James Beard-nominated Oakland chef Matt Horn, whose popular barbecue spot in West Oakland often draws lines and who opened Kowbird earlier this year, is launching The Academy of Smoke, a program for Bay Area children to learn about “the art of barbecue.”
Horn feels it’s important to pass on the knowledge and joy of barbecuing to the next generation of pittmasters.
“As a small kid, it was important not just for myself, but for other youth as well, to be able to have mentors to help navigate the waters of life and grow into an adult,” Horn said in a statement.
The new program is slated to launch next Spring, and will teach Bay Area youth and children ages 8-12 the “history, craft, and art of barbecue” and fire management and safety, among other things, according to a press release.
The application will be fairly simple: kids will be asked to share one paragraph to one page on why they want to join the program. The program will be free for attendees. More information will be available soon on how to apply. Horn also released a cookbook and is opening a burger spot in Old Oakland.