The Culinary Medicine Conference


June 20 – June 23, 2019
New Orleans, LA

The Sheraton Hotel and New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute

Health meets Food is dedicated to teaching medical professionals and the communities they serve about the important connection between good health and healthy eating.

We are delighted to announce that Health meets Food: The Culinary Medicine Conference, will be held June 20 – June 23, 2019 in New Orleans, LA.

Health meets Food:  The Culinary Medicine Conference is the 6th annual culinary medicine conference featuring:

  • Health meets Food 2019 Keynote Speaker is Dr. Robert Lustig.

Robert H. Lustig, M.D. is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco, and Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF.

Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist, with basic and clinical training relative to hypothalamic development, anatomy, and function. Prior to coming to San Francisco in 2001, he worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. There, he was charged with the endocrine care of many children whose hypothalami had been damaged by brain tumors, or subsequent surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. Many patients who survived became massively obese. Dr. Lustig theorized that hypothalamic damage led to the inability to sense the hormone leptin, which in turn, led to the starvation response. Since repairing the hypothalamus was not an option, he looked downstream, and noted that these patients had increased activity of the vagus nerve (a manifestation of starvation) which increased insulin secretion. By administering the insulin suppressive agent octreotide, he was able to get them to lose weight; but more remarkably, they started to exercise spontaneously. He then demonstrated the same phenomenon in obese adults without CNS lesions.

  • Faculty from Tulane University and The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine (GCCM) at Tulane University, the first culinary medicine program established by a U.S. medical school, and
  • Renowned guest speakers from the worlds of food and medicine. 
  • Plus, more than a dozen other speakers, panelists, and chefs featured in a wealth of programs and demonstrations throughout the conference!

We will have a poster competition again this year and are very excited about being able to fully incorporate that into the conference arena.  You can find information on poster submissions at this link: Poster Submission Guidelines and Form

 Who should attend Health meets Food 2018? 

  • Family Practitioners
  • General Practitioners
  • Internists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Certified Diabetes Educators
  • Registered Dieticians
  • Pharmacists
  • Chefs and Culinarians
  • Other Allied Health Professionals
  • Anyone Interested in Healthy Eating