Our Story

in-home cooking party with tall, well-outfitted clients

Jennifer Clair (center) with chef-instructors John Scoff (far left) and Sarah Huck. Flanked by 2 enthusiastic students.

Home Cooking New York (HCNY) was founded in May 2002, shortly after founder Jennifer Clair was downsized from her Food Editor position at Martha Stewart Living. After years of writing cookbooks, recipes, and food editorials, the opportunity to come together with eager culinary students in a kitchen classroom seemed like the next logical step. Back then, Jennifer was the sole chef-instructor, teaching nightly private cooking classes in students’ home kitchens all over New York City. Over the last 15 years, the company has grown to include 5 outstanding chef-instructors (meet them all here!), all ready to be dispatched into the home kitchens of the (reasonably-distanced) tri-state area.

In 2009, HCNY opened its first brick-and-mortar cooking school in Manhattan in the back kitchen of the Inn on 23rd Street in Chelsea (home of The New School’s former culinary arts program). Two years later, after the Inn decided to open a restaurant in that kitchen, so HCNY began its 3-year nomadic phase, moving from one shared kitchen to another, in order to keep the school running. Then, after 11 years in business, Home Cooking New York finally dove into the NYC commercial real estate market and built the teaching kitchen of our dreams. After an 8-month search, we found just what we were looking for right on the edge of SoHo and Chinatown, at 158 Grand Street. It is where you will find us today.

HCNY’s offer both private classes in your home and public classes at our Grand Street kitchen. Our classes range from the basic cooking techniques (Culinary Boot Camp for Everyone, Six Basic Cooking Techniques, Quick & Delicious Dinners, How to Cook Fish) to cuisine-focused favorites (Indian, Thai, Korean, French Bistro, Middle Eastern, Northern Italian). Each 2 ½ hour class is centered around the preparation of a complete meal and culminates in a full sit-down dinner to enjoy in the intimacy of your home or surrounded by your fellow students our school.