Culinard's Pineda receives one of "Citizens of the Year" honors

Mar 5, 2014

Culinard's Pineda receives one of 'Citizens of the Year' honors

Dr. Luis Pineda, a practicing physician and graduate of Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Birmingham, is to receive one of the Citizens of the Year honors awarded by Leadership Vestavia Hills on March 6.

Dr. Pineda, who specializes in cancer treatment, earned a diploma in Culinary Arts from Culinard several years ago to pursue one of his passions: to help his patients improve their quality of life and strengthen their bodies through healthy eating with recipes designed especially for cancer patients. He has since created an organization called Cooking with Cancer and published a cookbook, "Prescription to Taste," which has been endorsed by both the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. An e-book is also available at

The Citizens of the Year program annually recognizes individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to Vestavia Hills through "volunteerism, generosity, fund-raising and lifetime service."

According to its website, Leadership Vestavia Hills is "an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of leadership in Vestavia Hills through networking relationships and educational experiences that inform, inspire and empower graduates to make a positive difference within the community.