Asian and Hispanic cuisines will receive major emphasis in the curriculum of the Los Angeles International Culinary Institute, which is projected to open in January, 1991.
"We'll try to create a network of (international) exchange for the instructors," said Raimund Hofmeister, institute president, during a pre-renovation open house at the school site in Santa Monica. "We want to concentrate on the Pacific Rim, number one."
This represents a shift from the European emphasis of most culinary schools. The institute will also provide its students with "a good understanding of traditional European cooking," Hofmeister said, but will move on from there. "I think we have the responsibility to introduce them to Hispanic cuisine and to Oriental cuisine. We have a lot of Oriental people. It's not fair that we ignore that," he said.
Space for the institute has been leased in Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade after a search of several years. Previous sites considered included the Grand Central Market building in downtown Los Angeles. That site was rejected because the rent was too high, Hofmeister said.