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Charleston-based nonprofit Amor Healing Kitchen has announced the lineup for its “Guest Chef Cooking Class Series,” which started Monday night when Mansueta’s owner Nikko Cagalanan taught participants how to make a Filipino dish called “arroz caldo” over Zoom.

The classes take place each month through May, and a portion of the $30 registration fee will go toward Amor Healing Kitchen’s mission to provide locals facing serious health challenges nutritious meals cooked by volunteer teen chefs.

“We love to inspire people with food and empower them to take charge of what they nourish their bodies with,” said Amor Healing Kitchen founder and executive director Maria Kelly in a press release. “Our Community Classes allow access to cooking classes regardless of income level, while our Guest Chef Series provides a fundraising opportunity to bring healing meals to Charleston residents with severe health issues.”

The “Community Classes” Kelly referenced are led by Amor culinary director Justin Booher on the third Monday of each month starting on Feb. 15. For both classes, participants will receive recipes the week prior to class so they have time to purchase ingredients. 

The classes are part of Amor’s “Plant Powered Education Initiative,” which aims to “increase education as to the benefits of whole plant-based foods while inspiring people to get in the kitchen and learn how to cook using simple techniques and seasonal and affordable ingredients.” 

The following chefs will also participate in the guest chef series: Basic Kitchen’s Charlie Layton (March), Edmund’s Oast’s Heather Hutton (April), holistic food practitioner WiBi Ashley (April) and Red Clay’s Geoff Rhyne (May).

For more information or to register for a class, visit

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