New culinary lab in Beaufort County to train new chefs

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The Beaufort County Community College cut the ribbon on their brand new restaurant-grade culinary lab Friday.

The opening comes after four years of planning as well as community and private partner donations.

The kitchen is named after the Roberson family, a main contributor to the lab’s opening.

Beaufort County Community College president Barbra Tansey said the idea arose when local restaurants wanted a training program to help hire qualified people.

“At least they’ll have the comfort level of walking into a kitchen knowing how to behave, knowing what the equipment looks like and knowing how the food is supposed to look like,” said Paul Cyr, culinary instructor at the college.

While in the program, students will learn how to work in a kitchen, basic knife skills, food identification and fundamental cooking techniques.

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