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Johnson & Wales University Will Dedicate New LEED Building to Cuisinart

Underlines Cuisinart’s Longstanding Commitment to Culinary Education

Stamford, CT - October 2010


October 2010

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Johnson & Wales University Will Dedicate New LEED Building to Cuisinart

Underlines Cuisinart’s Longstanding Commitment to Culinary Education

STAMFORD, CT, OCTOBER 27, 2010—In recognition of Cuisinart’s longstanding relationship with the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University (JWU), the institution will officially name its new 82,000-square-foot education facility in Providence, Rhode Island, the Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence  at a dedication ceremony on December 12, 2010.   

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified designed facility is a pioneering example of education meeting environment, with an emphasis on global influences and sustainability. The JWU building has been designed to meet standards for certification that include quality of indoor environment, efficient use of water (in this case using captured rainwater for landscape irrigation) and reduced energy usage. The interiors of the facility are energy-efficient and designed to allow natural light to stream through the building, while a white roof and light-colored concrete building exterior reduce the impact of reflected heat released back into the environment.

“The building opened with great approval from students and faculty this fall as the new academic year began, with Johnson & Wales students eager to learn through academic rigor, professional skill development and leadership training, preparing them to lead the world of culinary arts and foodservice management,” says University President John Bowen, a class of ’77 JWU alumnus. “For many years, Cuisinart has actively participated in the furtherance of our university’s mission, and the company’s excellence in its initiatives, products and innovative approach to food preparation and cooking align with the quality of our program. It is a fitting tribute to put Cuisinart’s name on a facility that memorializes that excellence with an eye towards the future and the training of the next generation of industry leaders.” 

The new facility’s layout and equipment reflect JWU’s reputation as an international leader in career education, with over 83,000 graduates from 140 countries in demand worldwide. The Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence contains 30 educational labs and classrooms for culinary arts, including dedicated hot and cold kitchens; labs for chocolate and pastry preparation; meat-cutting and fabrication labs; bake shops; and an artisan bread lab. There are also three dining rooms; academic classroom spaces; and areas dedicated to the study of wine production, mixology and microbrewing. 

 “Cuisinart’s participation in Johnson & Wales’ innovative education facility is the natural next step in the partnership that has connected us with the university for many years,” says Mary Rodgers, Director of Marketing Communications for Cuisinart. “Naming the building the Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence is in itself a great honor, and reinforces the company’s relationship with the university. It also emphasizes our commitment to a culinary facility recognized as a major training ground for future chef talent and for groundbreaking achievements in the food preparation and foodservice industry.”

About Cuisinart:

Cuisinart, universally known for introducing the food processor in America, is a leader in culinary appliances, professional quality cookware and kitchen accessories. The company’s cutting edge reputation can be seen on numerous fronts, from industry-first products and design awards to sponsorships of culinary events and TV cooking shows. Cuisinart manufactures a full range of products under the tagline, “Savor the Good Life®.” These products include cookware, countertop cooking appliances, blenders, stand mixers and coffeemakers, as well as food processors, toasters and toaster ovens, ice cream makers and waffle makers. Cuisinart has the following websites:,, and

About Johnson & Wales:

Johnson & Wales University (JWU), founded in 1914, is a nonprofit, private institution. A recognized leader in career education, the university offers accredited degrees in business, hospitality, culinary arts, technology and education to more than 16,000 graduate and undergraduate students, representing all 50 states and 98 countries. By integrating academics and professional skills, related work experiences, leadership opportunities and career services, JWU prepares driven students who are seeking a competitive advantage in the global economy. The university’s 83,000 alumni from 140 countries pursue careers around the world. JWU is committed to urban revitalization and thoughtful historic renovation. Through active civic participation and unique learning opportunities, JWU improves the quality of life in its campus communities in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, N.C.