Article originally published on LiberiaObserver.com.
If all goes well, Liberia will soon have its first postwar culinary arts school: the Kola Culinary Institute (K.C.I.).
The school which is a proposed project of US-based Liberian professional chef, Chauncy Yarngo, doesn’t have a definite date about its opening due to a slow start in the fund-raising campaign. However, According to Chauncy, the core function of the proposed culinary school is to train local chefs about food safety, and the standard steps involved in preparing and presenting food.
Chauncy added, he thought about opening the culinary arts school two months ago when he visited Liberia and noticed that restaurants were not preparing food following the proper guidelines and standards which is intended to make sure foods are safe and healthy.
“Now it’s time to go and donate. Having a cooking school in Liberia is a must; not only is there a void, but Liberians and other African countries need to learn how to handle food safely,” he said. “I told myself that if I ever got back home, I would try to open a restaurant because I thought everyone already knew about food and safety standards and were privy to protocols when preparing food.