Georgian College students spent their weekend building a huge hospital – one that happens to be edible.

Students in the Culinary Management course baked and constructed a gingerbread replica of Barrie’s Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre over the weekend.

The gingerbread hospital will be auctioned off to raise money for Barrie Hospice as well as the Junior Muskoka and District Chefs Association.

Culinary Management student Chris Sheridan says that building the hospital was a challenge, but one that he enjoyed.

“Assembling it is very technical,” he said. “If you are nervous and shaking, then the pieces might fall, so you have to be calm and concise with the piping and gingerbread tiles. There's at least 45 different pieces to this hospital and each part has to go just so, otherwise it won't hold together and look like a hospital. It is quite an interesting feat. This is the most fun project that I've worked on at the college so far."

The project was also a way to help the aspiring chefs further their skillsets.

Twelve chefs spent about 20 hours over the weekend baking, icing, and perfecting the hospital.