"The Chefs' House" opens to the public this fall at 215 King St. East

    New George Brown College storefront restaurant to offer patrons
    distinctive dining experiences and students leading-edge culinary

    TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ - The George Brown College Chef School, among
Canada's most recognized leaders in culinary arts and hospitality training,
today announced it will open "The Chefs' House", a signature new restaurant on
the southeast corner of King and Frederick streets in Toronto. The restaurant
will be the first of its kind in Canada - fully open to the public with
students training to cook, bake and serve.
    Housed in a 3,200 square foot heritage brownstone, the new restaurant
will serve up one-of-a-kind dining experiences to the city's food lovers while
providing George Brown Chef School students with the latest in real-world
culinary training.
    The Chefs' House will be an urban culinary retreat; a contemporary space
that will be used to profile and celebrate the bounty of locally grown food
products and pay homage to the international cuisine that influences Toronto's
culinary scene. The 70-seat space will offer daily lunch and dinner menus;
food and wine workshops; special events space and programming, and a series of
culinary excellence awards and educational programs.
    For students, The Chefs' House will offer Canada's very first fully
integrated culinary management program with direct public interaction, along
with advanced culinary and food and beverage programs. Culinary students will
be front and centre in The Chefs' House, with a large, open-concept kitchen
anchoring the 70-seat dining room and bar area. A private dining room, with a
capacity for parties of up 16 guests, will be located in the restaurant's
lower level.
    "We have always felt that training in a public-facing restaurant, serving
paying customers, is necessary to developing graduates of unparalleled
quality, excellence and workplace readiness," said John Walker, Dean with the
George Brown Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts. "With the opening of The
Chefs' House we have taken the back of the house to the front, raising the bar
higher by introducing advanced real-world learning - George Brown's distinct
philosophy of challenging students by placing them in the middle of the
    In addition to its role as a public restaurant and learning centre,
George Brown College's Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, in an
alliance with the Ontario Hostelry Institute (OHI) will also use the facility
to house the Culinary Foundation for Chefs. Through its programming, which
will include the nation's premier awards program for culinary professionals,
educational partnerships with leaders in the hospitality industry and a series
of publications to help raise awareness of the Foundations initiatives, the
Foundation will promote excellence in the culinary arts and the Canadian
hospitality sector.
    J. Charles Grieco, Chair and President of the OHI, said, "the OHI
welcomed the invitation and opportunity to house the culinary activities of
our Culinary Foundation for Chefs at the Chefs House, as we work together to
applaud and celebrate our national and international culinary masters and the
growing numbers of rising star Ontario and Canadian Chefs. This focused
alliance will provide the opportunity to pay tribute to and showcase such
Chefs and their creations and their interpretative use of the best of our fine
local and Canadian grown and produced bounty of foods and our VQA Ontario and
Canadian wines and their provenance, while recreating their exciting dining
experiences that are garnering wider and wider critical acclaim."
    George Brown College's Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is home
of The George Brown Chef School, among Canada's most recognized leaders in
culinary arts and hospitality training. The School has a long track record
graduating top talent and emerging stars serving in restaurants, hotels,
convention centres, pastry shops and kitchens around the world, and has
produced many of the country's top chefs including Jamie Kennedy, Mark McEwan,
Vicki Cheng, James Olberg, Bonnie Stern and Christine Cushing.

    About George Brown College

    With nine out of 10 graduates getting jobs within six months of
graduation, Toronto's George Brown College has established a reputation for
equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to
pursue the careers of their choice. From its three main campuses located
across the downtown core, George Brown offers more than 140 programs across a
wide variety of professions. Students can earn diplomas, post-graduate
certificates, industry accreditations, apprenticeships and four-year bachelors
degrees. More than 20,000 students attend the College (full-time equivalent)
with 60,000 registered with the George Brown College School of Continuing
Education. For more information, please visit www.georgebrown.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Paul Zanettos, Media Relations Consultant,
George Brown College, (416) 415-5000 x3428, pzanetto@georgebrown.ca

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