Culinary Medicine does more than heal your body; it feeds your soul by making mealtime into healtime.
“Good food can fix just about anything. It’s not complicated.”
About Chef Dr. Mike
Cardiologist. Professor. Chef. Author. Storyteller.
Empowering people to take control over their health and wellness through a positive relationship with food.
Michael Fenster, MD, better known as Chef Dr. Mike, is a board-certified Interventional Cardiologist, Professor of Culinary Medicine, and Professional Chef.
Chef Dr. Mike is a trailblazer in the field of culinary medicine. By combining his culinary talents with cutting-edge medical expertise and evidence-based insights he forges an approach to healthy living beyond mere nutrition or fad diets.
He doesn’t believe in setting boundaries when it comes to food. The ideas that healthy food can’t be flavorful, that tasty food can’t be good for you, or that a one-size-fits-all, healthy diet exists are all myths. And, one by one, he is busting those myths.
Every person is unique—from their body to their preferences. You don’t need a self-described “health expert” telling you what to eat.
Instead, through the power of Culinary Medicine you will be armed with evidence-backed knowledge on the relationship between your food and your body. You will be able to make decisions that are right for your health and general wellbeing.
Chef Dr. Mike isn’t here to judge your habits or your tastes. He’s here to help you learn the truth about food and health so that you have the opportunity to make the best choices for yourself and those you care about.
When he’s not in the operating room, teaching Culinary Medicine, or in the kitchen; Chef Dr. Mike spends his free time wandering the beautiful Montana mountains with his lovely wife Jennifer and their pair of pound pups.
“Forget everything you have been told about food and health. It is not about calories. It is not about separation or deprivation. It is about integration and inspiration. I want people to forget about eating healthy and I want them to think about eating delicious.”
– CHEF DR. MIKE
Chef Dr. Mike's Philosophy
Education & Credentials
- Graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University’s Physician’s Executive MBA program
- Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from Medical College of Virginia
- Graduated summa cum laude from Ashworth University with a Culinary degree in Gourmet Cooking and Catering
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Chemistry from University of Virginia
Michael Fenster, MD, is one of less than twenty physicians worldwide who hold both culinary and medical degrees. He is the only Interventional Cardiologist and Professional Chef to do so. He is also the only cardiologist with joint academic appointments in both the Medical and Culinary Arts. He serves as faculty at The University of Montana College of Health and in The Missoula College Culinary Arts Program of the Department of Business Technology. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Medicine (Culinary Medicine) at The Kansas Health Science Center.
With his unique set of qualifications, there is no one on Earth better equipped to take on the epidemic of fad nutrition than Chef Dr. Mike. His approach to healthy living is accessible to all audiences and includes a commitment to bring joy to the table.