Delicious food for everyone


What is the Cooking Project?
The Cooking Project is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to teaching kids and young adults fundamental cooking skills. Our community of chefs, writers, home cooks, farmers and growers teach how to connect with food through a variety of programs on everything from unusual ingredients to how to cook simple, tasty dishes at home.

Our programs are based on the principle that learning to cook means learning much more than that. We believe that learning to eat well is fundamental to our kids’ future success and the health of our communities. Through our programs, young people develop their curiosity, creativity, self-discipline, and self-respect, and learn about science, history, and other cultures, all while developing critical cooking skills.

By making cooking fun and demystifying the culture of food, The Cooking Project aims to inspire young people, regardless of background, to successfully take on challenges–in the kitchen and out.

Who are we?
Founder, Daniel Patterson
Founder and Executive Director, Sasha Bernstein

Meet Our Full Team

Read about us here:
The San Francisco Chronicle
Inside Scoop 12/17/14
Inside Scoop 6/25/13
Edible SF 1/22/15
SF Eater
The Bold Italic
Food Tank
Huffington Post
The James Beard Foundation

The Cooking Project is a community initiative by DPG

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Come cook with us!


Here are our upcoming dates for free Monday classes at The San Francisco Cooking School:

January 12 from 3-4:30PM Donna Shin
January 26 from 3-4:30PM Daniel Patterson, Coi and DPGrp restaurants
February 9 from 3-4:30PM
February 23 from 3-4:30PM
March 9 from 3-4:30PM
March 23 from 3-4:30PM

Check out some of our past guest chefs and classes!

Our cooking classes are free for young people from the Tenderloin community, ages 15-25. It is not a drop-in program – we only accept kids sent to us by community organizations, programs and schools. No need to bring anything. We’ll have everything there! Each class you’ll learn a few simple dishes that you can make at home, taught by local chefs, writers and good home cooks.

We also partner with existing programs to visit and teach custom lessons within their existing curriculum. Please contact us to find out about how we can work with your organization.

We are infinitely grateful to the San Francisco Cooking School, located at at 690 Van Ness Avenue, for hosting the classes, one of the many ways in which they support their community. However, please DO NOT call them to reserve a space, call us! The San Francisco Cooking School is a professional school that hosts our program but does not offer classes for children at this time.

Cooking Basics

cooking basics

Recipes & News

Local news and recipes

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For our first class of 2015 at the San Francisco Cooking School, we had the pleasure of having Chef Donna Shin teach us how to cook delicious Kimchi Fried Rice and Zucchini Pancakes. What better way to indulge than with [...]

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And thanks for the in-book shot, Gladys Dulay!

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We gained some great cooking tips from Chef Yoni Levy of Alta. In this session, we cooked some collard greens, Delicata squash, and Spaghetti Aglio Olio Con Pomodoro. We broke it down to see how the dishes came about.

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With Fall in full swing we decided to try this latke recipe we made with David Goody of Alta. It only requires a few ingredients and a skillet! 1cup freshly grated potato. 1cup onion grated. 2 T chopped fresh chives. [...]

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  What’s Rosh Hashanah without a nice warm Matzo Ball Soup! Meesha Halm shares with us her recipe.  Also here are some great tips to remember in the kitchen. – When deboning a chicken, just remember to follow the lines. [...]

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We would love to hear from you

For more information, or if you’re interested in volunteering or starting a cooking project in your own community, please contact us!

Sasha Bernstein, Executive Director

The Cooking Project
36 Waverly Place, Suite 2
San Francisco, CA 94108