There aren't many universities that can offer the experience of a culinary education along with a college education at the same time. Nicholls State University in Thibodaux can now proudly say they do that in a beautiful brand new facility.

As part of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute students at Nicholls State can learn the ins and outs of Cajun, Creole, and Louisiana cooking, as well as techniques in other styles of food preparation.

A state of the art 12.6 million dollar complex will be in use for the first time today when students return to class. The 33-thousand square foot Lanny D. Ledet culinary arts building will be replacing the former 9-thousand square foot facility culinary students had used in the past.

The new building boasts six different kitchens plus a classroom and study area. It is hoped that this new facility will bring more students in to Nicholls State since the tuition is far less than most other schools that offer a similar curriculum. The new facility will also allow the school to offer classes to more students since the culinary arts department was limited by physical space in the old facility.