Innovation on the Island


P.E.I. – The culinary education scene in Atlantic Canada was recently given a shot in the arm as Cavendish Farms announced the official opening of Cavendish Culinary Creation Centre and Canada’s Smartest Kitchen.

“This new facility is a great example of a win-win collaboration with The Culinary Institute of Canada, which is recognized as one of Canada’s best known and most successful culinary training schools,” said Cavendish Farms’s president, Robert K Irving. “We’sll have access to the college’s talented research chefs and their staff, and this partnership will help Cavendish meet customer demand for new and innovative food solutions.”

For Brian McMillan, Holland College president, the partnership is an opportunity for his students to use state-of-the-art equipment and learn different phases of the foodservice product chain. “The major benefit for us is that we will be working directly with industry on innovative yet practical product development ideas for the food-service industry. Partnering with industry is fundamental to our philosophy of training and to our vision for moving forward,” he said.

The Cavendish Culinary Creation Centre shares space with Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, the research arm of The Culinary Institute of Canada, in Holland College’s Tourism and Culinary Centre in downtown Charlottetown, P.E.I.  The Centre includes a state-of-the-art pilot production line with scalable food-processing equipment.

The new facility is the result of financial support from the federal government, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the province of Prince Edward Island, Cavendish Farms and Holland College.


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