The Food Issue

Johnson County Community College builds a foodie mecca at its Culinary Academy

The first bricks of

Johnson County Community College’s


Hospitality Culinary Academy

were already in place before the late winter snows blew in.

From the corner of College Boulevard and Quivira Road, passers-by can get a glimpse of the 36,000-square-foot, one-story building going up just south of the Regnier Center parking garage.

The $13 million academy will house five culinary labs, a glass-walled innovation kitchen where the award-winning culinary team will practice for competitions (currently they practice in kitchens tucked away from public view) and a 75-seat demonstration kitchen in a culinary theater.

Designed by the DLR Group in Overland Park, the academy is scheduled to open in August. In addition to serving the 700-plus students currently enrolled in JCCC’s popular hospitality management program, the added capacity will allow the college to offer more continuing education classes to home cooks.