Health

Hospital food gets haute cuisine treatment

The Culinary Institute of America offers students a course on how to prepare tasty and nutritious hospital food.

The Culinary Institute of America is offering students an elective course on how to prepare tasty and nutritious hospital food.

Students in the elective class learn how to prepare food for health-care patients. They even take field trips to nearby Vassar Brothers Medical Center and to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.

The idea is to learn first-hand the nuances of tray lines, the challenges of serving people with severe dietary restrictions and what goes into creating higher-end hospital food.

Some hospital dietitians are starting to break the old Jell-O mould, blending feeling better with tasting better as they liven up patient menus with the likes of fresh blood oranges and shrimp scampi.

The Culinary Institute of America, which has a campus in Hyde Park, N.Y., says its course is the first of its kind in the U.S.