by Stacy Dunn
Canada’s Smartest Kitchen (CSK) is known as the Research and Development Arm of The Culinary Institute of Canada and is located at the Tourism and Culinary Centre. CSK was started in response to agriculture and seafood producers who wanted to be more innovative with their current products.
Tammy Wall, Business Operations Manager, has been with CSK since 2012 and has supported the growth from the ground up. “When developing products, we take a multi-disciplinary view of the work. Our team of food scientists and chefs take into account safety, taste, textures, and more.”
Eight to 10 employees are currently on staff. Student interns are also brought in to hone their skills. Tammy says students from the culinary, journalism, marketing, and graphic design programs contribute to the multi-disciplinary work of CSK.
“Some of our clients are small businesses that may not have the budget or the readiness to do a large-scale advertising campaign,” she says. “It’s win-win. Students get experience working an advertising campaign, and clients get to test their product in the marketplace.”
Cavendish Farms Culinary Creation Centre is also located at the Tourism and Culinary Centre. Their staff include chefs, scientists, and a sales and marketing team.
Tammy says they are constantly seeking partnerships to generate growth for the kitchen. The export market is very important right now; companies from France, Germany and Nigeria and local companies have worked with CSK to develop products such as craft beers and protein bars.
• Research & development
• Sensory & consumer science (food tasting)
• Food styling for media and advertising agencies
• Corporate chef services
“One of our chefs was recently on a trade mission in China, where he represented seafood companies from across Atlantic Canada,” she says. “He prepared all kinds of dishes for many different seafood producers showcasing to potential clients many innovative ideas for our seafood.”
CSK is very interested in working with PEI schools through facility tours and providing culinary lessons. “Students will get to see where food comes from and how it is made. Our goal is to support schools with programs focused on agriculture, food and science.”
Participants are needed to taste various samples in the facility’s sensory booths and provide feedback. To sign up, visit www.smartestkitchen.ca. Click Services and scroll down to Sensory and Consumer Science.
For more information on Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, call 1-902-566-9373 or email [email protected]hollandcollege.com.