Our Mission:

Inspiring marginalized youth in Bangkok through the power of food!

Our Motto:

“Leaders in the kitchen, are leaders in the community.”

We help students who are at risk of:

  1. poverty
  2. malnutrition
  3. poor education


Although Bangkok is a city well known for it’s food, there are still communities where people struggle to feed themselves. Courageous Kitchen’s aim is to fund basic needs, feed the hungry, and educate people so they have the means to lift themselves out of poverty. We currently work with at risk students and their families in a few small communities in Bangkok.

Our programs aim to:

  1. provide skills for future employment opportunities
  2. encourage more nutritious eating and cooking methods 
  3. support students with supplementary education
  4. offer a safe space where children can learn to be leaders, gain self esteem, and have fun


The Origin of Courageous Kitchen and our Fun Philosophy

Courageous Kitchen began in 2009 as a small Bangkok based initiative called In Search of Sanuk which aimed to provide emergency food and housing for children and families most in need. The word ‘sanuk’ is the Thai word meaning fun/enjoyment. We chose that name because we believe every child, regardless of their situation, has the right to have a happy and healthy childhood. We believe fun and learning should come first and that all children should be free from worry and the burdens of poverty and suffering.

The documentary “Urban Refugee: Bangkok” was filmed and produced by Tara Milutis.

Later, in 2014, Dwight and Christy began to cook regularly with a small group of students who had especially poor nutrition and self-esteem. The response to the kitchen project was overwhelmingly positive. Soon after In Search of Sanuk came to be better known for our activities in the kitchen, and in late 2015, the project was registered in the US as tax exempt 501(c)3 under the name Courageous Kitchen Inc.

We still believe fun and learning come first and use the kitchen as a space to create a fun environment where children can learn the life skills needed to be leaders in their communities.