Welcome to The Cookery, Your Local Culinary Incubator.

     Certified Kitchen Space for Rent by the Hour 24/7


About The Cookery

The Cookery features a state of the art commercial food production facility and incubation program, in addition to a beautiful event space called the Front Room.

Through our commercial kitchen, we aim to provide the tools, both intellectual and practical, entrepreneurs need to launch a lasting and successful culinary venture. Whether you aim to cater events or create a line of wholesale products, as a Cookery member, you can rent the production facility to launch your business!

Starting a food business can be daunting. We are here to foster creative culinary minds as they set out to become the next big thing on the local food scene. Using the tools a Cookery membership offers, you have everything you need to make your culinary business a success.

In addition to offering services to local food entrepreneurs, we host a variety of events, for both public and private purposes. The Cookery was founded on the belief that local producers can not only feed their community, but are the driving force behind culinary ingenuity and new food movements. Our community, the Triangle, is fortunately chock-full of innovative thinkers and food-focused entrepreneurs.  The Front Room prompts Triangle residents to participate in The Cookery’s celebration of culinary talent in a community events space connected to our kitchen facility. This unique event space is available to rent for private dinners, wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners, daytime meetings, and more. 



About The Owners

After identifying a need for commercial kitchen access for food entrepreneurs in Durham, Nick Hawthorne-Johnson, a licensed contractor and co-owner of Bull City Restoration, decided to breathe new life into what once was the Durham Food Co-op building in 2011.  The kitchen concept quickly transformed, and Rochelle Johnson, an artist turned entrepreneur, resigned from her graphic design and marketing business, Row Design Studios, to dedicate her career to The Cookery.

Utilizing Nick’s entrepreneurial instincts and an “anything is possible” attitude, as well as Rochelle’s marketing and design talents to craft a recognizable and cohesive brand, this husband and wife partnership built a culinary incubator that uses the collaboration of many businesses to create new experiences and products that revolve around food.

The Cookery is now considered the Triangle’s culinary hub - in addition to providing commercial kitchen space for rent by the hour, it offers small food business consultation to countless member businesses, and a beautiful event space, the Front Room.

The unveiling of the Front Room marks the expansion of this already thriving incubator, and offers limitless possibilities for the local food scene and the exploration of new culinary concepts.  Fortunately for the Johnsons, The Cookery is located in a community where locally produced products are celebrated, and the story behind the dish is a valued aspect of the eating experience!

Read more about the Johnsons' other ventures and partnerships on their hospitality group website, www.thecastirongroup.com.

Portrait by D.L. Anderson

Read more about the Johnsons and the inception of The Cookery in the News & Observer article, The Cookery becomes transformative venture in West Durham.

Damien Maass' The Story Behind The Story about The Cookery (5:27 minutes):

Nick and Rochelle's Creative Mornings talk about Bravery at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh (46:32 minutes):


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