New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI)
Founded in July 2013, New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the development and practice of the culinary arts, and to support the growth of the hospitality and tourism industry in the New Orleans region through world-class training and education and the incubation of research and development that will further develop both the culinary arts and the hospitality and tourism industry at large.
NOCHI will be headquartered in the former Artworks building in New Orleans, Louisiana at 725 Howard Avenue off the iconic Lee Circle, where Delgado Community College’s Culinary Center of Workforce Excellence will also be based. A Memorandum of Understanding has been executed by NOCHI, Delgado Community College, University of New Orleans and Tulane University to formalize the commitment from all parties to explore ways in which they can collaborate for the purpose of enhancing existing degrees and programs at each of the respective schools in addition to creating new, complementary offerings at NOCHI, including non-credit courses for the public and other culinary tourism experiences.
NOCHI is looking to round out a small entrepreneurial, start-up team by the end of this year that will finalize its strategic and operating plans, including the design and plan for retrofitting the former Artworks building for purposes of creating a culinary and hospitality institute. NOCHI expects construction to launch in early 2015 with operations coming online in a phased format leading up to a full-scale launch by the Fall 2016 semester.