The Teaching Kitchen at Student Health and Wellness is home to the Hoo’s Cooking nutrition education and culinary skills classes.
Our mission is to help students:
- build skills and knowledge in food preparation, budgeting, and nutrition
- support health
- honor culture
- promote sustainability and equity
- build community
- foster joy and confidence in cooking
Hoo’s Cooking hands-on cooking classes are led by students, dietetic interns, registered dietitians, professional chefs and/or special guests. If you have questions, please email our team!
- Individual Sign-Up Classes
Individual sign-up classes are open to all UVA students.
- Each class features step by step guidance in preparing a delicious, cost-effective, nutritious, easy-to-make meal and finishes with eating together.
- This is the class for you if you would like to cook with new people, learn a new recipe, and/or work on your general cooking skills and food knowledge.
Classes are held on Thursday evenings from 5 - 6:30pm and feature a new menu every week.
- Check out the Class Calendar to see what we’re cooking, when. Click on a class within the calendar to access the sign-up link and to view menu descriptions, which include information about dietary features and allergens.
- New classes are posted and available for sign-up at the beginning of each month.
Pre-registration is required for all of our classes.
- A $5 registration fee is requested to cover the cost of food and supplies. This fee is non-refundable and can be paid during the registration process. If finances are a concern, our Food Security Fund allows ALL to participate, regardless of ability to pay.
- Classes are capped at 15 participants. You will receive either a confirmation or waitlist notice once you complete registration.
- Check out our Teaching Kitchen FAQs for more information.
- Group Classes
Group cooking classes are for any group of students who want the opportunity to cook together! Classes can be arranged for University clubs, academic departments, teams, and Residence Hall floors and groups. You can also request a class for a group of friends!
Request a Group Class
- Group classes will be available during Monday afternoon timeslots every week and occasionally at other days/times by special arrangement.
- Everything is provided in the Teaching Kitchen. You only need to bring yourself! All experience levels welcome and encouraged to participate.
- All tasks are important and critical to have a delicious final product! These classes could be taught by peers, dietetic interns, registered dietitians, professional chefs, and/or special guests.
- There are a maxiumum of 15 participants and a minimum of 5 participants per group class. Requests must be received at least 2 weeks in advance of when you’d like to host a class.
- You can either pick a standard menu ($5 per/person) or we can work with you to design a menu ($10/per person) that is aligned with your group's goals. To design a menu, please email our team.
- Student Groups/CIOs/Friend Groups: $5 per participant for a standard menu; $10 per participant for a custom menu. Payment is made through online link, individual participants can use credit/debit cards. Fees are non-refundable.
- Academic Classes and University Departments: $200 per class. Payment can be made via PTAO. Once your class date is confirmed, you will receive an email with a link for a payment form.
* Please note, our Food Security Fund allows all participants to participate regardless of ability to pay.
- Get Involved
- Volunteers assist in keeping cooking classes running smoothly, from prep to wrap-up. Shifts last 3 hours and include a FREE meal.
- Spring 2022: Volunteer description and application information
- Contact Melanie Brede, Teaching Kitchen Director, to share your interest and contact info.
Complete a practicum or internship as a Teaching Kitchen Assistant:
- Practicum or internship experiences last 1 semester with the option to repeat
- Spring 2022: Practicum description and application information
- 10 hours per week required, eligibility is determined by your academic department.
- Questions? Contact Melanie Brede, Teaching Kitchen Director.
- Skills and Safety
Check out these kitchen and food preparation skills and safety videos, part of our Hoo's Cooking series: