Foundry Cookery School is a new startup cooking school that is looking to raise $50,000 to help build a brick and mortar location in San Francisco, CA. I have been planning this for several years now, but I need your help to make this become a reality. We have not found a place to house the cooking school yet, but I have several locations in mind. If successful, the funds raised will go towards the lease for the space, architect design, building permits, contractors, business licenses, and the list goes on! If you donate, you'll be rewarded with some of the cool perks below, which will be a great Christmas present to give to a loved one. We need your help to reach our goal!
The Cookery School
Our classes will be 3 to 4 hours recreational hands-on (not demo) experiences with 14 students with 2 chef instructors per class to provide individualized attention and practical, transferable cooking skills.
We will be focusing on teaching fundamental culinary basics with a focus on sustainable practices. In addition to our basic skills classes we will teach the following: sous-vide, health and nutrition, kids and teen cooking, themed culinary and pastry, week-long bootcamp, and much, much more. The space will also be designed to host a monthly supper club, with guest chefs, and will host private event gatherings for up to 65 guests.
We’re building a space and community where people come together to enjoy cooking and laughing as we get to know each other, networking while honing our cooking skills. We will need our community to help build the space we want.
I’m chef Jhonathan Rupchand-Kokotek. I started my culinary career at age 16, through a high school externship that led to an apprenticeship under Tom Valenti at Ouest Restaurant in Manhattan, where I did the majority of my culinary training. At age 21, I became the youngest executive chef in the history of the Breakwater Café at Montauk Manor Hotel in Montauk, New York.
I've worked at a handful of restaurants in New York City for 13 years, including Plan B Tapas, where I created their adventurous Wild Side menu, featuring such unusual ingredients as python sausages and bulls testicles. After working in many restaurants in New York City for the past 13 years, experiencing 90+ hour work weeks, missing family, and skipping weekend outings, I decided to retire from the executive chef role in the restaurant/hospitality industry to start consulting for restaurants instead.
Even more than cooking, I enjoy working with people and explaining how to prepare food. I love to host people in my home, working with them to prepare meals and comparing recipes. I’ve always wanted to open a cooking school and now I have the perfect city to house the cooking school; San Francisco, CA. Cooking and teaching people is chiseled in my bones, so sharing my culinary talents would be an honor.
The Foundry Cookery School seeks to encourage more people and families to cook at home by teaching simple cooking techniques that highlight local farmers, produce, and the effects that a consumer can have on their environment. We seek to teach all visitors how to cook simply and thoughtfully, with love and less waste, to build a stronger community and sustainable environment, and to inform the community how food strengthens the body and mind.
In addition to our other programs, Foundry Cookery School will offer a program called, "Doctors in the Kitchen,” which may provide an invaluable service for community health. It will offer medical professionals culinary and baking courses to teach fundamental skills in nutrition and diet, which can be applied in inspire patient conservation about the role of diet in disease prevention.
The Cooking School Sustainable Approach
Since good food always starts with good ingredients, the food used in our classes will highlight sustainably sourced local produce, meat, and fish. On top of that, field trips to local farms will also be offered, to help our students get an up close and personal look at where their food comes from. Our kitchen equipment will be energy efficient to reduce waste and cost.
The Kickstarter campaign has launched, but with your support, we can make Foundry Cookery School become a reality, taking its place in San Francisco culinary landscape. Right now, we are in the planning stages, as well as scouting at potential locations to house the school. That's where you come in! We need your help to raise enough funds to get this cooking school off the ground. Please share our campaign with your friends, family, and colleagues!
Some of the Rewards
Social Media & Our Coming Soon Website
Follow us social media below to checkup on our progress and check our coming soon website to a behind scene details.
- Facebook: @FoundryCookerySchool
- Instagram: @FoundryCookerySchool
- Twitter: FoundryCookery
- Website: www.foundrycookeryschool.com
- Email: email@example.com
Dishes You Could Be Making
Risks and challenges
Like any new business, we are aware that there are risk and challenges. Signing a lease for a commercial space to build our brick and mortar space to house the cooking school, hiring architects, and applying for building permits takes several weeks or even months to be approved before starting construction. That all has to take place before we can hire a contractor to start the build-out. Funding is a crucial part of this new exciting cooking school startup.
Contemporary consumers are increasingly aware of where their food comes from and how it is prepared. We watch cooking shows and spend time comparing the produce in our supermarkets. However, we are still often far removed from both the work that we see in our shows and the food supply networks that provide for us. We hope that our focus on transferable skills and our partnerships with local farms will increase student confidence and knowledge, inspiring them to try tasting or cooking something new.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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