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:

September 8 from 3-4:30PM Benjamin Nelsen, Larkin Street Youth Services
September 22 from 3-4:30PM Soul-Warming Matzo Ball Soup Meesha Halm
October 6 from 3-4:30PM Yoni Levy, Alta
October 20 from 3-4:30PM Nathan Foot, DPG
November 3 from 3-4:30PM
November 17 from 3-4:30PM
December 1 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.

Cooking Basics

cooking basics

Recipes & News

Local news and recipes

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Ben Nelsen of Larkin Street Youth taught some great uses for a kettle!  There are plenty of meals that can be prepared by only using an electric kettle to boil water: from soups, to veggie rice bowls, to fruity-oaty breakfasts [...]

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  We had a great time cooking with Chef Charlie  Parker of Haven. He let us in on a simple, quick, and very delicious avocado dressing.  Here’s the recipe for you to try while the avocados are still in season! [...]

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We are excited and proud to share the news of Daniel Patterson’s newest venture with Chef Roy Choi!  If you haven’t heard, read SF Gate’s article to get a glimpse of their new restaurant Loco’l.   Inside Scope SF also posted a great [...]

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Need a healthy and hearty breakfast to help get you through the day? Here’s a recipe that will last you through till lunch time.   Breakfast Burrito 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil or olive oil 1/2 red onion, diced (about [...]

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  Hog & Rocks’s Robin Song, ROCKS! We had and incredible lesson learning how to cook pasta from scratch using semolina. It’s great to incorporate into making pasta because it adds a nice bite.   Tips to remember:   If [...]

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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