The Learning Kitchen works to serve the needs of the Eden Community…
…by providing the opportunity to people from all walks of life the ability to improve their practical cooking skills.
Our kitchen provides cooking courses for food bank clients, employment training, and meal production. We also share our commercial kitchen with local organizations.
Food Bank Cooking Courses:
The food bank provides the food needed for today. The Learning Kitchen gives the practical cooking skills and nutritional education that will help food bank participants provide for themselves tomorrow.
Our Kitchen provides multi-week classes for past and present food bank clients as well as for other community groups that work with people who are often marginalized. Classes teach kitchen skills, food preparation and provide the opportunity to learn how to make tasty, nutritious meals on a limited budget.
Groups in the Kitchen:
The kitchen provides cooking classes which help people learn some basic kitchen and food preparation skills. Corporate and community groups are able to participate in one-time cooking classes for groups looking to volunteer. Groups provide a financial donation for food then spend approximately four hours in the kitchen cooking meals, creating portions and then packaging them for distribution through our food bank. One afternoon can often produce enough for 200-300 meals!
This is a great team-building event where you can have fun helping people and improve your kitchen skills. For more information, check out our groups page.
In the summer, Eden Food for Change works with local organizations to provide healthy nutritious lunches to children from low-income neighbourhoods. During this time, our kitchen provides summer employment to people to help provide these meals while also giving them the skills and experience to confidently apply for positions in the food service industry.
Chef Peter Costello runs the kitchen and teaches the classes. Peter trained at Stratford Chef School and previously was chef at Sooke Harbour House and ran the food and beverage operations at Langdon Hall Country House.