Chef Rebecca Katz struggled to find recipes her father would enjoy as he battled cancer nine years ago, so she decided to take matters into her own hands, creating meals featuring cancer-fighting ingredients and bold flavors.
Soon after, Rebecca founded Inner Cook, a San Francisco-based culinary practice that helps cancer patients meet their nutritional needs. "Teaching cancer patients and their families how to get to the 'yum' can spell the difference between keeping the appetite engaged and losing interest in eating," Rebecca says.
Now a nationally recognized expert on the role of food in supporting health during cancer treatment, Rebecca is the executive chef for The Center for Mind-Body Medicine's Food As Medicine and CancerGuides® Professional Training Programs, which attracts the country's top cancer wellness physicians, nurses, social workers, and researchers. She is also visiting chef and nutrition educator at Commonweal's Cancer Help Program in Bolinas, California, which offers intensive self-care programs for cancer patients and their caregivers.