Safely and effectively transitioning your child to a high-fat diet that treats seizures requires education and practice. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Keto Kitchen is a teaching kitchen where parents and caregivers of children in our program can learn to prepare the foods their child will need when following a dietary treatment for epilepsy and neurological disorders.
In the Keto Kitchen, you will learn creative cooking techniques and practice preparing recipes for your child’s prescribed diet plan. The Dietary Treatment Program team will teach you the skills you need to follow a high-fat diet at home and make it a part of everyday life. Having the help of experts in preparing these somewhat unusual recipes can help families feel more confident before heading home.
Cooking classes are available for parents and caregivers of patients who are established on a dietary treatment. During these classes, our registered dietitians and research chef teach more complex recipes and techniques.
CHOP’s Keto Kitchen became the first of its kind in 2013, thanks in part to the support of more than 300 generous donors and patient families. The kitchen is equipped with all the necessary appliances, tools, and ingredients to prepare countless delicious ketogenic recipes. The central table, computer, and projector create a perfect setting for classroom-style teaching, while allowing hands-on learning.
Before starting dietary treatment at CHOP, patients must be seen by one of CHOP’s epilepsy specialists.