New culinary arts center set to open at Brunswick Community College

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick Community College will open the “Douglas Terhune Center for Culinary Arts” on their main campus later month.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting will be held on Thursday, October 21.

Plans for a culinary center on the campus of Brunswick Community College have been in place since 2017.

“Since the old Firebird Café was sitting idle on the BCC campus, transforming the space into a center for culinary arts to serve the needs of our students in culinary pathways was a way to make a lasting impact on our community,” Douglas Terhune said. “Brunswick County restaurant owners need all the skilled help they can get, especially with all of our tourists and the growing residential population. The opportunities provided by a culinary program serves our students, residents, and the future growth of Brunswick County.”

“The renovation of the original Brunswick Community College cafeteria into the Douglas Terhune Center for Culinary Arts is critical to meeting the culinary and hospitality workforce needs of our service area,” President of Brunswick Community College Dr. Gene Smith said. “We are grateful for the generous donation to transform our cafeteria kitchen and serving area into a premiere teaching and learning kitchen.”

In addition, the college says the original dining area is now a state-of-the-art meeting, dining and hospitality space that will be utilized for many different needs including for classes and various events.

BCC says the inaugural class consists of students currently working in the food industry locally, who are seeking to hone their skills. The students have been learning everything from stocks and broths, hor d’oeuvres, recipe conversion, sanitation and will start baking and pastries soon.

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