The Neighborhood Cooking Foundation
Bringing an hour of dignity and good food to those who find too little of both in their lives
John Platt - Founder/Lead Chef
John is the Chef and Co-Owner of St. Clouds Restaurant located in the neighborhood of Madrona. He has been cooking for the homeless since 2001 bringing his unique home style food to those most in need.
Darren Pritt - Founder/President
Darren, formally of Attachmate Corporation, has been a resident of Madrona since 1993. He is the Associate Head Coach of both the boys and girls tennis teams at Garfield High School. He is also a Board Member and Treasurer of The Friends of Lewis County Animal Shelter.
Eckert White - Lead Chef
Eckert is a Deacon and Cook for the Madrona Presbyterian Church, where he has been a member since 2003. He was formally a black history teacher in Virginia after graduating from the University of Virginia. Upon moving to Seattle, he followed his passion for cooking by completing the Food Services Management Program at Renton Vocational Technical College. While working as a cook in Seattle at various institutions, he continued his education by earning a Masters degree in Theology from Seattle University. He became a licensed minister in 2002. Eckert was instrumental in the creation of the new kitchen at the Madrona Presbyterian Church.