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About NFCI

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) brings the best of both worlds to the table for students and visitors alike.

This 90,000 square foot mixed use facility in a portion of the former Rainbow Mall offers our students the most unique of experiences. Students have access to 7 state of the art teaching kitchens featuring European island cooking suites ... these are dedicated teaching kitchens for NCCC’s culinary and baking and pastry arts students. Special events within the building allow students interested in the hospitality field to gain a real world understanding of what it takes to plan and execute events at a world class facility. And, all students get real-life, hands-on experience in the hospitality industry.

At NFCI, students will learn the latest of techniques from our premier faculty in Baking & Pastry Arts, Brewery Operations, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, and Winery Operations.

Visitors to NFCI can enjoy Savor, a student run upscale dining restaurant with an in-kitchen chef’s table, open hearth oven and exhibition style cooking; an ice sculpting lab; La Patisserie, a European style pastry café; and a Barnes and Noble culinary themed store. Our intimate on campus Cannon Culinary Theatre serves a dual purpose for classroom learning and as a venue for visiting celebrity chefs. Stop by and let us tantalize your taste buds with a tour, a special event or a hands-on class in Mise en Place, our Wegmans sponsored community education kitchen.

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Whether you are thinking about becoming a student or planning a visit, the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute will give you the experience you’ve been craving.

Contact us today and we’ll help you develop a taste for the extraordinary!

NFCI is a division of Niagara County Community College (NCCC). For information about NCCC, please visit:

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Meet Our Educators

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Cathleen Barron, CEPC

Assistant Professor 
Coordinator of Baking & Pastry Arts Program
Baking & Pastry Arts, Chef

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Scott Steiner, CCE, AAC

Assistant Professor
Coordinator of Culinary Arts, Chef


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Benjamin Loomis, CEC

Director of Community Education - Culinary Arts, Chef

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John Matwijkow, CCE

Associate Professor
Culinary Arts, Chef


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Nathan Koscielski, CCE


Culinary Arts, Chef


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Seana Sullivan, CEPC

Technical Assistant
Baking & Pastry Arts

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Dominic Fabrizio

Technical Assistant

Culinary Arts


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Myriah Meyer

Technical Assistant

Baking & Pastry Arts


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Daniel DiPirro




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John Pope


Culinary Arts


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Josh Blumberg

Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs

Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts


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28 Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

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