Houston’s The Hippo Kitchen Serves Cancer Patients

Chef Angela Anderson works to serve nutritionally dense foods to those battling cancer

Chef Angela Anderson of the now closed Ubuntu has started a company with a focus on nutritionally rich options, Culture Map Houston reports. The Hippo Kitchen offers chef-prepared meals for healing patients undergoing cancer therapy. The name is derived from the Hippocrate’s quote “let food be thy medicine.”

People come from all over to fight cancer at Texas Medical Center, and the company serves those in the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Anderson wanted to serve the patients, and with her passion for local produce and holistic healing, she saw a need for nutritionally dense foods to be available.

The chef uses traditional dishes like pancakes, mashed potatoes, enchiladas, and noodle stir-fries and finds new ways to add nutritional benefits. For example, she uses chia seeds in her Apple Kuzu Pudding to boost omega-3 fatty acids.


The menu is friendly for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets. Nutritional information is available with each dish, and the chef uses primarily organic and local ingredients. The company also delivers to some areas of the city.