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MDC’s Miami Culinary Institute to Participate in 10th Anniversary New York Times Travel Show


Miami, January 16, 2013 - Miami Culinary Institute ’s (MCI) Director Chef John Richards, MCI Director of Restaurants Chef Norman Van Aken and student Michael Galadza will participate in Taste of the World 2013 at the 10th Anniversary New York Times Travel Show on Saturday, Jan. 19. The event, which runs Jan. 18 – 20, will feature nearly 500 exhibitors representing more than 150 countries focusing on travel destinations and culinary experiences.

With five separate stages, Taste of the World provides guests exceptional culinary demonstrations and the opportunity to savor a variety of global flavors. Award-winning Chef Van Aken will demonstrate dishes from Tuyo, MCI’s celebrated restaurant, and share some recipes from his new cookbook, My Key West Kitchen

“This is a great opportunity for MCI and our students,” said MCI Director John Richards. “The experience of being on the stage with world-class chefs, including our very own Norman Van Aken, is one we can bring back and share with our students to enhance their education and hands-on training in the culinary world.”  

The Miami Culinary Institute at MDC blends technology, sustainability and world-class education to set the pulse of Miami’s cuisine and food culture innovation. The Institute offers a curriculum steeped in green-sustainable food and energy technologies, the highest quality food and beverage enthusiast programming and customized professional development for corporate and educational partners worldwide.

Tuyo is the crown jewel of the new Miami Culinary Institute, situated on the top floor and offering spectacular views of the bay and Miami skyline. Its breakthrough recipe in the 21st century infuses a trailblazing menu with the Institute’s state-of-the-art approach to the culinary arts, setting the table for food culture innovation by focusing on environmentally sound practices and drawing upon food grown locally and in the Institute’s edible organic garden.


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