In the News: Construction Begins on AU Culinary Center

AU Culinary Center

Teachers often say that students learn best by doing. That’s especially true when it comes to the culinary arts! Auburn University students are about to up their kitchen game thanks to the upcoming AU Culinary Center. Now that it’s under construction, its classes are closer than ever.

What is the AU Culinary Center?

The AU Culinary Center, called the Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center, will enrich the education of its students. It’s located at the corner of  South College Street and East Thach Avenue next to the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center.

Auburn offers many courses that contribute to hospitality and culinary careers. In fact, the school is well-known for its hospitality degree program, which offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. With the addition of the AU Culinary Center, students can benefit from hands-on experience as they earn their degrees.

How will the community benefit from the AU Culinary Center?

It’s not just Auburn students that can learn at the AU Culinary Center! Once it’s operational, the Center intends to run courses open to the public. That means locals can learn more about cooking, hosting, and more. It will also be a boon to those already in the business who want to stay up-to-date about their careers.

Finally, many students who earn their degrees in Auburn decide to stick around in the town they love. This means that restaurants, hotels, and bars around town will have passionate employees who have well-honed skills in the business—and a great education to boot.

When will the AU Culinary Center be completed?

It’s easy to get excited about good food and good hospitality! Still, locals will have to rely on a bit of patience. Construction will be ongoing for the next couple of years, with a hopeful conclusion in 2022. Good things come to those who wait, after all!


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