The face of the culinary arts world has changed. Chefs have become household names, cooking shows are taking television by storm, and new and exotic restaurants are replacing the old and mundane. This change has made becoming a chef, a career that was once considered undesirable, one of the fastest growing professions in the nation. The new Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College is a reflection of this change. The 39,000-square-foot building is educating a record-breaking number of students in a world-class, food-inspired environment. With more than 16,000 square feet of instructional and service space, the new facility gives students and professors access to the most advanced kitchen equipment available. Opening its doors in November 2009, the new facility is six times larger than the school’s previous home and has led to an enrollment increase of more than 30%.
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