Natural Gourmet Institute

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The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts was a vegetarian cooking school in Manhattan, New York, founded in 1977 by Annemarie Colbin. Colbin campaigned against overly-refined food and taught about its connection to poor health. She was the author of Food and Healing[1] and other books. The Natural Gourmet Institute taught cooking techniques from a variety of cuisines around the world, teaching that the food should be whole, fresh, traditional, balanced, local, seasonal and delicious. The menus were largely, but not exclusively, plant-based.

In early 2019, the Natural Gourmet was subsumed by the Institute of Culinary Education[2], which announced its intention to keep the Natural Gourmet education track available as a separate option.


  1. Food and Healing by Annemarie Colbin, 1986, Ballantine Books; ISBN 978-0345303851
  2. Press Release from The Institute of Culinary Education, Jan 08, 2019, last access 12/8/2020.