A look inside the Emeril Lagasse Kitchen House & Culinary Garden


A one-of-a-kind facility focusing on the culinary arts and education will open on King Street in College Park.

The Emeril Lagasse Kitchen House & Culinary Garden, a joint venture between Florida Hospital for Children, Orlando Junior Academy and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, will support OJA's Edible Education Experience – a program providing education, gardening and cooking skills to the school's pupils – and is the first of its kind in the country built specifically to give children a seed-to-plate education.

The two-story house includes a reception area, in addition to a modern kitchen equipped with gas stoves, prep stations, storage and refrigeration areas.
Looking down onto the kitchen
  • Looking down onto the kitchen
The community garden, watered by cisterns that catch rain water from the building's roof, is a beaut with a variety of herbs, fruits and vegetables tended to by ex-firefighter Brad Jones.
Culinary Garden
  • Culinary Garden
The idea for the Kitchen House was born from a conversation Jones and chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant had 10 years ago, which led to a curriculum being established at OJA, a private Seventh-day Adventist K-8 school, seven years ago. Since then, Fonzo, along with Edible Education Experience executive director Janice Banks and chef/teacher Sarah Cahill, have taught OJA students gardening and cooking skills as well as the basics of nutrition.
Patio view. The Kitchen House will play host to food events.
  • Patio view. The Kitchen House will play host to food events.
The Kitchen House and garden will help better facilitate the curriculum but, more than that, the 3,500-square-foot facility will also play host to food-related events.
Fonzo invited in a few friends April 2 for a soiree and sneak peek, but anticipates Kitchen House opening in a couple of weeks.