Florida Technical College’s International School of Culinary Arts, a local provider of culinary training and education and the official culinary school of the Miami Dolphins football team, recently unveiled its new commercial-grade kitchen at its Kissimmee campus.
The expansion is part of the culinary school transformational growth plan, which includes the creation of a sustainable herb garden and a dual-admissions transfer agreement with NUC University International School of Culinary Arts in Puerto Rico. It is also key in establishing a pipeline of highly qualified talent for Florida’s hospitality industry.
“FTC has grown tremendously since we opened our Kissimmee campus in 2011, but our commitment to our students’ success remains the same as when we first started,” said FTC President Dr. James Michael Burkett. “As we celebrate our 10-year anniversary, this new kitchen continues to propel FTC’s commitment to academic excellence by enhancing our students’ experience and ensuring they are industry-ready on day one of their career.”
FTC has campuses throughout Florida; at the Kissimmee campus, around 90 percent of the student population is from a minority background. It offers a culinary arts program and a baking program fully taught in Spanish, launched after Hurricane Maria brought a wave of Puerto Ricans to the area.
The high-tech facilities, with a capacity for 24 students, immerses hospitality trainees in an experiential and modern hands-on education. Wired to broadcast and receive culinary instruction and demonstration, the studio is multipurpose, ranging from serving as a classroom for regular class instruction – where students are able to see firsthand how professors prepare and cook food – to hosting guest speakers, continuing education and industry presentations. The culinary arts new kitchen investment exceeded $1 million.
The FTC International Culinary Arts School occupies nearly 14,300 square feet of the 90,000…