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High above the busy streets of downtown Haverhill, there’s a hustle and bustle with a rhythm all its own. Mixers whir, knives slice and dice, and timers sound, all while the Merrimack River flows coolly by.

The product of a long-simmering idea to grow a culinary program at the college, the Lupoli Family Institute of Culinary Arts at Northern Essex opened in 2020 and is now offering up a full slate of credit and non-credit classes.

The institute occupies two floors in The Heights, a newly built ten-story luxury building on Merrimack Street. The space includes classrooms, laboratories, and state-of-the-art kitchens—as well as breathtaking views of the river.

Preparing for Careers in Culinary and Hospitality

If you’re interested in a career in the culinary or hospitality fields, Northern Essex—with its affordable tuition and beautiful new facility-is the perfect place to start. The college offers an Associate Degree in Hospitality Management, Associate Degree in Culinary Arts, Certificate in Culinary Arts, and a Certificate in Baking and Pastry.

For more information, contact Enrollment Services, 978-556-3700 or

Non-credit Courses for the Community

Designed for adults looking to brush up on their skills, learn new dishes, and make new connections, the non-credit culinary classes are all taught by industry professionals. Most classes meet on weekday evenings and are a hands-on learning opportunity that includes enjoying the meal when done.

For more information, contact 978-556-3060 or

A Taste of NECC

We are collaborating with our friends at HC Media to produce Taste of NECC, a cooking show featuring Chef Denis Boucher and his talented staff sharing recipes and techniques.

The goal is to spotlight the talent we have and give you some helpful tips that you can use to impress family and friends. These segments are all under 10 minutes.

Watch our first episode, “Roasted Vegetables,” today – with more coming soon!

Fall 2021 - Roasted Vegetables

Join Chef Denis as he prepares a Vegetable Tian with fresh veggies sourced from the Haverhill Farmers Market.

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