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Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness Partners with Miami Dade College’s Miami Culinary Institute to Create First Annual “Dr. G's MCI Student Culinary Cook Off”

Healthy menu options to be developed and integrated into national weight loss program

Miami, November 15, 2012 -

Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness , the fastest growing weight loss franchise in the nation, has partnered with the Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) at Miami Dade College (MDC) to create a long-term partnership focused on educating both budding chefs and consumers about healthy eating. The first component of the partnership is a competition for students that entails creating menus for the renowned weight loss program.


The first annual “Dr. G’s MCI Student Culinary Cook Off” has been integrated into the Institute’s fall curriculum and encompasses six teams of three students each. Two teams will be competing to create healthy, sensible breakfast menus; two teams for lunch; and two teams for dinner options.


Among the competition’s high-profile judges are John Richards, executive director, Miami Culinary Institute; Chef Collen Engle, nutritionist and chef/professor, Miami Culinary Institute; Dr. Charles Goldsmith, founder, Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness; internationally known Chef Norman Van Aiken, who also serves as Director of Restaurants at the Miami Culinary Institute; and Chef Marcelo Marino, Green House Organic Restaurant and a former instructor at Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts.


“This competition goes way beyond a classroom project and a winning prize,” explained John Richards of MCI. “Dr. Goldsmith worked with very closely with our chefs and educators to develop criteria for the menus so that each meets his stringent standards of nutritious meals. It is our hope the students take what they discover and create from the process and integrate it into their own individual cooking styles, because it is imperative that a healthy lifestyle is not only for those who want to lose weight.”


“Over the years, research has changed the way we understand diet and nutrition,” added Dr. Goldsmith.  “We are constantly reviewing the information and using it to refresh our menus so they incorporate the optimal amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and fat to stimulate weight loss and develop lifelong healthy eating habits.”


He continued, “We recognize that it is often challenging for people to find foods that are not only nutritious, but taste good and look appetizing. That’s where the students come in. We’re looking for meals that are simple for our customers to recreate at home.”


Judging will be based on presentation, taste, sense of ease, and nutritional value. The winner will win an Apprenticeship under a high-profile local chef, and will be featured in Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness promotional pieces. The winning meal plans will also be integrated into Dr. G’s weight loss programs as fresh ideas for at-home menu options.


About Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness

Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness offers safe and sensible medically supervised weight loss programs, as well as nutritional products that assist individuals to easily and rapidly achieve their healthy weight and improve their lifestyles. Founded by Dr. Charles Goldsmith in 1994, Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness has 18 years of experience helping over 75,000 customers lose more than one million pounds. Unlike most weight loss programs where one size fits all, the Dr. G’s program is an individualized physician-supervised medical weight loss plan that provides a sense of ease, freedom and instant gratification that dramatically changes customers’ lives. Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness uses its proprietary software and a full medical evaluation including blood work, EKG, metabolic rate, body composition, and behavioral history to create customized plans for safe and effective weight loss. Plans may incorporate a combination of FDA-approved medication and herbal supplements to help clients reach their weight loss goals.  For general information, please call (800) DRG-8424 or visit


About Dr. G’s Franchising Companies, LLC

Dr. G’s Franchising Companies, LLC spearheads the global franchise growth and operations for Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness, the fastest growing weight loss franchise in the nation. Led by venerable industry veterans David Lopez and Charlotte Russell, the South Florida-based company launched franchising in August 2010 and has 54 offices open or under development in 12 countries, including the U.S., Central and South America and Australia. Approximately 250 more offices are slated to open in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States.  The corporate staff at Dr. G’s Franchising Companies, LLC is a well-diversified group of medical and business professionals with decades of experience in the health care, weight loss and franchise industries.  The company has developed a business model that is replicable worldwide. Its streamlined franchise program provides turnkey support for owners from site acquisition, construction and design, the grand opening, and business oversight and operations.  For more information or for franchise ownership information, please call (800) DRG-8242 or visit


About Miami Culinary Institute

Building upon Miami Dade College’s rich history, Miami Culinary Institute blends technology, sustainability and world-class education to set the pulse of Miami’s cuisine and food culture innovation. The Institute offers a curriculum steeped in green-sustainable food and energy technologies, the highest quality food and beverage enthusiast programming and customized professional development for corporate and educational partners worldwide. The eight-story Institute at the College’s Wolfson Campus is an architectural and engineering marvel that focuses on exceptional space utilization and generating a limited carbon footprint. It features general kitchen and baking labs, a food and beverage theater with global connectivity capabilities through the latest A/V technology, a first-floor café and bakery, and on the top floor, the Institute’s exceptional gem: Tuyo.



For more information on the partnership and/or competition, please contact Vanessa Conde from Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness at or John Richards, Miami Culinary Institute, at


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