In 2009, Jim Richards, Jr had the pleasure of being the lead design consultant on Suncoast Technical College’s brand new cutting-edge 12,000 square foot culinary arts teaching kitchen and bistro called Bistro 502.
The Lead Chef Instructor had a vision for the new program. He wanted to create a working restaurant environment for students where they could have the hands on experience working and managing all aspects of a restaurant. The open kitchen concept came to be called Bistro 502.
On the “wishlist” for the bistro was a set of European-style cooking suites that would enable students to communicate more openly and freely and provide them with experience on various types of cooking equipment, including a chargrill, griddle, fryers and pasta cooker. With typical commercial European-style cooking suites having a price tag well into the $100k range, a cost not affordable for a County tech school program, the challenge was being able to provide the experience and yet still stay within budget. The solution was an innovative modular suite design. |READ MORE|
“Jim Richards Jr was very instrumental with the design and layout of the Suncoast Technical College Culinary Arts Department. I can honestly say that Jim exceeded our expectations.”
Lead Chef Instructor of Culinary Arts, Suncoast Technical College, Sarasota, Florida
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*Project design completed by Jim Richards, Jr while employed by Fishman & Associates