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31 Dec


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


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.

23 Dec

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Rouxbe and The Plantrician Project Join Forces to Develop Culinary Rx – a Plant Prescription Course


Rather than a pill for every ill, Culinary Rx is designed as a food-as-medicine, side effect-free prescription that healthcare and wellness professionals can confidently prescribe to patients and clients.

If you believe in this idea and our mission to elevate a “food as medicine” approach to healthcare, support our Kickstarter Campaign and take a stand with us.

St. Louis, MO – December 19, 2014

The Plantrician Project, a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to developing educational events, tools and resources for healthcare professionals and their patients, and the Rouxbe Cooking School, the world’s leading online cooking school, have joined forces to develop the prescription every human being needs: Culinary Rx. Scheduled for debut Spring 2015, this online cooking instruction and nutrition literacy program will help individuals transition from the Western industrialized diet to a health-supporting, whole-food and plant-based approach to cooking and eating.  The Plantrician Project will be conducting, analyzing and presenting research findings around the use of the course that correlates patient educational cooking outcomes with their resulting health outcomes.

“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.”

Culinary Rx will provide healthcare professionals with a scalable tool that can be used to educate, equip and empower their patients and clients through the transition to a healthier, whole food, plant-based way of living. Taught by leading chef educators and medical professionals, the course will deliver detailed video cooking instruction and nutrition fundamentals to home cooks and patients that want to change their health through food choices and cooking.

 “This partnership allows Rouxbe to connect with the health and wellness communities in an unprecedented and powerful way. We set out to build a lifestyle and culinary instruction tool that will change people’s lives through cooking. The Plantrician Project helps us get there with a strong professional network and attention to evidence-based research. A new food and cooking solution for health is on the way, and it’s going to be delicious,” says Joe Girard, co-founder and CEO of Rouxbe.

The CDC’s 2014 report on Chronic Disease and Health Promotion states that about half of all adults have one or more chronic health conditions, with heart disease leading the way, and cancer close behind. The vast majority of healthcare dollars, now totaling 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.

“Our current system is rewarding the management of disease, while not rewarding prevention and prescriptions for dietary change,” says Stoll. “This has to change, because the current model is unsustainable—there is a better way when we take a food first approach, which is exactly what our Culinary Rx will provide: food first, medication second.”

About Culinary Rx:

Culinary Rx, an online whole food, plant-based culinary-focused course, is the product of a unique collaboration between Rouxbe Online Cooking School and The Plantrician Project. It is a 30 to 60-day transitional dietary lifestyle resource, or pathway, targeted at patients that have a need or desire to move away from the Standard American Diet to a more health-promoting, whole food, plant-based lifestyle but don’t know how to navigate the road map to lasting change. It’s NOT a recipe site, app, cookbook or food blog, Culinary Rx is a food and cooking skills-development and plant-based focused dietary lifestyle tool. Powered by the world’s leading online cooking school, the course teaches patients about food as medicine and how to execute recipes successfully by learning basic foundational cooking techniques. Why? Because we’re now bearing the burden of our unhealthy food choices, with alarming chronic disease trends and many other unsustainable consequences of our decades of consuming the Western industrialized diet.



It’s a movement! As a 501c3 approved not-for-profit organization, The Plantrician Project produces the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference. This CME accredited event is just one medical education program of a multi-faceted initiative dedicated to educating, equipping and empowering medical practitioners and their patients and clients with the educational tools and resources needed to inspire their shift from the Western industrialized diet to a life-changing, plant-based way of living. This is essential to our ability as a society to usher in both sustainable human health and a sustainable healthcare system. The Plantrician Project transcends the food=health vs. food=disease equation in that it also connects the dots between our food choices and their impact on many of the global sustainability issues we face—including our ability to feed the world’s burgeoning population. Visit http://PlantricianProject.org and http://FoodMath101.org for details.



Rouxbe is the world’s leading online cooking school. We deliver foundational cooking technique instruction and wellness training to over 150,000 home cooks, culinary students, professional cooks and healthcare professionals in over 180 countries.


24 Nov

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Cooking School in the Sky with Rouxbe & JetBlue Airways


JetBlue partners with Rouxbe as part of their Fly-Fi Hub launch. Cooking enthusiasts can now learn to become better cooks whenever they travel with JetBlue.


NEW YORK (November 24, 2014) — JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), New York’s Hometown AirlineTM, is partnering with content providers Coursera, FOX, HarperCollins Publishers, National Geographic, Rouxbe and Time Inc. to offer customers more free content than any other U.S carrier in the sky. The Fly-Fi Hub is the new gateway to JetBlue’s Fly-Fi offering, the fastest Wi-Fi in the sky, and went live this morning.

