Local Flavor is brought to you as part of MCC's Institute for the Culinary Arts.
Join chef-instructor Oystein Solberg as he 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
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
Local Flavor is filmed in the Metropolitan Utilities District culinary
theatre. This kitchen is part of the state-of-the-art Institute of the Culinary Arts
building built on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus and opened in 2010. In addition to filming
Local Flavor, the kitchen is used for credit and noncredit classes as well as
workshops and professional development for the industry.