The Center for Human Nutrition Studies Research Kitchen is located in the Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences Department at USU. This space contains all the equipment required for the preparation and service of all meals for 50 individuals per day. The Research Kitchen includes a 500 sq. ft. preparation area, 200 sq. ft. dishroom, 250 sq. ft. walk-in cooler, 250 sq. ft. walk-in freezer, 400 sq. ft. dry storage, 100 sq. ft. office, 550 sq. ft. dining area and changing facilities for staff. The kitchen equipment includes a 31 cu. ft. reach-in refrigerator, microwaves, blenders, electronic balances, cryovac, tray lidder, meat slicer, food processors, an induction cook-top, two combi-ovens under a 6-foot hoods, blast chiller/freezer, baking area with a twenty-quart mixer, dishwasher, dish dryer and an ice machine. The dining area holds tables to seat 30, a three-door, reach-in refrigerator and service counter area. Participants consume their meals in an open area with generous windows and natural light and with a view of the surrounding mountains.
The Metabolic Kitchen staff includes Registered Dietitians and Dietetic/Nutrition Students.