Media Advisory - Culinary Arts Centre at Centennial College opens its doors on February 13

TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - With curried chicken, stir-fry vegetables and naan on more menus these days, Canadian meals are starting to look very adventurous. To help meet the demand for food preparers trained in international cuisine, Centennial College is formally opening its new Culinary Arts Centre at the Progress Campus on Wednesday with "Spice Goddess" Bal Arneson as the college's special guest.

The college's $3.5 million renovation, which has established two large professional kitchens and a bakeshop lab totaling 7,600 square feet, promises to instill future cooks and chefs with a great appreciation for foods from Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, South Asia and the Americas.

"Centennial's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture worked with employers and members of its program advisory committees to ensure the Culinary Arts Centre's concept, design and equipment will meet the current and future needs of a rapidly changing industry," says Shyam Ranganathan, Dean of Centennial's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture.

The Culinary Arts Centre is a great teaching and learning facility designed with students in mind. The kitchens are spacious and well-lit to ensure the safety of all users working in what is a busy and creative environment. In addition to traditional grilles and deep fryers, students will make use of a Tandoori oven, wok line, combi ovens, a brick-lined pizza oven, a smoker, baker's ovens and magnetic induction cookers - all state-of-the-art equipment found in the best professional kitchens.

The teaching is hands-on in the Culinary Arts Centre, with students working side by side with instructors. Classes making use of large-screen video equipment to document and play back instructive lessons. The audio-visual system allows for real-time feeds and access to Internet and broadcast content, as well.

Members of the media are cordially invited to tour the facilities on Wednesday.

Photo Opportunity
Wednesday, February 13, 4 pm to 7 pm
"Spice Goddess" Bal Arneson and special guests
Culinary Arts Centre, Centennial College
940 Progress Avenue, Scarborough


SOURCE: Centennial College

For further information:

Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications Officer, Centennial College, 416-289-5000, ext. 7142; cell 416-605-6012/

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