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Junger Culinary Center Almost Ready for Their Close Up


The new Junger Culinary Center at Central Oregon Community College is a state of the art facility.  Executive Chef and Cascade Culinary Institute Director Gene Fritz says they designed the building with an eye on energy savings: "It's actually earth advantage certifies, which is a new commercial certification. We were a pilot project for Earth Advantage. And so there's a lot of efficiencies and sustainable principles built into the construction of the building and the equipment that's being used within the building. And so that's an exciting certification for us to achieve." Fritz says they have gone from a very small facility to about 15,205 square feet,  with huge kitchens and a high tech teaching theatre. They have named the new restaurant in the facility "Elevation" to signify their mission of elevating students learning and food preparation to a higher level. Fritz says none of it could have become a reality without the community: "But the college and the community, through the fundraising campaign really got behind the project. And through the successful donations of people like the Jungers, who were significant donors for the opening of the Jungers Culinary Center.  That represented the community in spirit, saying 'hey, we support this project'. It's all about what the community wanted to do at the beginning, and here we are, we delivered." Fritz says they will have about 125 students when they open for classes next month; and when they are fully operational, they will be able to accommodate about 250. A Grand Opening Ceremony - Open House is scheduled for October.

 

 

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