Delicious food for everyone

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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:

February 8 from 3-4:30PM
February 22 from 3-4:30PM
March 7 from 3-4:30PM
March 21 from 3-4:30PM
April 4 from 3-4:30PM
April 18 from 3-4:30PM

Our Private Classes Include:
Cooking Series with Lowell High School
Wednesday Cooking with Edward II
Friday Teen Night Dinners with The Boys & Girls Club

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.

We are expanding to Oakland and Watts! Please contact us if your school or organization would like to partner with The Cooking Project.

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Cooking Basics

cooking basics

Recipes & News

Local news and recipes

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It’s finally happening: the first LocoL is opening its doors in Watts on January 18th. Announced in 2014, LocoL is a fast food concept created by Chefs Roy Choi and our very own Daniel Patterson. Unlike those at conventional fast […]

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Last Monday, Chef David Bazirgan of Dirty Habit Bar and Restaurant joined us at San Francisco Cooking School. This talented chef started in a kitchen as a dishwasher when he was thirteen years old in a seaport town in Massachusetts, and […]

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Alexandria Dempsey provided social media advisory and content for The Cooking Project for almost two years and now we bid her adieu as she heads overseas to Italy to further her education in the business of food. We will miss you […]

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On June 15, we cooked up a storm with the Art Institute’s Culinary Director and AFC Vice President, Mark Davis. We did side by side comparisons of four loaves and they were all SO tasty! And, they happened to be […]

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We would love to hear from you

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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