How to host the learning Kitchen

TYPICAL HOST SITES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Schools, especially where at least 50% of students qualify for free or reduced price meals

  • Low income family housing sites

  • After-school programs targeted to low income youth

  • Parent-child centers

  • Health and community centers

  • Other centers or programs that target low-income youth, young adults, or adults

EACH SUCCESSFUL SERIES REQUIRES SEVERAL ROLES TO BE FILLED:

THE HOST COORDINATOR is the primary contact person for the series. Responsibilities of the Host Coordinator include:

  • Generating enthusiasm in the community for The Learning Kitchen!

  • Recruiting and coordinating instructors and supporters

  • Recruiting participants

  • Identifying a suitable location

  • Arranging for the purchase of groceries for in-class cooking activities

  • Attending each lesson

THE NUTRITION EDUCATOR is responsible for delivering the program curriculum to participants. The Nutrition Educator should be well-versed in health and nutrition and capable of effectively teaching a group of participants.

THE CHEF is responsible for leading participants through the cooking portion of the curriculum.The chef does not need to be a professional, but professional chefs enhance the program quality. Chefs should provide tips, techniques and safety information in addition to guiding participants through the creation of the lesson recipes. The Chef needs to feel comfortable leading a group of participants in the kitchen.

Time commitment: Each TLK class lasts approximately 2-2 1/2 hours.  Additional prep time outside of class varies, but will typically require at least an extra hour or more.  Instructors should expect to commit a minimum of 3 1/2 hours each week for 6 weeks.  Host responsibilities may require even more time, depending on how much support is available.