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    STC – Culinary Teaching Kitchen

    Sarasota, Florida

    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 kitchen includes a generously sized dry storage area and walk-in cooler/freezer. Adjacent to the storage area is a prep area large enough to accommodate up to thirty students. Further along the kitchen space is a large banquet cooking and plating area including roll-in combi ovens, a tilt-skillet, steam kettle, steamer, range and baking oven. Adjacent to the baking oven, there is a complete baking center including worktables, mixers, dough sheeter and additional refrigeration. Adjacent to the bakery is a climate controlled confectionery room.

    The facility would not be complete without a thrity-student culinary teaching lab complete with student work stations and countertop induction ranges. The facility also features a full commercial laundry area with washer, dryer and commercial rotary steam iron.


    “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


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

    Project Details

    A look at Sarasota Technical College's culinary teaching kitchen in Sarasota, Florida. The facility opened in 2011 and serves the education needs of High School and adult 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 Schenkel Shultz Architecture (Sarasota, FL), Willis A. Smith Construction (Sarasota, FL) served as General Contractor and the Food Service Equipment Contractor was Beltram Restaurant Equipment (Fort Meyers, FL).

    • Budget Conscious
    • Innovative Design