The South Australian government has committed A$60 mio to build a world-class food and hospitality school in Adelaide, The Lead portal reports. A scoping study for the International Centre for Food, Hospitality and Tourism Studies will begin immediately with construction expected to start next year. The centre will be developed at Lot Fourteen – a former hospital site in a prominent city location that is envisioned by the South Australian government to become a globally-recognized innovation neighborhood.
South Australia is renowned for its premium food and wine and this month hosted the annual Tasting Australia festival, which attracted leading chefs and food industry heavyweights from around the globe.
Adelaide-founded international design firm HASSELL has been appointed lead consultant on the scoping study, which aims to engage key stakeholders. The study will identify the organizations and training courses best suited to operate out of the school, which will sit alongside the Adelaide Botanical Gardens and National Wine Centre. Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said HASSELL had proven skills in the briefing and design of education and hospitality projects. “I’m confident in this company’s ability to engage with local stakeholders and spearhead this study, which will demonstrate how our vision for a world-class, internationally renowned hospitality education and training facility will be realized,” he said.
South Australia Premier Steven Marshall said the State Government was committed to Lot Fourteen becoming an epicenter of future-facing industries including food, hospitality and tourism as well as Defense, space and cyber security. The Australian Government recently announced Lot Fourteen would house Australia’s new national space agency and its Mission Control Centre.
TAFE SA is responsible for training many of the state’s chefs and food industry professionals at its Regency Park campus in suburban Adelaide. Director of Tourism, Hospitality and Creative Arts Karen Horner said the new centre would draw international attention to the TAFE’s existing strengths in hospitality and tourism. “South Australia’s hospitality and tourism sectors are leading the nation and this investment will ensure our expert teaching staff have access to a modern training environment, which will position us as an international leader in culinary, hospitality and tourism education,” she said.