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Rendering of the National Institute of Culinary and Hospitality Education

Wichita State University Tech breaks ground on a National Institute for Culinary and Hospitality Education

Aug. 16, 2021
The facility will have demonstration and commercial kitchens, classrooms, student-run cafes, and a public food hall.

Wichita State University Tech has broken ground on a 45,000-square-foot facility in downtown Wichita, Kan., called the National Institute for Culinary and Hospitality Education.

During construction, the program's students will attend classes in space vacated by Butler County Community College's hospitality program. The new facility is set to open next August in the Henry's department store building, reports The Wichita Eagle.

The facility will have demonstration and commercial kitchens, classrooms, student-run cafes, a public food hall and a rooftop event center.

WSU Tech’s culinary school will be headed by a married chef duo who helped build Butler’s program in Wichita. John Michael will serve as program director and Lexi Michael will be executive chef and oversee programming as department chair.

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