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Research Kitchen Core


  • Renee Puyau


This mission of this core is to support nutritional research as an integrated component of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center by designing, preparing, and serving meals to meet study-specific criteria and produce valid scientific results.


The  Research Kitchen Core is located on the second floor of the Clinical  Research Building. It is a state-of-the-art facility that is equipped to  provide quality service and is ideal for conducting simultaneous study  protocols. Approximately 225 meals per day can be prepared in the  facility. The cores dietitians use a nutritional analysis program to  precisely plan menus and recipes to meet the requirements of each study protocol.  The Research Kitchen is integrated into the clinic scheduling system at  Pennington Biomedical, and its dieticians work directly with principal  investigators as they plan research and design study protocols. The  Research Kitchen works closely with the Inpatient Clinic and Ingestive  Behavior Laboratory, providing meals to these entities, collecting food intake  data by weighing food provision and plate waste, and entering these data  into the Centers Central Database. 

The core employs a director who  oversees menu planning, food production, and daily management of the  operation, while research dietitians are responsible for managing the dietary  component of specific study protocols. Research specialists and a food  service worker prepare and serve the research-designated diets. Meal  monitors sit with participants during meal times to ensure that  participants are being compliant. The Research Kitchen receives oversight  by a users committee. 

For more information, visit our core website: http://labs.pbrc.edu/metabolic-kitchen