Community Cooks

Piloted in 2016 with an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant and currently funded by The Regional Municipality of York, Community Cooks is about building community by cooking in community to serve the community.

Each week, participants come together under the guidance of Chantal to create seasonal menus that not only showcase our local produce, but also celebrates the cultural diversity found throughout York Region. Participants learn about kitchen safety, food handling, and nutrition, as well as basic cooking skills, preparation and techniques in a relaxed and fun kitchen environment. Dishes are prepared in bulk and portioned out into ready-to-eat meals which are shared within the community.

This program is perfect for those interested in learning about food,  making new friends and becoming better connected in the community.

Community Cooks takes place every Wednesday from 10:30am to 1:30pm at York Region Food Network (350 Industrial Parkway South).

If you’re interested in joining Community Cooks, register by emailing Chantal at

Click here for recipes prepared at YRFN programs

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