Culinary Medicine Society

The medical students who make up our leadership board, the Culinary Medicine Society, help to keep current Tulane medical students engaged in teaching kitchen activities. They help spread the word about opportunities for students to get involved and assist in scheduling medical student volunteers for our community cooking classes. They plan and staff community outreach events as well as student outreach cooking classes and parties throughout the year. They help manage our kids’ programming and assist with social media. We couldn’t do what we do without their help!

 

2021-2022 Leadership

 

Marissa Tucci

President

Email: mtucci@tulane.edu

“The importance of nutrition in medicine is commonly overlooked by the medical school curriculum, physicians, and the general population.  The Teaching Kitchen is unique in its ability to educate both future medical professions and the community about the intersections of nutrition, population health, and medicine. When I interned with GCCM as an undergraduate student, I discovered my passion for public health nutrition, and I aim to continue incorporating it into my medical education and future practice. As president of the Culinary Medicine Society, I hope to share this enthusiasm with my classmates and advocate for improved nutritional education for medical students. Most of all, I want to help emphasize that nutritious foods can also be delicious foods!”

 


 

Lawrence Bacudio

Treasurer

Email: lbacudio@tulane.edu

Lawrence is a first-year MD student at Tulane. He earned his Bachelor’s in Public Health in Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His interests include weightlifting, traveling, hiking, and photography. He loves to cook all sorts of Asian cuisine including soondubu jjigae (kimchi tofu stew), okonomiyaki, and Thai curry. He also dabbles in baking and enjoys making ube cake, Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese egg tarts), and Levain-style cookies. He enjoys teaching the community affordable yet healthy cooking that is not only fun but also easy to accomplish.

 


 

Anna Alvarado

Secretary/Social Media Coordinator

Email: aalvarado1@tulane.edu

Hey everyone! My name is Anna Alvarado and I am the new co-secretary for the Teaching Kitchen/Culinary Medicine Society. I had the pleasure of volunteering with the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine prior to COVID-19 and fell in love with the work that they do with the community, both within the kitchen and outside. Working with fellow community members and partners inspired me to become more involved with GCCM and continue to advocate for improving the health of our community through the joys of cooking and food.

 


 

Elsie Zhao

Secretary/Social Media Coordinator

Email: yzhao21@tulane.edu

“I think food has the magic to heal: no matter it is after a bad or a cold rainy day, or it is when you miss your family a little extra, a nice meal can cheer you up. By being part of the Culinary Medicine Society, I’d love to share my passion for food with others and in the meantime learning how to be an advocate for healthy eating.”

 


 

Kavita Patwardhan

Community Outreach Coordinator

Email: kpatwardhan@tulane.edu

“I come from a family of physicians so my exposure to medicine, and the lifestyle that comes with it, started at an early age. Pagers and intermittent phone calls were staples at home, but despite my parents’ hectic schedules, we always came together for meals, no matter the day. Food brought us together every night and gave us the chance to reconnect with each other after spending hours apart. That simple ritual nurtured my love for food and taught me how to connect with others over something familiar and comforting. I joined the Teaching Kitchen Board because I want to share that love with my community and help inspire unity through food.”

 


 

Lauren Mueller

Community Outreach Coordinator

Email: lmueller2@tulane.edu

Lauren is a first-year MD/MBA student from central Illinois. Some of her favorite dishes to cook include garlic shrimp and jalapeño turkey burgers. She loves trying new recipes, exploring New Orleans, and listening to podcasts. She joined the Teaching Kitchen Board because she believes healthy eating, especially eaten with friends and family, is the best preventative medicine. 

 


 

Rohit Rao

Community Outreach Coordinator

Email: rrao4@tulane.edu

“Cooking has always been one of my creative releases when I’m stressed. I joined the Culinary Medicine Society to combine cooking with my public health interests to be able to engage with the community on healthier eating and lifestyles.” 

 


 

Tuhin Choudhary

Service Learning Coordinator

Email: tchoudhary@tulane.edu

“I consider myself to be a “foodie” and I love trying different cuisines from all over the world. Food and culture are interconnected with one another and I really believe in the importance of healthy eating. I believe the Teaching Kitchen does a great job in working with the New Orleans community and educating students at TUSOM and I’m excited to be a part of the team!” 

 


 

Tom Eggers

Service Learning Coordinator

Email: teggers@tulane.edu

“Food has always been a passion of mine, from watching cooking TV as a child to experimenting with new cuisines. I find that food is more than just sustenance, it’s art, medicine, and a stress reliever. I wanted to be part of the Culinary Medicine Society Board so that I could help show others the benefits of knowing how to cook delicious and healthy meals.”

 


 

Mariel Colon-Leyva

Kids Programming Coordinator

Email: mcolonleyva@tulane.edu

“I’ve always seen food as something that brings people together. From a really early age, my grandmother showed me how food can be a way to demonstrate love and care to both yourself and those that surround you, and I’ve always thought that to be kind of beautiful.  I wanted to join the Teaching Kitchen Board so as to further explore that relationship that we foster with food and how it can be both healthy and enjoyable.”


 

Kevin Marzotto

Kids Programming Coordinator

Email: kmarzotto@tulane.edu

“I grew up learning how to cook from my grandparents and the time we spent together over homecooked meals created memories that I will always cherish. I decided to become involved in the TK because I believe cooking is an amazing way for people to connect with each other and learning how to do so in a healthier manner will help us all lead healthier and happier lives, filled with delicious food!”