New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute has opened with 21 students in its culinary arts and baking and pastry arts certificate programs. NOCHI is located at 725 Howard Ave., with more than 90,000 square feet and five stories. The space includes teaching kitchens, a beverage lab, classrooms, computer lab and an on-site restaurant.
The nonprofit has a 100-day program to educate students on how to become professional cooks or bakers. The certificate program costs $14,775 – a fraction of the cost of competing schools, according to NOCHI. Half of the inaugural class received tuition assistance from NOCHI supporters.
The institute also offers courses for home cooks and food and wine lovers. Courses include knife skills, seasoning fundamentals, Afro-Caribbean cuisine and traditional New Orleans Creole cuisine and gumbo. A class on the fundamentals of cheese begins Thursday.