WBRC Architects Engineers designed this 4,000 SF customized cooking school and product demonstration facility to meet several objectives. Modern luxury needed to be combined with the latest technology and products to create a place where gourmet food enthusiasts could taste their creations, interact with fellow students and instructors, and watch master chefs — all while growing accustomed to some of the best products in the cooking industry, such as Viking ranges and high-end cutlery. The fitout included product display cases, and audio/video technology enabled for live recording/broadcast.
The facility has since been purchased by University of Southern Florida for use as the USF Sarasota-Manatee Culinary Innovation Lab. The fully-equipped teaching center is an important resource for students in the Hospitality Management Program, and a unique venue for private and public events.