Kitchen Connection is an online community where chefs and lay food lovers can host or participate in live, online and interactive cooking classes.
We focus on one country every month, and in the coming year, we are focusing on countries that are the focus of the UN Together Campaign, with specific attention drawn to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In addition to our online program, we normally host an event at Whole Foods, educational institutions and most recently, at the United Nations, where we stream our hosts to/from our platform. Here are some examples of our events: Israel & Palestine, and Greek Month , Peru Month — both with the Greek and Peruvian trade commissioners/consuls in attendance, and at the French Embassy, where we hosted students to learn French through an interactive online cooking experience.
We operate on two pillars:
1. Live in a Hunger-Free World: The hosts of the classes (connections) can be paid, or choose to donate some or all of the funds from the class to the partner charity, Action Against Hunger and most recently, Whole Food's Whole Planet Foundation, promoting our core value: “I’m Eating — You’re Eating — And Because We’re Eating Together, Someone Else is Eating, Too”
2. Promote “Gastrodiplomacy” : in the overarching climate of cultural misunderstandings and misrepresentations, Kitchen Connection is combating this by connecting people to learn about each from each other through an online, interactive cooking experience that opens up deeper conversation.
What inspired Kitchen Connection? Check out our ‘Founding Story Video’ and complementary Blog, about how a trip to Ghana inspired us
Basically, you create a profile, share your food knowledge via link/picture updates, and communicate with the most expansive online food community in the world via chat or live video session by which you can share a topic to talk about or a recipe to teach with up to 5 other users. Current topics include be ‘How to Feed Your Children Healthy Food and Keep them Happy’ or ‘What is Tahitian Food?’ Relevant recipes include: How to Make Couscous’ Check out our ’How it Works Video’ and our landing page for more info.More
“I’m eating –You’re eating — and because We’re eating together, Someone else is eating too.”