About the Program

Start From Scratch was originally debuted under the name ‘Kick The KD‘ in November of 2010. In an effort to inform post-secondary students on the ease of preparing a quality, home-cooked meal, Dan Clapson partnered with Calgary Co-op to bring this free cooking program to life. When the initial course took place it accepted fifteen University of Calgary students who were in need to some inspiration in the kitchen. The hands-on cooking approach to this class ensured an interactive and invested learning experience.

After the program finished it’s first run, it was obvious that the experience had been effective, not only to the fifteen students involved, but also in creating awareness of the benefits of cooking from scratch.┬áNow, Start From Scratch has been expanded to include Mount Royal University and SAIT students as well.

In 2012, the program expanded to Saskatoon, where it is taught at a cooking space on the University of Saskatchewan campus by local chef, Thomas Brown. It is Dan’s hope that the program will continue to flourish over the years throughout Western Canada.

If you have any questions or comments about Start From Scratch, feel free to send us an email: info@startfromscratch.ca