Brightwater Welcomes Public and Chef Iyer for Demonstration


It will put Northwest Arkansas on the map for food enthusiasts and professionals around the world.

Brightwater culinary school in Bentonville is ready to host some of the world’s biggest and best foodies.

Dr. Glenn Mack is the Executive Director for Brightwater NWACC. He said, “It’s been many years in planning. But with community leaders and some visionary leadership, a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation, we were able to open this school within 8th street market.”

Hundreds of students started classes at this one of a kind culinary facility last week.

From learning the art of baking to brewing your own beer students can choose from a wide range of interests.

Dr. Mack said, “So we offer culinary arts, pastry arts, and beverage arts. But among the many things that makes us different is one, where we’re situated. We’re going to be in a market surrounded by other food beverage and entertainment businesses.”

Not only is Brightwater opening their doors to students. They’re also opening their doors to chef and author Raghavan Iyer who’s showing them several different ways to eat potatoes.

Raghavan Iyer said, “It’s an obsession of mine. It has been ever since I was a child. And I just thought it was natural and finally I got the chance to do a book all about potatoes. And to me it’s like why not because it’s the fourth largest crop in the world.”

Raghavan said something as simple as a potato can be fixed a dozen different ways to fit palates all across the globe.
Coming up with new ways of cooking such a simple thing is one of the reasons he loves what he does.

Iyer said, “I fell in love with creating and coming up with these interesting flavors over the years.”

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