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New $17M culinary institute opens in Myrtle Beach

Students and teachers prepare for Wednesday's grand opening of the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach. (Source: Horry Georgetown Technical College Facebook page) Students and teachers prepare for Wednesday's grand opening of the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach. (Source: Horry Georgetown Technical College Facebook page)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A new chef-training facility has officially opened its doors in Horry County.

On Wednesday, a reception was held to welcome the new $17 million International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach.

Located at 920 Crabtree Lane in Myrtle Beach, the institute, which is associated with Horry Georgetown Technical College, will be equipped to train up to 400 chefs annually in a variety of food preparation methods, according to an HGTC press release.

Those methods include rotary evaporation, combination ovens using dry heat and steam, freeze-dry systems and sonic homogenizers to emulsify, separate and infuse foods.

“We looked at really trying to design something that’d be exciting,” said Joe Bonaparte, executive director of the HGTC culinary arts program. “(We wanted) something that will have state-of-the-art technology both in the kitchens, but also as far as teaching in the kitchens. The actual technology that we have in the building is phenomenal.”

The institute also features the student-operated Fowler Dining Room, which provides training in a real restaurant operation in areas such as fine dining, buffet and café service, according to the school's website. Menus are created using a wide range of cooking techniques focusing on taste, texture, color and creativity.

For more information on the culinary institute, click here.

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