Cooking Brooklyn started as a mobile kids cooking class and has grown into a community of food-lovers - both young and grown - who come together to learn, share, cook and eat.
We've spent years developing a kids-focused culinary program designed to safely instruct and inspire young chefs to be fearless in the kitchen. Learning to cook is not only fun for kids, it helps children to learn about nutrition and healthy eating, instilling in them skills to last them a lifetime. Cooking can also boost a child’s self esteem. In the kitchen, they are accomplishing a task, learning something important, and contributing to the family. They are also learning to be part of a team and making life-long friends.
Studies also show that eating the right diet can reduce the symptoms of neurobehavioral disorders such as ADHD. However, getting a child with ADHD or Asperger syndrome (ASD) to eat properly can be a challenge. Teaching children to cook is a good way to teach them about healthy foods and open up their palates to new experiences. We want to teach all kids how to cook - and their parents, too.
The goal at Cooking Brooklyn Creative Kitchen (permanent name still pending ) is to create a safe place for all to learn, experiment, have fun and cook. We will work on a kitchen garden, develop menus, and reinforce subjects like science, language, math and creativity - all while cooking! Turning cooking into a sensory building activity is a good way to engage a child with ADHD or Asperger’s syndrome, also. We've got a great team waiting to get these kids in the kitchen that includes industry pros, teachers, artists and more.
Students come to us to learn the art of scratch cooking and the value of real food. In addition to instruction, we offer nutritional education for parents and families looking to make a change in their lifestyle. Soon to come is a free weekly Mommy & Me class focused on nutritional education and creating real food lunches.
Classes are available in a group or one-on-one setting, also. Kids with ADHD or Asperger's Syndrome can set aside time to explore the kitchen in a more personal setting with a dedicated chef. Got a kid super interested in being on Chopped Jr? We can help! Just want to figure out how to get your kids to stop eating chicken nuggets and taste a vegetable? That is what we are here for! Want to learn how to pair food & wine ? We can help!
Please consider helping our dream of a permanent space become a reality ! And be sure to join us in the kitchen soon- dinner is on us!
What You're Funding
We need your help to cover the costs of getting set up physically. We've found some great sponsors to get us started with equipment and have located the perfect neighborhood space. It was a school before so it's perfect for kids - but there are some legal issues with the set up. So, much of the money will be used for legal fees, permits, and securing the proper safety measures are in place. You're also funding jobs! We have a great staff of chefs and teachers waiting to get started and want to pay them well. Working with kids is an important job and those that choose to teach and inspire deserve to be compensated well! Also, supply costs. For our past culinary projects, I paid the cost of food and supplies out of pocket. All our profits went back into paying for kitchen rental spaces and materials for the kids and seeding future projects. Removing the barrier of the upfront cost would allow us more financial freedom, including the ability to buy some things in bulk and buy other things fresh from a local farmer's market - something that was a challenge before.
Risks and challenges
Real estate in Brooklyn is no joke. That is why it's taken us so long to find the perfect location for our studio. Located in the heart of historic Bensonhurst, this space is large enough for up to 20 kids to cook and eat together. We've secured outdoor space to start a garden and even have a lounge that we will set up as a mock restaurant for the kids to image in.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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