The Latin American International Cuisine Institute - Florida's first bilingual culinary institute - will open in Kissimmee in January.
The school will offer classes in Spanish and English in culinary, pastry and mixology and will employ 23 instructors and staff with an average wage of $45,000 per year. Founder Angel Centeno said the institute will be one of the few culinary schools in the nation to incorporate classes for food allergies and vegetarian needs in its curriculum.
Economic Development Director Belinda Kirkegard said the school qualifies as a target industry for the city in the post-secondary education category. That makes the institute eligible for fast-track permitting.
Centeno has signed a 10-year lease in the Kissimmee Korner shopping center at the corner of Vine Street and N. John Young Parkway.
Kirkegard said they plan to invest $1.54 million in site improvements and equipment. The buildout will include a full service cafeteria. By year three, they anticipate having 35 full-time employees with an average wage of $50,000.