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Chef John AntunUT Knoxville faculty, staff and students are invited to visit the kitchen classroom of the Culinary Institute and learn more about the program.

The institute will host an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the UT Visitors Center at the corner of Kingston Pike and Neyland Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

Recent graduates will give cooking demonstrations and hand out food samples. People attending the open house can get a quick lesson in cutting and chopping in the kitchen.

The open house also will offer a look at high-tech kitchen instruction equipment, such as closed-circuit screens similar to those seen in professional cooking demonstrations. The Culinary Institute recently moved its classes to the Visitors Center from a smaller kitchen in the Jessie Harris Building on campus.

The Culinary Institute is a 10-month intensive certificate program offered by the Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. John Antun, assistant professor of hotel, restaurant and tourism management, and other local chefs are the instructors at the institute. The program is available to anyone who has received a high school diploma.

Students who complete the program receive a Certificate in Culinary Arts and the Servsafe Foodservice Sanitation certification, which is valid for five years.

For more information about the Culinary Institute, visit http://culinary.utk.edu/.