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Local Flavor

Local Flavor has been brought to you as part of MCC's Institute for the Culinary Arts. Chef-instructor Oystein Solberg brings professional-level cooking instruction into Omaha homes and kitchens. With an array of local ingredients from the MCC Horticulture gardens and eastern Nebraska/western Iowa growers and producers, chef Oystein takes home cooks on an exploratory journey from prepping to plating.

Chef-instructor Oystein Solberg

Oystein Solberg

After attending a four-year culinary school in Norway, Oystein Solberg started working his way through Norway. With several years behind the stoves of various Norwegian kitchens, he ended up at the Norwegian Embassy in France. He met a girl from Omaha and followed her to the United States where he eventually found himself at the stoves at the Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College where he is a faculty member. For Local Flavor, chef Oystein creates the recipes and plating for each episode with the goal of bringing a higher level of cooking expertise to the home cook with a focus on using ingredients readily available in the local region.

The Metropolitan Utilities District culinary theatre

MUD Demonstration Kitchen

Local Flavor was filmed in the Metropolitan Utilities District culinary theatre. This kitchen was part of the state-of-the-art Institute of the Culinary Arts building built on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus in 2009. The kitchen has been remodled and is used for credit and noncredit classes as well as workshops and professional development for the industry.

Watch Local Flavor

There are many episodes to wet your culinary appetite on our MCC YouTube channel.
Local Flavor