Last Friday I had the chance to take part in Centennial College’s week-long CentItalia celebrations. Centennial partnered with the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO) to provide a week of prominent chefs, food and wine experts, restaurateurs, influencers, educators, journalists, and foodies coming together to celebrate the charm and simplicity of the Italian way of living.
The CentItalia program included an Italian Master Class Series featuring renowned Italian chefs – Chef Ugo Mura, Chef Valentino Cassanelli, Chef Paolo Cacciani, and Chef Filippo Saporito – as well as an Italian Food Symposium and the ICCO’s Pentola d’Oro gala.
The main hub of CentItalia was Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, a new, state-of-the-art 35,000 sq ft facility. This facility is gorgeous and the home to some fantastic culinary arts programs.
The Culinary and Baking programs at Centennial place an emphasis on teaching students how to integrate nutrition into their skill set. All students take Nutrition courses that complement their skill development courses. This is of particular importance because many of their items are produced at the school’s own restaurant, The Local Cafe and Restaurant. The Local Cafe and Restaurant has been designed with a from-scratch cooking and baking philosophy. Local products are sourced and used to prepare nutritionally balanced and wholesome menu items. The concept blends quick-service with casual dining creating a fast-casual environment.
This year Centennial launched two new part-time certificates — one in Healthy Culinary Arts and one in Healthy Baking Arts. Centennial has submitted proposals to the Provincial government to develop and deliver two more programs with distinct focus on the blending of culinary arts, baking arts and nutrition recognizing health and wellness as an emerging need in industry. Find out more about Centennial’s exciting programs and initiatives at Centennial College.ca