Kitchens & Culinary
Restaurant Training Lab
The Humber Room is our on-campus upscale casual restaurant training facility, that is open to the general public. Join us for lunch or dinner and you are assisting in the education of our students!
Students in Humber’s culinary programs put their practical skills to use preparing lunches and dinners in a real-world environment. Students in Humber’s Food & Beverage and Hotel & Restaurant Programs put their fine dining service skills to work. The 120 seat restaurant offers world class cuisine for a faction of the cost of eating in a fine dining restaurant. In the summer of 2013, The Humber Room received a 1.5 million dollar renovation. This new state-of-the-art teaching restaurant is the most modern environment for student learning anywhere in North America.
Gourmet Express is a retail store, located at Humber’s North Campus, where we sell an amazing array of products that have been prepared by students in the practical classes of our baking & pastry arts and culinary programs.
Depending on the day you can find fresh salads, home-made soups, an array of main courses, breads, pastries, tarts, cakes and so much more. In addition to the items mentioned above, quite often there is a variety of steaks, chops and roasts, which come from our butchery classes. Gourmet Express is open to the public Monday through Saturday.
The 20 foot Humber Food Truck is ready to roll as a training ground for Humber students within the Culinary, Nutrition, Hospitality and Event Planning programs from the School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism. The Food Truck is an on trend, fun new venture for the school and a great opportunity for students to gain real life experience. The Humber Food Truck will serve a variety of foods from salads, smoothies, entrees and desserts and will be used for recruitment, curriculum and for catered special events.
The new bake labs are fully accessible and AODA compliant. Students have access to:
- a new 36 tray, dual mode, hybrid oven for real world experience in volume baking
- specialty enhanced tools and equipment
- 2 stage Chocolate Enrobing machines
- 100 qt dough mixer
- blast freezers
- televised chef’s demos
Students will have additional bake lab space and a new student-run bakery and coffee shop that will provide the opportunity to sell the baking students’ class product to the Humber community. There is also an area to showcase student work.
The culinary lab is:
- Multifunctional—equipment can move in and out easily, so that the lab can be customized based on the needs of each class
- International cuisine—new culinary lab features Tandoor ovens and industrial-sized woks for use in creating Indian and Asian cuisine
The lab features institutional-sized equipment (i.e. tilt fryer) for students to gain experience preparing food in bulk; which will also support banquet-quantity production for catering purposes.
New LEED-certified equipment will also improve energy usage of the current labs.
The Mandarin and Garland INDUCTION Cooking Labs
Using the latest in European technology, these kitchens have raised the bar in design standards and utilizing energy saving and environmentally friendly technology. Induction cooking, mobile multi-purpose equipment, ventilation ceiling systems, temperature controlled cold storage and wine cellars will all define the great kitchen of tomorrow. The specific characteristics of the induction cooking labs are as follows:
- 90% energy efficiency due to microprocessor technology, high quality components and well-engineered construction
- Rapid attainment of cooking temperatures
- Cooking points require no pre-heating
- Rapid response to changes in power setting
- No power wastage after pans are removed from the cooking point
- Up to 80% energy savings compared to conventional technologies
Culinary Demonstration Theatre & Lab
This lab was opened in 2007 and features a modern Ventmaster ceiling system with fans and ducts hidden behind a stainless steel ceiling where grease and bacteria can’t build up. This lab also features four plasma screen TV’s where demonstrations can be projected for easy viewing, television and satellite hook-up allowing for international broadcasting capabilities.
This lab has received some of North America’s most prestigious awards:
- National Restaurant Association Show, Kitchen Innovation Award
- Foodservice Consultants Society International, Product of the Year Award
- North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers Award
- Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario Award
Butchery and Charcuterie Kitchens
Students will have the unique opportunity to practice the fundamentals of deboning, filleting and meat preparations using smoker ovens, charcuterie blenders and butchery equipment.
Small Quantity Multi-Purpose Kitchens
These multi-purpose labs with movable equipment function to deliver a variety of courses, including: Asian Cuisine, Nutrition, International Cuisines, Seafood and Contemporary Plate Presentation.
Cold & Hot Food Kitchens of the Humber Room Restaurant
In this lab students are exposed to the real life fast paced environment of a working restaurant kitchen. Students rotate through every work station in the kitchen, from hot food to cold food preparation, and from appetizers to desserts.
Wine Tasting and Demonstration Theatre
A luxurious theatre where students are introduced to wines of the world and the intricacies of food and wine pairing. the lab is equipped with its own wine cellar/cooler, a demonstration induction cooking unit, glassware racks, storage and washing equipment and full audio visual and satellite broadcast capabilities.
Students learn the theory and practical skills of a wide range of beverages and mixology. A fully equipped lab for creating mixed drinks, understanding beers, spirits and wines.