Today marked the official groundbreaking ceremony for the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI), set to open next year.
NOCHI is a culinary school that will train students to be everything from pastry chefs to cocktail mixologists, in order to continue the legacy of New Orleans’s top-notch hospitality industry. New Orleans has been named the number one tourist destination in the country, and the hospitality industry employs approximately 85,000 people (more than any other job sector in the city) who care for the 10 million tourists who come here every year and spend up to seven billion dollars.
Guests in attendance at the groundbreaking included Ti Martin, Dickie Brennan, Mayor Landrieu, and Governor Edwards.
NOCHI, 725 Howard Ave., nochi.org.