Chief® Mounts Create Optimum Learning Environment for Culinary School

The Culinary Program at Okanagan College was looking for a better way to demonstrate food handling, preparation and cooking techniques to students. Traditionally, this was accomplished by hanging a large angled mirror above the instructor’s table. The drawback of mirrors, however, is the inability to zoom in for demonstrations of particularly nuanced techniques.


Points West Audio Visual in Kelowna, British Columbia, (and a Chief Certified Partner) has worked with Okanagan College for 20 years — installing interactive boards, projectors, Chief mounts and other solutions. For the culinary room, they chose to install two 60” HD plasma displays using Chief’s Large Flat Panel Ceiling Mounts with adjustable columns and ceiling plates. Canon® HD camcorders hang
from the ceiling and are aimed at the food preparation surface. The two flat screens allow students to see what the instructor is working on at the main prep table. The product reliability and durability of the mount was crucial due to the unique environment and working conditions.

The instructor also has the option to switch the display over to a laptop mounted to a nearby support beam using the Chief Kontour dual arm wall mount (K1W200B) with optional laptop tray KRA300B. This mount was very important to the instructors who needed to be able to access information quickly and easily in addition to providing a comfortable workstation that allows for greater productivity. Rick Ponich, Sales and Customer Service at Points West Audio Visual, said the idea came from setting up similar cameras at a high school to show demonstrations in home economics class. “We brought this to the attention of the college,” Ponich said. “They said this would work really well for the culinary program.”

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