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Teaching Kitchen

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

 

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Individual Sign-Up Classes

Individual sign-up classes are open to all UVA students, faculty and staff

  • 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 - 6:30 p.m. 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.

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Pre-registration is required for all of our classes.

  • A $10 registration charge is requested to help cover the cost of food, staffing and facility utilization. This charge is non-refundable and can be paid via credit / debit card during the registration process. We also have a Food Security Fund, which enables us to welcome ALL students to participate in cooking classes, regardless of ability to pay. Participants simply elect this option during the registration process. 
  • Classes are capped at 17 participants. You will receive either a confirmation or waitlist notice once you complete registration.
  • Check out our Teaching Kitchen FAQs for more information.

 

Group Cooking Classes

Group cooking classes can be arranged for any group of students to cook together!

  • Eligible Student Groups include clubs/CIOs, teams, sororities/fraternities, etc. You can also request a class for a group of friends.
  • Housing and Residence Life supports community building for RAs and their residents with specially designated Hoo’s Cooking with HRL classes on the Second Tuesday of each month. Look to the HRL Connect2Grounds Second Year Newsletter for fresh menus and sign-up links each month.. 
  • UVA-Sponsored Groups, including academic schools, departments, class councils and special status ODOS-affiliated organizations can sponsor a cooking class to support their students’ well-being and promote connection and belonging.

Group classes are scheduled by request. Available time-slots include:

  • Mondays, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Occasionally other days/times by special arrangement.
  • Requests must be received at least 2 weeks in advance of when you would like to host a class.
  • Classes require a minimum of 8 participants and have a max capacity of 17. Please review our policies for group cooking classes before submitting your request.

Menu Selection 

  • Cooking classes are taught by Teaching Kitchen student staff, dietetic interns, registered dietitians, professional chefs, and/or special guests. 
  • Everything is provided in the Teaching Kitchen, and all experience levels are welcome.
  • Choose from our curated selection of standard menu options, featuring a variety of cuisines, lifestyles, and culinary skills.

Cost (for standard menu options): Included in the cost for all cooking classes are food and supplies, staffing and facility utilization expenses.

  • Student Groups: $10 per participant*. 
    • When individual group members self-pay, they elect to do so via credit / debit card through an online link in the class registration form
    • *Our Food Security Fund (FSF) enables us to welcome ALL students to participate in cooking classes, regardless of ability to pay. Participants simply elect this option during the registration process. 
    • Student groups may elect to pay on behalf of their members for $170 total
    • Charges are non-refundable 
  • UVA-Sponsored Groups: $330 per class.**
    • Payment can be made via Worktags. Once your class date is confirmed, you will receive an email with a link for a payment form.
    • Charges are non-refundable.**

For groups seeking menu customization or curriculum development support, additional charges apply. Email our team to discuss planning and pricing.

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**Charges are non-refundable. If your class must be cancelled due to low enrollment, any charges paid will be contributed to our Food Security Fund.
UVA Academic Classes

Course instructors can collaborate with the Teaching Kitchen to develop hands-on cooking classes that align with their curriculum. 

  • Examples: Science of Cooking with Materials Science and Engineering; French and Latin with the Summer Language Institute; Chemistry, Culture, and Cuisine with Chemistry; Africulture with African American and African Studies
Requirements/logistics:
  • Class Capacity:
    • On average, up to 20 students per class session can participate live in the Teaching Kitchen.
    • Classes may also be recorded and/or live streamed to accommodate additional participants.
  • Scheduling is done by request.
    • Contact the Teaching Kitchen as early as possible in your course planning to check date/time availability and review our policies for academic cooking classes before submitting your request.
    • In addition to the scheduled course time, all classes require 1 hour of prep and 30 minutes of clean-up
    • Please note: Thursdays 4:00-7:30 pm are generally not available during fall and spring semesters due to our regularly scheduled programming.  
  • Menu.
    • First, pitch us your ideas! We’ll then offer expert guidance to help you select and adapt recipes as needed.
  • Staffing
    • Teaching Kitchen support staff presence is required.
    • Our trained and knowledgeable staff will be on-site to support you in setting up equipment and ingredients before class, assist your students during class, and ensure a safe and clean experience for all throughout your time in the Teaching Kitchen.
  • Groceries, supplies, and equipment
    • The TK is well-stocked with standard appliances, dishes, and ingredients. We can even take care of the grocery shopping for you!
Cost
  • $350 per 1-2 hour class session
    • Includes food and supplies*, facility utilization, full staffing**, and program support
    • *Discount may be available for classes providing their own food and supplies
    • **Series classes that provide staffing support through Teaching Assistants who complete TK training may be eligible for staffing discount
    • Class instruction will be done by you, the course instructor. Additional curriculum development and instruction support may be available for an additional charge.

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Get Involved

The Teaching Kitchen is a great place to work!

Participating in at least 1 Hoo's Cooking Class is a pre-requisite for Teaching Kitchen Employment

Teaching Kitchen Assistants help keep cooking classes running smoothly, from prep to clean up.

  • The position requires a time commitment of 3-9 hours per week for fall and/or spring semester(s).
  • One to 3 weekday evening shifts are required weekly and occasional daytime shifts are available. Shifts last 3 hours and include a FREE meal.
  • We are now hiring for summer 2024 and the 2025 academic year.  Apply Here

 

Teaching Kitchen Facilitators lead cooking classes, demonstrating culinary skills and guiding participants in cooking a meal.

  • The position requires a commitment of teaching at least 2 cooking classes per month during the fall and/or spring semester(s).
  • Classes are scheduled on weekday evenings weekly and occasionally weekday daytimes.
  • We are now hiring for summer 2024 and the 2024-2025 academic year. Apply Here

 

The Teaching Kitchen Administrative Assistant helps with the behind-the-scenes logistics of our programming.

  • This position requires 5-10 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.
  • The schedule requires on average 1-2 hours of work each weekday during business hours with flexibility regarding specific hours.
  • Most work will be done via computer and meetings.
  • We are now hiring for summer 2024 and the 2024-2025 academic year. Apply Here

 

Complete a practicum or internship as a Teaching Kitchen Assistant:

 

Skills and Safety 

Check out these kitchen and food preparation skills and safety videos, part of our Hoo's Cooking series: