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.
When and where?
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. Our cooking classes are free for young people from the Tenderloin community, ages 15-25, and held every other Monday from 3-4:30PM. It is not a drop-in program – we only accept kids sent to us by community organizations, programs and schools. We also partner with existing programs to go onsite and guest teach within their existing curriculum.
Who are we?
Executive Director, Sasha Bernstein
Chef and Community Supporters:
Mourad Lahlou, Laurence Jossel, Richie Nakano, Jodi Liano, Bill Corbett, Kim Alter, Joanne Weir, Charlie Hallowell, Elianna Friedman, Adam Tortosa, Matthew Dolan, Sarah Henkin, Brandon Jew, Shakira Simley, Bi-Rite Market, Alexander Ong, Bruce Cole, Tara Duggan, Hollie Greene, Anna Derivi-Castellanos, Three Babes Bakeshop, Leif Hedendal, and growing….
Extra special thanks to:
Jodi Liano, San Francisco Cooking School
James Toy, COVINGTON & BURLING LLP
Benjamin Nelsen, Larkin Street Youth Services
Jon Adams, illustrator
Kristján Pétursson, developer
Barry Jenkins, videographer
Read about us here:
The San Francisco Chronicle
The Cooking Project is a community initiative by DPG