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The Cooking Room

January 15, 2012  • 

The Cooking Room is an elementary school program whose goal is to promote food literacy to kindergarten through 5th grade students.

Operating through a dedicated kitchen classroom at P.S. 3 in the West Village neighborhood in New York City, teachers and volunteer professional chefs and chef-instructors educate kids in grade-appropriate food lessons that incorporate science, math, reading and nutrition. The goal of the program is to organically integrate food education into the curriculum standards of the school, and to serve as a model for other schools.

The Cooking Room experience teaches children about food, cooking and taste. The practical application of those skills in a fun, stand-alone kitchen classroom bolsters their academic core-standards. Spearheaded by Cooking Room co-founder, chef/owner of Fatty Crab and Fatty ‘Cue restaurants Zak Pelaccio, the program is continuing its pilot with nine classes participating in the 2011-2012 school year.

Learn more about The Cooking Room and how you can bring a similar program to your school!