Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse were in College Park on Wednesday morning for the opening of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden, an “edible education” learning kitchen that is being promoted as the first of it’s kind.
The 3,500 square foot Kitchen House features a commercial kitchen classroom with four
hands-on cooking stations, including food prep and hand-washing sinks, two gas ovens, refrigerator, and freezer.
In addition to a kitchen classroom, the first floor houses an educational lounge, which will serve as a welcome center and meeting space. The facility is also a “green” building sporting the latest technology to maximize energy and water use.
“My wife Alden and I are so proud to be a part of this project and look forward to seeing the impact it will have on children’s lives for years to come. We are thankful for the support of the Orlando Junior Academy, our dedicated board, donors and local community partners who have played a key role in bringing the Foundation’s vision to life through this initiative,” said Lagasse.
The Kitchen House and Garden will offer edible education experiences to Orlando Junior Academy students and other local schools for after school enrichment, summer/holiday camps, field trips, and other related activities.
“We’re delighted and grateful to see Emeril Lagasse’s Foundation choose Orlando to develop this unique model that combines urban agriculture and culinary education for all ages, an initiative that furthers our efforts in providing more environmentally-friendly lifestyles for residents in Orlando.” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.