Since 2009, Heat of the Kitchen has helped hundreds of youth realize their amazing value through active, professional practice.

Our Mission

Our mission is to re-engage and mentor transitional aged youth through the

communal acts of cooking, eating and serving together.

Our Vision

Our vision is to nurture youth throughout San Francisco into confident, caring professionals by providing positive, real work experiences in our kitchens and gardens.

Cooking Together Again

After many transitions, it feels great to be cooking again in person with students.  We still host a weekly meal where students can practice their professionalism through our favorite activities: planning, preparing, plating, serving, enjoying and yes, cleaning up together. 

Think about it. We all love to eat, cooking together unites us. And we use all of our senses when we cook which makes the learning lasts long after the dishes are done.

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Back in the garden with our students

School gardens need a lot of attention, and our summer garden interns now help keep it all growing instead of having to start over every fall.


Each year has had a slightly different focus, but the rewards still produce better connections, a deep sense of accomplishment and deliciousness every time.


Thank you 2022

  We’ve always loved any long table opportunity, which means we often end up connecting our cooking tables into a long dining table on many

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