RRC opens doors to culinary research kitchen in Exchange District

Red River College unveiled its new state-of-the-art culinary research kitchen Thursday, saying this promises to be its most delectable facility yet. 

New state-of-the-art facility will focus on product development

Red River College held a grand opening Thursday for its new culinary research kitchen at the Paterson Global Foods Institute on Main Street. (Jaison Empson/CBC )

Red River College unveiled its new state-of-the-art culinary research kitchen Thursday, saying this promises to be its most delectable facility yet. 

The college has had a culinary research program for five years, but has been operating out of various spaces throughout their campus.

The opening of the facility gives students access to new culinary equipment. (Jaison Empson/CBC)
Dignitaries dug into some of the samples of food produced by students and staff in the program at Thursday's event. (Jaison Empson/CBC )

The opening of the facility, housed in the Paterson Global Foods Institute on Main Street, brings the program under one roof, while also giving staff and students access to new equipment, said Mavis McRae, who heads the program. 

With the opening of the facility, those in the culinary arts, food science and agriculture industries can come together and share ideas on product development more easily, she said.

"Having some of the small and medium sized companies be able to access the talent within all of Red River College...all of the information technology, it really is a gateway into all of that expertise," she said. 

There was no shortage of samples at Thursday's grand opening. (Jaison Empson/CBC)
The facility will allow chefs, food scientists and those in the agriculture industry to collaborate on product development, McRae said. (Jaison Empson/CBC )

"We're just looking at getting ready to work with all of the food industry and not just in Manitoba but in all of western Canada."  

Along with kitchen equipment, the facility also features state of the art research technology. (Jaison Empson/CBC)
Mavis McRae, head of the culinary research program at RRC, gives Ralph Eichler, minister of economic development and training, a tour of the facility. (Jaison Empson/CBC)

McRae says she hopes the kitchen will become a good resource for Manitoba's agriculture and food industry by adding more culinary expertise to food product development.

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