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NYU Food Lab

Nutrition and Food Studies

The NYU Food Lab serves as a hands-on classroom for many courses within the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. It is also a food and nutrition idea incubator for our faculty and student body, where local and global issues pertaining to human and planetary health are considered and possible solutions are discussed and tested.

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Learning in the Food Lab

The goal of the NYU Food Lab is to enable our students to make sustainable personal food choices. You will learn the skills needed to make delicious, nutritious, and responsibly-sourced meals through hands-on explorations of culinary techniques.  

As our student, you will also be challenged to think about current issues pertaining to nutrition and sustainability from both an individual and global perspective. For example, projects in the lab have included exploring the intersection of allergen-free cooking and minimizing food waste and designing culturally-appropriate menus for individuals with swallowing disorders.

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Student Outcomes 

  • Learn, hone, and improve your culinary skills — such as knife skills, small animal butchery, and bread making

  • Gain hands-on experience in a commercial kitchen laboratory setting

  • Formulate and execute solutions pertaining to human and planetary health

  • Collaborate with your peers to collectively address food and nutrition challenges

Photos from the Lab

Check out our Instagram to see our students in action in the Food Lab.

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News from the Food Lab

Fridays in the Food Lab: Cooking Competition Edition

A cooking competition hosted by the Food Lab featured student teams planning and executing menus in various culinary styles: gluten-free, vegan, locavore, kosher, and allergen-free.

Fridays in the Food Lab: Career Advice and Knife Sharpening 101

As a part of the Fridays in the Food Lab series, the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies held an interactive knife sharpening workshop and professional development panel discussion.

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The NYU Urban Farm Lab

Learn more about another lab in our department – a research and teaching farm located right in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village.

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Student adjusting a stake at the Urban Farm Lab.