Canadian Centre for Culinary Arts and Science at Humber College
The Canadian Centre of Culinary Arts and Science at Humber College in Toronto is comprised of two culinary labs, a wine-tasting lecture theatre, change rooms, food distribution centre and corridors lined with display cases. The college’s objective was to transform an under-utilized space into a dynamic centre of excellence for aspiring chefs.
The culinary labs incorporate state-of-the-art technologies, such as induction cooking and a stainless steel ventilation and lighting ceiling system with unimpeded sightlines. Also included is a folding partition that enables the two culinary labs and wine-tasting theatre to operate as separate classrooms or, when the partition is removed, as one large presentation space suitable for cooking competitions and television broadcasts.
The two spaces are differentiated by material and texture to indicate their unique operation. In the culinary labs, hard, impervious surfaces—stainless steel and bright, washable ceramic tile—were required to allow meticulous cleanliness. In contrast, warm, textured materials including iron spot brick, clear-stained oak panels, and red leather seating create a comfortable ambiance in the wine-tasting theatre. Custom oak desks were equipped with integral lighting to allow students to evaluate the colour of the wines being served. Seating was constructed from recycled leather, and products and finishes with low toxicity were specified throughout the project.
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