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Culinary ‘bad boy’ visits COC

Event: Anthony Bourdain sells out the Performing Arts Center then hosts book signing for institute

Posted: February 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, seated, and the staff of the College of the Canyons Culinary Arts Program.

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Culinary “bad boy” Anthony Bourdain of the Travel Channel’s “No Reservation” television program sold out the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the campus of College of the Canyons and followed his appearance with a book signing and meet-and-greet to benefit the capital campaign for the Institute for Culinary Education at COC.

 The goal of the capital campaign is to raise $3.7 million for construction of the institute.

“This evening has really been a spectacular opportunity for people to learn more about our culinary program,” said Murray Wood, culinary arts campaign manager.

The program is designed to give students skills that can lead to employment after they graduate, Wood said.

“It’s a terrific program, but our problem is that it is not big enough,” said Wood. “We can only handle about 80 students right, and we have a waiting list of another 80.”

The capital campaign to build the institute would allow the college to offer classes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and offer classes for 2,400 students, said Wood.

The book-signing event also sold out with more than 100 attendees.

Food for the event was prepared by many of the Culinary Arts Program instructors and students.

Guests lined up with copies of “Medium Raw” Bourdain’s new book for him to sign.

Bourdain also posed for photos and graciously spoke with each guest.

Information: Institute for Culinary Education at College of the Canyons visit canyonsculinaryarts.com

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