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.
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.