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The Miami Culinary Institute

Students cooking at MCI

The Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) at Miami Dade College is making strides in expanding its connections across Miami – a win-win for both the community and aspiring chefs.

From the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami Marlins and Taste of Miami to Susan G. Komen and a new festival at Bayside Marketplace, MCI’s new local partnerships are giving students more opportunity to learn while working in the field. Each year, extra support from these and other community partners also helps fund student scholarships. Last fall, 31 students received scholarships awards to help offset tuition expenses.

MCI’s connection to Miami’s hospitality industry and its hands-on, workforce-oriented culinary education continues to attract more students every year. Offering an associate degree in Culinary Arts Management and a wide range of certifications, MCI prepares students to be restaurant and line ready. And that’s exactly what Miami’s growing hospitality industry is looking for in its new talent, according to Culinary Chair Chef Collen Engle. MCI has graduated more than 175 certificate and diploma students, with many going on to open their own restaurants.

"MCI is a driving force, teaching our future professionals how to use the latest technologies, providing a unique curriculum with experienced educators and revitalizing our relationship with the community," Engle said.

In addition to career-track programs, MCI offers a non-credit food and wine series for culinary enthusiasts. Distinguished chefs, sommeliers, and beverage producers perform entertaining and educational demonstrations as part of its Culinarium, MCI’s Enthusiast Learning Series. These classes focus on several areas including general culinary arts, baking and pastry, wine, health and wellness, cake decoration and wedding cakes, amongst many others.

For more information or to enroll at MCI, visit or call 305.237.3276.

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