Delicious food for everyone

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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

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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:

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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Armelle Futterman led a crepe-making class with Larkin Street Youth Services at San Francisco Cooking School in January. The recipe was such a hit that we’ve made it three times since her class – at Edward II, Boys & Girls […]

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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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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