About

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

3D rendering image of what Foundry Cookery School will look like.
3D rendering image of what Foundry Cookery School will look like.

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. 

The Chef

Jhonathan Rupchand-Kokotek | Chef & Founder
Jhonathan Rupchand-Kokotek | Chef & Founder

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.

Our Mission

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 Campaign 

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 

Class Voucher
Class Voucher
Ticket to Friends & Family Soft Opening Party at the Foundry Cookery School
Ticket to Friends & Family Soft Opening Party at the Foundry Cookery School
Black Cast Iron Membership Card
Black Cast Iron Membership Card
Signature Blue Cast Iron Membership Card
Signature Blue Cast Iron Membership Card
Foundry Cookery School Logo Apron
Foundry Cookery School Logo Apron

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.

Dishes You Could Be Making

Brick Grilled Chicken with Grilled Mexican Corn on the Cob
Brick Grilled Chicken with Grilled Mexican Corn on the Cob
Mariscada (Seafood Stew)
Mariscada (Seafood Stew)
Mixed Seafood Ceviche
Mixed Seafood Ceviche
Vanilla Bean Custard Tart with Strawberries
Vanilla Bean Custard Tart with Strawberries

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.

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    Thank You Card

    We’ll send you a special thank you card for your support.

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    • Have your name published on website and curriculum book.
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    Thank You Card & $25.00 OFF Gift Voucher

    Receive a special thank you card and a $25.00 voucher in the mail to redeem in any of our cooking classes online or in person.

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    $55.00 OFF Gift Voucher

    Get $55.00 OFF any of our culinary or baking classes. This is the perfect gift to give someone who is on a budget and wants to learn how to cook.

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    Branded Logo Apron & Discount Voucher

    Get early bird access to any of our culinary or baking classes.

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    • 1 Foundry Cookery School logo apron.
    • 1 Recipe card from the Chef & Founder.
    • 50% OFF Voucher for one class.
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    Early Bird Cookery Class Special

    Get early bird access to any of our culinary or baking classes.

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    • $115.00 Class Voucher (Retail Value $145).
    • 1 Recipe card from the Chef & Founder.
    • 50% OFF Voucher for one class.
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    Friends & Family Soft Opening Party

    Join Foundry Cookery School at our location in San Francisco, CA to celebrate the opening of the cooking school. You will be notified via email or phone when we officially open.

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    • 1 Ticket to our Friends and Family Soft Opening Party.
    • Beers, Wines, Cocktails, and Canapés at the soft opening party.
    • 1 Recipe card from the Chef & Founder.
    • 20% OFF Voucher for one class.
    • 1 Foundry Cookery School logo apron.
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    The Black Cast Iron Card

    Get the early bird price on The Black Cast Iron membership card will get you 10% discount on all scheduled cooking classes for 1 year. (Retail Value $250.00).

    Includes:
    • $200.00 Early Bird (The Black Cast Iron) Membership Card.
    • Priority email notification before classes are made public.
    • 1 Recipe card from the Chef & Founder.
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    Signature Blue Cast Iron Card

    Get the early bird price on the Signature Blue Cast Iron membership card that will get you 25% discount on all scheduled cooking classes, monthly supper club, and bootcamp classes for 1 year. (Retail Value $350.00).

    Includes:
    • $300 Early Bird (Signature Blue Cast Iron) Membership Card.
    • Priority email notification before classes are made public.
    • 1 Recipe card from the Chef & Founder.
    • 1 Foundry Cookery School logo apron.
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    Four Class Gift Vouchers

    Receive 4 class vouchers to take any of our scheduled cooking classes for no additional cost.

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    • 4 Class Vouchers (Retail Value $660.00).
    • 1 Recipe card from the Chef & Founder.
    • 1 Foundry Cookery School logo apron.
    • 20% OFF Voucher for one class.
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    Six Class Gift Vouchers

    Receive 6 class vouchers to take any of our scheduled cooking classes for no additional cost.

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    • 6 Class Vouchers (Retail Value $990.00).
    • 1 Recipe card from the Chef & Founder.
    • 1 Foundry Cookery School logo apron.
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    10 Class Gift Vouchers

    Receive 10 class vouchers in the mail to take any of our scheduled cooking classes for no additional cost.

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    • 10 Class Vouchers (Retail Price $1,650).
    • 1 Recipe card from the Chef & Founder.
    • 2 Tickets to our Friends and Family Soft Opening Party.
    • Beers, Wines, Cocktails, and Canapés at the soft opening party.
    • 1 Foundry Cookery School logo apron.
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    What a Deal!

    Receive 16 class vouchers in the mail to take any of our scheduled cooking classes for no additional cost. Plus additional perks.

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    • 16 Class Vouchers (Retail Value $2,640.00).
    • Recipe card from the Chef & Founder every quarter for 1 year.
    • $200.00 Early Bird (The Black Cast Iron) Membership Card.
    • 2 Tickets to our Friends and Family Soft Opening Party.
    • Beers, Wines, Cocktails, and Canapés at the soft opening party.
    • 1 Foundry Cookery School logo apron.
    • 20% OFF Voucher for one class.
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    VIP Guest

    Receive 20 class vouchers in the mail to take any of our scheduled cooking classes for no additional cost. You may use your vouchers to bring a friend or family with you. Plus additional perks below.

    Includes:
    • 20 Class Vouchers (Retail Value $3,300.00).
    • Recipe card from the Chef & Founder every quarter for 1 year.
    • $300 Early Bird (Signature Blue Cast Iron) Membership Card.
    • Priority email notification before classes are made public.
    • 2 Tickets to our Friends and Family Soft Opening Party.
    • Beers, Wines, Cocktails, and Canapés at the soft opening party.
    • 1 Foundry Cookery School logo apron.
    • 20% OFF Voucher for one class.
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    Dinner Party at Foundry Cookery School

    Take over Foundry Cookery School by inviting your friends and family for a dinner party celebration at the Foundry Cookery School with a 3 course menu for up to 25 guests.

    Includes:
    • Personalized 3 Course Menu.
    • Wine and Beer for your guests for the first 2 hours.
    • Recipe card from the Chef & Founder every quarter for 1 year.
    • $200.00 Early Bird (The Black Cast Iron) Membership Card.
    • Priority email notification before classes are made public.
    • 2 Tickets to our Friends and Family Soft Opening Party.
    • Beers, Wines, Cocktails, and Canapés at the soft opening party.
    • 1 Foundry Cookery School logo apron.
    • One $100 Discount Voucher towards any cooking class.
    • Have your name published on website and curriculum book.
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    Wedding Celebration on a Budget

    Are you on a budget for a wedding celebration? Celebrate your wedding at the Foundry Cookery School for up 45 guests and let our chefs prepare everything for you on your BIG DAY.

    Includes:
    • Personalized 3 Course Menu.
    • 4 Varieties of pass hors d’oeuvres.
    • 2 Tier wedding cake (Flavor of your choice).
    • Sample tasting menu (Before the Big Day)
    • Champagne Toast.
    • Tables, chairs, flatware, and cutlery provided.
    • Servers and bartenders provided.
    • 4 Class Vouchers (Retail Value $660.00).
    • Recipe card from the Chef & Founder every quarter for 1 year.
    • 2 Tickets to our Friends and Family Soft Opening Party.
    • Wine and Beer for your guests for the first 2 hours.
    • 2 Foundry Cookery School logo aprons.
    • One $100 Discount Voucher towards any cooking class.
    • Have your name published on website and curriculum book.
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Funding period

- (30 days)