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    MTC – Culinary Teaching Kitchen

    Bradenton, Florida

    One of the most monumental and exciting projects Jim Richards, Jr managed and designed was the Culinary Arts Center at Manatee Technical College (Bradenton, FL). The 12,000 square foot Culinary Center included a teaching kitchen, baking and pastry center, classroom space, a garde manger, a coffee and pastry shop, a formal dining room (The Whetstone) and a food court (Cafe Mirabilis) complete with an open kitchen.

    One of the challenges  faced was space constraint. I know that 12,000 square feet sounds large, but including all the different spaces on the client’s wish list was a challenge, even in such a large area. An especially unique item on the Lead Instructor’s wish list was a garde manger, a refrigerated room where students could prepare cold dishes such as salads, hors d’œuvres, canapés, and pâtés. A creative solution was to design a 1200 square foot walk-in cooler/freezer/garde manger on the exterior of the building with access from the interior kitchen space. The garde manger was complete with a partial glass wall facing the interior space so that the student’s work was completely on display. Access to both the walk-in cooler and freezer was provided from the garde manger. |READ MORE|


    Jim Jr was magnificent in working with my entire culinary team. I was impressed with his holistic and personal approach, as well as his genuine willingness to listen to our questions, concerns and exceeding all our expectations.”

    Chef Garry Colpitts, CEC, CFSE
    Former Lead Chef Instructor, Manatee Technical College, Bradenton, FL


    *Project design completed by Jim Richards, Jr while employed by Fishman & Associates

    Project Details

    A look at Manatee Technical College's culinary teaching kitchen and bakery in Bradenton, Florida. The facility opened in 2013 and serves High School and adults students. Jim Richards, Jr served as the Food Service Consultant on the project providing design services, equipment specification and overall project management.* The architectural firm of record is Fawley-Bryant Architects (Sarasota, FL). In 2015, the MTC facility was awarded the Florida Educational Facilities Planners Association First Place Design Award.

    • Budget Conscious
    • Innovative Design