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David’s enthusiasm for the new Center’s capacity to train “workforce ready” students is contagious. According to David, “Students take advantage of a very reasonably priced education that will jump start their careers. The students study all facets of food operation under the guidance of excellent and experienced chefs and teachers. That includes food preparation, event planning, nutrition, business management and many other courses.” The Center’s lower floor has two classrooms, locker rooms, a computer room and student lounge, as well as an amphitheater that blends its Art Deco past with modern amenities. The amphitheater serves as a classroom and demonstration kitchen for tastings, cooking demonstrations, lectures, presentations and cultural events with dinner theater-style seating.

Our students are in demand, and I constantly field calls from restaurants asking for our graduates.

The Center’s main floor features a teaching kitchen, headed by Culinary Arts Chair and Culinary Instructor Cris Spezial, an experienced chef and Nyack entrepreneur who joined the Hospitality & Culinary Arts School a year ago. “The college has spared no expense in providing the best environment for our students,” said Cris who explained that the teaching kitchen has 10 stations and top-of-the-line appliances for its students, so they are fully prepared to work in all types of settings when they graduate. “Our students are in demand, and I constantly field calls from restaurants asking for our graduates. We also help in placements,” said Cris. A retail farm-to-market store, also on the main floor, is scheduled to open late summer. Operated by students, in conjunction with a well-known industry partner, the store will sell New York sourced produce, and grab-andgo items that are freshly prepared by students for dinein or take-out. It will have a dining area that will also serve as a student-operated pop-up restaurant. “Nyack is a tourism draw, and the Center is a welcome addition to a dynamic community. The demand from local and county restaurants and businesses for our graduate students has been overwhelming,” said David.

Cris Spezial, Chair, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Instructor

Rockland Community College’s Hospitality & Culinary Arts Center 70 Main Street, Nyack, NY Facility Rentals, Events and General Inquiries: David Kimmel, Interim Director 845-574-4795 dkimmel@sunyrockland.edu rccawaits.com/nyack

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