Season Two 2013: Blank Plate Class Three: Freestyling Visionaries

We rolled up our sleeves and started cooking today!

We had three different groups of students each learning how to properly cook and freestyle a recipe made with one of the following starches: potatoes, rice, and pasta Each of which are a historically a huge success among dinner guests at No Beef weekly events.

Chef Kelston taught us how to properly hold a knife as we practiced our skills on onions. Looking into the future for our final event, we created vision boards to start brainstorming what we want this event to look like. Our vision was crafted around question: “if Hunt’s Point had a restaurant, how would you want it to be?” Here's some of the answers via some awesome student visuals!

Today was fun, I cut myself a little bit though. I cooked some roasted peppers open on the stove. I cooked potatoes, too. And I had a vision of my sports bar.
— Leo
Blank Plate students create their visions for a local restaurant.

Blank Plate students create their visions for a local restaurant.

This was my first day in cooking class. It was fun to share with so many beautiful people. I learned how to make pasta, different from what I usually make. I also learned how to cut the onions so I don’t cry. Thank you to all for this experience.
— Ana

Blank Plate

Design. Cook. Transform. Blank Plate Project is a creative culinary “design/cook” program, begun in Hunts Point, South Bronx that sparks community development through a combination of design-led imaginative activities and chef-led demonstrations for weekly community dinners, or culminating in a community event. By learning through a design sensibility, applied personal experiences, and industry-relevant culinary skills, students develop the creative capital, neighborhood stewardship, and food justice advocacy skills necessary for their own success and for the future of their community. Over the course of each Blank Plate workshop, students learn creative culinary skills and plan a final dinner event of their own imagination. Blank Plate is a different kind of cooking class. Together, we design, cook, and transform.