Non-profit Co-operative Kitchen & Culinary Incubator
The Kitchen Collective
When it comes to food, Hamilton is in the midst of a revolution! New restaurants, mobile food carts and trucks, and fantastic culinary events are popping up all over and helping to make this city a great place to be. Many new chefs, bakers, and food artisans are looking for ways to launch their businesses in the Hammer, but starting up is still a daunting challenge for any entrepreneur. Food prepared for sale is required to be made in a Public Health approved kitchen, the renting of which can be very expensive and hard to obtain, and the red tape at City Hall can be difficult to navigate.
That is where The Kitchen Collective comes in. We are a non-profit, affordable commercial kitchen and culinary incubator designed to give aspiring entrepreneurs a boost in the industry as well as a collaborative space in which to launch their business and learn from each other. As a co-operative, the Collective is owned and operated by its members, ensuring that the services provided are always in line with the needs of the membership. To learn more about co-operative organizations in Ontario, visit www.ontario.coop.
The Kitchen Collective not only helps put amazing and delicious food into the hands of Hamiltonians, but creates new jobs, helps launch new and exciting culinary businesses, and assists in helping those businesses grow and connect to the Hamilton community.
The Collective is:
an inspected, approved, and fully-equipped commercial kitchen designed for anyone who works with food, in any stage of their business development or career;
a space where members can experiment, create, collaborate, and share;
a space for starting or expanding food related businesses without the huge expense involved in building and equipping a private commercial kitchen;
a space to host cooking workshops and demonstrations, as well as host temporary ‘pop-up’ retail and food events;
a home base for mobile foods businesses such as trucks and carts to prep their product and manage their business;
- a space where new chefs can practice their craft, develop new dishes, and gain the experience needed before opening their own restaurants.
Interested in joining? Check out our membership levels here.