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



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.

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