Are Fort Worth students headed for the next "Top Chef" competition?
A new Culinary Arts Facility for students preparing for careers in food and hospitality management, is under construction at North Side High School. Ground breaking was today and opening is scheduled in time for the 2013-2014 school year.
Since the kitchens will be equipped with TV cameras, Fort Worth schools officials are looking into the possibility of having a Fort Worth version of "Chopped," with local chefs as judges, that could air on the school district's TV channel.
The addition and culinary arts center will feature:
- 48,040 square feet of additional space
- two demonstration kitchens with six learning stations each
- two production kitchens
- four culinary classrooms
- dining hall that seats 150 with outdoor dining for 20
- 17 classrooms and 1 writing lab
Total cost is $11.2 million, paid for with funds from savings from the school district's 2007 Capital Improvment Program.
You can take a virtual tour here.