Available to JetBlue customers via their own personal device, it will offer a wide range of entertainment options such as some of the most popular TV shows from FOX and National Geographic, ebook samples from HarperCollins, e-learning videos from Coursera and educational cooking videos from the Rouxbe Cooking School, which includes a subsidized membership exclusively for JetBlue travellers that would like to continue their learning on the ground.

“Our Fly-Fi Hub will set a new standard of onboard content in the airline industry. Not only are we the only U.S. airline to offer free Wi-Fi to customers, with our new portal, we are now taking it to the next level and provide endless hours of entertainment whether you want to read, learn or just relax watching a TV show. To make this a reality, we have partnered with some of the most respected content providers, with plenty more to come in 2015,” said Jamie Perry, director of product development, JetBlue.

JetBlue launched Fly-Fi, the fastest Wi-Fi among all U.S. airlines, last year, which is currently available on 88 aircraft, with the number of Fly-Fi enabled aircraft increasing each week. JetBlue is now the only airline in the world to offer free live television at every seat, free high-speed Wi-Fi and leading instructional content.

“What better way to spend your time in the air. Now you can take off with JetBlue and land a better cook then you were before you left the ground. We are a pleased to partner with an airline that cares about the food experiences travellers have both on the ground and at over 30,000 feet,” said Joe Girard, CEO of Rouxbe.

Happy cooking with JetBlue and Rouxbe!

P.S. Few screenshots of the in-flight cooking school experience.









16 Jun


Rouxbe Hosts Award Winning Chef Matt Haley



The James Beard Foundation’s 2014 Humanitarian of the Year, The National Humanitarian from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the 2014 Cornerstone Humanitarian from the National Restaurant Association — no chef in history has ever been awarded these three high honors — especially in one year. But with Matt Haley’s focus on using food to support and nurture communities, he has garnered this trifecta of awards which has focused a spotlight on the how this incredible man gives back to his global community in immeasurable ways.

Join Chef Matt Haley and Rouxbe Cooking School for a unique and exciting live web event on Thursday, June 19th at 12 noon PST/3pm EST as Chef Haley discusses his life, and how he is working as a chef and philanthropist to enrich communities the world over.

Watch a Short Video About Chef Haley’s Achievements

A focal point in Haley’s charitable work is his commitment to furthering education through food – he sees the impact that education and training can have and he believes that access to education, real foods, and safe places to learn and grow are essential for our collective future. His personal journey from prison to a well-respected chef and business leader is beyond inspiring. Join us and listen.

 To register for this free event, click here.   Once you have registered, details will be emailed to you the day before the event on how to log on and listen.

See you in class!

Interested in Professional Culinary Certification Online? Browse our Programs here:  http://rouxbe.com/professional-culinary-courses




14 Nov


Waldorf Astoria Hotel In New York Selects Rouxbe Cooking School to Train Chefs


For over a century, The Waldorf Astoria New York has set the standard in culinary excellence. Whether it’s pioneering the concept of social dining, or inventing modern-day classics such as the Waldorf Salad, they have always shaped new trends, rather than follow them. Their culinary teams consistently push the boundaries of food preparation, and deliver dining experiences that create unforgettable memories for their guests. At the heart of this effort stands their culinary team – built by recruiting the very best talent, and sharpened by an industry-leading training program.

To carry on this tradition of excellence, The Waldorf Astoria New York has partnered with the Rouxbe Online Cooking School to provide their chefs with access to their very own, technology-driven culinary school, complete with premium instructional cooking videos, a 21st century curriculum platform, and an assessment architecture that help cooks develop and master their craft.

As part of the training, participating cooks take online lessons and then have to complete a variety of assessments such as interactive quizzes and instructor-submitted assignments which are graded by Rouxbe Chefs. They also have to perform a variety of practical exercises, from demonstrating their knife skills, to making a french omelet, cooking pasta, risotto, chicken medallions, and hollandaise sauce. Practical exercises are conducted in the Waldorf kitchens and then presented to the Chef for grading using iPad grading tools with formal grading criteria. In total, cooks complete around 50 hours of coursework as a complement to their on-the-job roles. They then earn a “Certificate of Culinary Arts” upon graduation.

“I am convinced that the Rouxbe Online Cooking School is the future of culinary education and training,” says Chef David Garcelon, Director of Culinary at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC.



About Rouxbe’s Professional Training Programs

Rouxbe is equipped to provide certificate-level instruction not only to consumers, but also to quality restaurants and hotels, like the Waldorf Astoria in New York, the JW Marriott in San Antonio, Texas, and many other premium food service organizations. Rouxbe’s revolutionary online platform can now deliver cutting edge e-learning solutions that drive, and more effectively measure learning outcomes while providing viable, lower-cost alternatives for training professional cooks.

If you are looking for professional training tools for your staff and are interested in learning more about Rouxbe, please contact Joe Girard (Co-Founder) at jgirard [@] rouxbe.com.