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Bonnie Gordon College opens new home


February 7, 2013
By Bakers Journal

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img_5577Feb. 7, 2013, Toronto – Bonnie Gordon’s artisanal private
career college has a spacious new home.

In January, The Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts
moved from a 3,000 square foot space to a nearly 10,000 square foot abode in
the former Hilroy plant on Caledonia Road in Toronto.

The industrial space had been sitting empty for years. Gordon
spent seven months custom building the school from the ground up.

“We’re still unpacking boxes; there’s still art to be hung
on the wall,” Gordon says of the open, airy school that has a contemporary
industrialist feel. The school’s new home features three professional kitchens,
a multi-purpose demonstration room and ample room for management and
administrations offices.

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The private career college, which began on the image and
reputation of artisanal cake design, has expanded to include a Confectionary
Arts Diploma (five months), Designer Cakes Certificate (eight weeks), Bakery
Essentials Certificate (13 days) and continuing education classes. She also has
a chocolate program in the works. The school’s programming aims to offer people
artisanal training in condensed time periods that don’t require extended time
away from paying work.

Currently, 95 per cent of her students are post-secondary
grads, says Gordon. Her students have come from destinations as far as Australia,
Turkey, France and Iran.

The private college signed Cacao Barry as its first sponsor.
Prospective students can find the new location at 670 Caledonia Road, unit 100.