Foodies and aspiring chefs love Miami-Dade College’s Miami Culinary Institute. Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus is a powerhouse in the Downtown Miami community and the institution just keeps on growing. In April they opened the Miami Culinary Institute, a welcome addition to the already well-rounded institution. It’s a great place for condo dwellers in neighboring Brickell and along Biscayne Boulevard near the Omni area to consider for evening and weekend classes or even dinner.
Their goal, according to the Institute’s website, is to “serve up food, culture and innovation.” They offer three main components – a 64-credit Associate in Science in Culinary Arts Degree, continuing education for culinary professionals, and a food and beverage enthusiast education program called “Culinarium” with classes like The Nuts and Bolts of a Sustainable Garden and To Russia With Love! The courses, programs and even the building are rooted in sustainability and eco-culinary approaches.
Developing those courses and programs is an impressive group of the world’s top professional chefs who make up the school’s Chef Council. The Who’s Who list of chefs includes Michelle Bernstein, Norman Van Aken, Michael Schwartz, Allen Susser, Douglas Rodriguez, Jose Andres, Cindy Hutson, Phillippe Ruiz and Rudi Sodeman – all established and legendary names in the restaurant industry and leaders in the sustainable food movement.
The state-of-the-art building features general kitchen labs, a baking lab, a food and beverage theatre, a first floor bakery and café and appropriately an organic garden which will yield crops to be used throughout the campus.
The Institute is now also home to Tuyo Restaurant, led by Executive Chef Norman Van Aken who is the perfect choice being that he’s one of the innovators of “New World Floribbean” cuisine and at Tuyo they’re serving up “an exquisite fusion of new world flavors.” One of their signature dishes is the pan cooked fillet of Key West yellowtail with malaber spinach from the school’s organic garden with citrus butter sauce and garlicky mashed potatoes. Housed on the eight-story building’s top floor means views from Tuyo are spectacular, providing a panoramic look at the many condominiums in the area as well as the landmark icon, the Freedom Tower.
MCI is the perfect spot for foodies to hone their cooking skills and enjoy a delicious dinner at a restaurant with a menu devised by one of South Florida’s premier chefs. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the restaurant will benefit the school’s programs.
To learn about condos in the area near Miami Culinary Institute contact one of our agents at 877-852-6636.