Hospital Food

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 9:42am

Students at the Culinary Institute of America are learning how to cook for medical communities transferring skills from fine dining to hospital.

This baker's dozen of students is learning how to cook for medical communities, like hospitals, nursing homes and senior housing.

It is a part of an elective class at the Culinary Institute of America.

"So we're looking at the best way to deliver that food... how to maintain the chemical qualities of that food so that it reaches the patient in the best quality than it can possibly be," said Lynn Eddy of the Culinary Institute.
The students taking the class already have an appetite for the changing the status of institutional cooking.

"I think you can actually get someone to actually want to eat the food at the hospital because every time I was at the hospital I didn't like anything at all," said C.I.A. student Emily Li.

That is why Li is eager to have lessons from Anthony Fischetti, the executive chef at the Vassar Brother's Hospital.

"We have room service which is just like an ala cart restaurant," said Fischetti.

Fischetti has worked at some of the top restaurants in the country and he brings the same prescription for fine dining to the hospital.
"The key is fresh food, using fresh herbs," said Fischetti.

Fischetti also expanded the bakery which now turns out goodies, so wonderful, the staff is often hired to bake for people outside of the hospital community.

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