask is, ‘How do I educate patients about an optimal dietary lifestyle and provide the cooking instruction and nutrition literacy required to guide them on their journey?’  Culinary Rx is a scalable eLearning platform that is designed to support sustained behavior change over time. Where optimal dietary lifestyle is concerned, I’ve found no better educational tool than Culinary Rx.”

Early survey data is demonstrating that the course is working*:

  • 99% would recommend the course to others
  • 92% gained confidence in their cooking ability
  • 88% are now motivated to adopt better overall healthier habits
  • 42% are reducing meat consumption, increasing plant-based foods
  • 28% are making the shift to 100% plant-based diet

“This is the kind of data we were hoping for,” says Joe Girard, Rouxbe CEO. “Our goal with the course was to help people make the challenging shift to a healthier diet and to do so in a manner that drove long-term behavioral change. People can learn what to eat to support their health, but if they can’t cook it and make it taste delicious, the change won’t last. We need to teach people how to cook and to begin to enjoy the process and that’s exactly what happens with Culinary Rx participants.”

* Data from completion surveys from 180 Culinary Rx participants during the beta offering.

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

28 Mar


The Rouxbe Cooking School Welcomes Chef Fran Costigan as Director of Vegan Baking & Pastry


Fran Costigan, renowned vegan pastry chef, cookbook author and educator joins the Rouxbe Cooking School to develop and teach the world’s first 100% plant-based pastry arts program online.

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Building on the success and increased interest in plant-based instruction, the Rouxbe Cooking School is building the first ever plant-based pastry arts program online. In it’s continuing effort to attract the very best talent, Chef Fran Costigan, an award-winning pastry chef, cookbook author and educator was selected to serve as Rouxbe’s Director of Vegan Baking & Pastry Arts to help lead the development of new instructional content.

Costigan brings over 25 years of experience and leadership to this effort being the one of the world’s top vegan baking experts. She has served as the go-to culinary professional to train conventional pastry chefs and passionate home cooks alike in this subject area.

Since she started teaching her popular Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®, she has helped train hundreds of people who have in turn, successfully helped dispel the notion that world-class baking and pastry depends on eggs and dairy to be delicious. This new pastry arts program will cover the essentials of vegan baking and pastry techniques—tested and proven formulas and approaches to making quality pastry products that stand up to any dessert, anywhere.

“When I first saw Rouxbe, I knew it was going to be a big part of the future of how people learn to cook. Rouxbe’s premium platform and approach to instructional content is the best I have ever seen. After 25 years of teaching vegan pastry arts classes in prestigious brick and mortar culinary schools, I am thrilled about my new role with Rouxbe so that I can help thousands by leveraging the Internet and Rouxbe’s global platform. Now passionate students everywhere, and at any level, will have the opportunity to learn to make modern, irresistible vegan desserts at the highest standard of training,” remarked Costigan.

Initially, Rouxbe will work with Costigan to capture and deliver an engaging online version of her continually sold-out Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®. The goal is to reach thousands, not hundreds of home cooks and pastry professionals that want to expand their expertise in this area. Limited seating will be offered for the first course offering, coming this summer. If you’d like to be notified in advance of this course, please sign-up below.

This initial course will be followed by more in-depth vegan baking and pastry modules with the longer-term goal of offering a full Professional Vegan Baking and Pastry Arts Certification Course.

“We are humbled to have Fran agree to join our team. For years we have been asked by our users to bring baking and pastry into our educational fold. With Fran joining our team, we can now move forward on this initiative and help thousands develop their baking and pastry craft,” said Joe Girard, CEO Rouxbe.

Along with brand new baking and pastry technique content, students can also expect to see some classic recipes and variations for special needs diets such as no oil and gluten free baking.

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About Rouxbe
Founded in 2005, Rouxbe (pronounced “ROO-bee”) is the world’s leading online cooking school for cooks of all levels (home or professional). Rouxbe deliver technique instruction and training to over 170,000 home cooks, culinary students, professional cooks and healthcare professionals in over 180 countries, in multiple languages.