New baking, beverage and culinary labs for students and industry

  • Students and professionals in the food and beverage sector will benefit from sleek new research and development labs at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (CHCA).

    George Brown hosted a grand opening celebration on September 20 at the CHCA building at 300 Adelaide St. E. The new learning and testing spaces include:

    • Beverage lab
    • Industry research demonstration kitchen
    • Large-quantity baking lab
    • Large-quantity culinary lab


    The spaces provide students with modern learning and research facilities to develop their skills and gain hands-on experience. They also provide much-needed space for industry professionals to test, develop and prepare new products for the market. Ontario is home to more than 3,000 food and beverage processing establishments.

    “These applied research facilities will expose our students to real-world challenges and projects, allowing them to become flexible innovators and problem solvers,” said George Brown College President Anne Sado. “At the same time, they will provide vital support to Ontario’s small and medium-sized food and beverage businesses, offering product development opportunities that range from product and market research to commercialization.”

    The CHCA expansion was supported by a $7-million investment from Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario and contributions from George Brown donors.

    “This project is a great example of government and a post-secondary institution coming together to strengthen Canada’s valuable food and beverage industry to provide the tools for the next generation of culinary workers to thrive,” said Federal Finance Minister and Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre Bill Morneau.

    Learn more about programs at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts.