The Cooking Project has been teaching under-served youth in the Bay Area how to cook since 2014. In this time, we have taught over 1000 youth fundamental cooking skills, with our network of over 40 professional chefs in the community.
One of our co-founders is Michelin-Star Chef Daniel Patterson, who has had great success with a series of fine-dining restaurants throughout the Bay Area. He has won numerous awards, including Best New Chef in Food and Wine Magazine in 1997, and Best Chef: West by the James Beard Foundation. Incredibly, Daniel is a self-taught chef so he wanted to share his love and knowledge of good food, through an organization that would benefit the youth in our community who need it the most - and The Cooking Project was born.
Our mission is to teach under-served youth fundamental cooking skills. We teach our youth to prepare and appreciate delicious, inexpensive dishes from diverse cultural traditions. They work together with peers of different backgrounds and explore the culinary arts, as we teach them to believe in their abilities – both inside and outside of the kitchen.
Through our cooking classes, our students also learn about:
- Healthy nutritional choices – both when preparing and ordering food
- Proper serving sizes and benefits of eating regular meals
- Benefits of eating fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables
- The source of their food and environmental responsibility
- Reducing food waste, using the whole plant, and the economy of left-overs
In line with the famous saying: The Cooking Project does not just give the kids a fish, but we teach them to fish.
Our lessons are long-lasting because we not only teach our youth what healthy eating is, but we teach them to make healthy eating taste good.