A lack of qualified chefs in Timmins has left a gap for College Boreal to fill.
The college will be introducing their new culinary arts program in September 2014.
Campus Director Jean-Pierre Nadon says it is a dynamic program because it will prepare people to cook in institutional situations and restaurants.
Chef Justin Bonney, who has worked around the world, will be teaching the program. His goal is to modernize traditional cooking techniques with flare by incorporating the use of local produce and game and teaching about seasonal produce.
Bonney says Northern Ontario's culinary skills aren't on par with down South so he's hoping to change that.
So far the program has partnered with The Days Inn, Cedar Meadows, and Boston Pizza for potential placements. Other prospective partnerships are still in the works according to Nadon.
The program is also serving up opportunity for local high school students.It's a dual-credit program, therefore, high school students can receive credits from the program for high school.
However, once they've graduated high school, if they choose to attend College Boreal, the credits are transferable.
To learn more about the program the College Boreal is hosting the official launch on Wednesday February 19th from 7-8:30pm at the College on Theriault.