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

Read about us here:
The San Francisco Chronicle

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:
July 21 from 3-4:30PM Private class for Oasis for Girls with Chef Suzette Gresham, Acquerello
July 25 from 3-5PM Special Class for TNDC with Eric Ehler, Luke’s Local
August 11 from 3-4:30PM
August 25 from 3-4:30PM Charlie Parker, Haven
September 8 from 3-4:30PM
September 22 from 3-4:30PM Meesha Halm
October 6 from 3-4:30PM Yoni Levy, Alta
October 20 from 3-4:30PM
November 3 from 3-4:30PM
November 17 from 3-4:30PM
December 1 from 3-4:30PM

Coming soon!: Fresh Pasta with Robin Song, Hog & Rocks

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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We tapped into our inner chef by learning some great pointers from Chef Suzette Gresham of Acquerello on perfecting our knife skills from dicing celery to cutting herbs.  She also showed us how to be cost efficient: instead of buying [...]

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A big thank you to Chef Larry Finn of Scala’s Bistro who taught us how to look for antibiotic-free pork, use the whole animal, break it down and make it extra delicious. We also learned how to make Crunchy Rice, [...]

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Tasting Table SF spreads the word about how to support The Cooking Project by drinking negronis! Places like Alta, Plum Bar and Haven Oakland are donating $1 of every negroni sold through June 8th.

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Read more about Chef Daniel Patterson’s win and the James Beard Awards here!

Thank you Alison Mountford of Square Meals for cooking and sharing this delicious recipe with us! BRAISED CHICKEN WITH OLIVES, ASPARAGUS, GARBANZO BEANS • 8 organic chicken leg/thighs, trimmed of excess fat • Sea salt • Freshly ground black pepper [...]

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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