May 22, 2017

Feature: New Kosher Culinary Center Opens in Brooklyn

Brooklyn- by Devorah Paltiel, Features Editor- This is not the first time that a kosher culinary center has opened in Brooklyn, but this time the center hopes to become a permanent presence in New York’s flourishing kosher community. The new center is the brainchild of a well-known kosher chef. It is a fact that everyone wants to be a chef these days, with Top Chef, Chopped, and Iron Chef gracing our screens it’s hard not to be caught up in the excitement. Crisp chef whites, sharp shiny knives, and red hot jumping flames – it’s kind of alluring. Jumping on that appeal is Chef Abe Wiseman, an experienced chef and culinary educator, who has just opened the doors of the all-new Kosher Culinary Center. Housed in a narrow unassuming three-story building in Flatbush, Brooklyn, the Center is an aspiring kosher chef’s dream. The first floor features a fully outfitted commercial kitchen complete with a sauce and sauté area, and restaurant-style cook tops with refrigerators tucked underneath, as well as counters for demoing and a retractable projector screen. The basement floor is home to a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, as well as a room for what Wiseman anticipates will serve as a prep area for budding culinary entrepreneurs. “It’s a win-win for them as there is more prep and refrigerator space than their kitchens at home plus we have a mashgiach temidi on premises that they can partner with,” says Wiseman. The second floor opens into a big classroom that can also be used as a small party area. “There has already been interest in kids parties and Bat Mitzvahs because the kids can hang out in the party room and then go downstairs to the kitchen for a Chopped contest.” Wiseman has been in the business a long time, serving as Banquet Chef at the Tan a Tar Marriot, Chef Garde Manger at the Garden City Hotel, Executive Sous Chef of the kitchen at the United Nations, and Executive Chef at the Riverhouse Restaurant in New Jersey, and as Dean of Student Affairs at the old CKCA. “Our aim is to create a program for budding kosher chefs so that once they complete our 54-day Certificate in Culinary Arts they have a solid culinary background and training for a career as a chef,” explains Wiseman. “We offer 60 different educational programs from career training in culinary arts and pastry arts, to recreational classes. Our curriculum has been approved by the Board of New York, and we are affiliated with Ben Gurion University in Israel so that students have the option to complete a 5 month or 1 year course in Eilat to achieve an Israeli, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean Cuisine Certification as well.”