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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

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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:

April 6 from 3-4:30PM Michaela Hug-Nelsen, Piccino
April 20 from 3-4:30PM Telmo Faria, Tacolicious and Chino
May 4 from 3-4:30PM
May 18 from 3-4:30PM
June 1 from 3-4:30PM
June 15 from 3-4:30PM
June 29 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.

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Cooking Basics

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Recipes & News

Local news and recipes

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Pastry Chef Kim Laidlaw, instructor at San Francisco Cooking School, taught us how to make quick breads and muffins yesterday and as the goods came out of the oven, everything seemed right in the world. Banana Bread (which can also […]

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On March 9, 2015, Chef David Suarez and Brée Theriaut came by to make some extremely tasty Pork Tacos with Pineapple-jalapeño Salsa with us. We wanted to share the recipe! Here it is: Pork Tacos with Pineapple-jalapeño Salsa SERVES 4 […]

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We were lucky enough to have Chef Rachelle Boucher join us for our Monday session at the San Francisco Cooking School. She brought a great recipe of Vietnamese Spring Rolls to teach us. Not only are they delicious, but great […]

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Come join us at Off the Grid this Thursday, February 19th, 5:30 pm, for a live cooking demo with Chef Anthony Strong of Pizzeria Delfina! We’ll be making a Winter Chicory Salad with parmigiano, egg, and warm bacon vinaigrette. Stick […]

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Caesar Salad and Flatbread Croutons with Chef Rachelle Boucher In class, we added grilled lemon chicken to this delicious salad, but you can also add fish, hard boiled eggs, baked tofu, or enjoy it all on its own! Dressing 2 […]

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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