What is the Cooking Project?

The Cooking Project is a non-profit organization that teaches young people fundamental cooking skills. By focusing on delicious, inexpensive dishes from diverse cultural traditions, our community of chefs, writers, home cooks, and farmers seeks to demystify the culture of food, make good food more accessible, and equip young people 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 in the news here!

The Cooking Project is a community initiative by DPG


Upcoming dates for free Monday classes at Locol‘s Commissary (3446 Market, West Oakland):

**Please note our class location has changed from Locol’s Uptown Oakland location to their Commissary Kitchen and forthcoming coffee and savory pastry shop at 3446 Market St., West Oakland, CA

11.7, 4-5:30PM with Chef Preeti Mistry of Juhu Beach Club
12.5, 4-5:30PM with chef TBD
Stay tuned for more!

About our Locol Classes:
Our Locol cooking classes are free for any young people, between the ages 15-25, who want to learn how to cook! No need to bring anything, except please wear closed-toed, comfortable shoes. 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.

Under the guidance of Locol co-founders, chefs Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi, we’ve launched an ongoing, free cooking class series, beginning with Locol’s Uptown Oakland location. Locol aims to supplant fast-food chains and convenience stores that separate our youth from the taste of real food. The first outpost of Locol is located in Watts, Los Angeles. Through employing people directly from the communities where each outpost exists, Locol intends to serve as a community center and local gathering space. The duo plans to roll out locations in food deserts around the country. The goal is that eventually every Locol outpost will also offer free cooking classes.

Please contact us if your school or organization would like to partner with The Cooking Project at either Locol location.

Our Current Private Classes Include:

Farmers’ Market Cooking Series with Oasis for Girls
Cooking Series at SF Cooking School with SF State Guardian Scholars Program

About our Private Classes:
We partner Bay Area youth organizations to teach custom cooking lessons with our own curriculum or 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, for hosting our monthly 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.

Check out some of our past guest chefs and classes!

Cooking Basics

cooking basics

Recipes & News



Donate Now

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

By email

Sasha Bernstein, Executive Director

By snail mail

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