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Miami Dade College’s Acclaimed Miami Culinary Institute and Italian Multimedia Giant Gambero Rosso Enter Partnership

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(L - R) Gambero Rosso President Paolo Cuccia and MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón sign agreement. Back row: Trina Eriksson of Gambero Rosso and MDC Wolfson Campus President Dr. Jose A. Vicente.

Miami, February 20, 2014 - TheMiami Culinary Institute (MCI) at Miami Dade College (MDC) and Gambero Rosso Holding SpA, the leading food and wine publisher and educator in Italy, held a ceremony today and signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a new partnership that will allow students access to Gambero Rosso’s “Città del Gusto” (City of Taste) cooking schools in Rome, Catania, Palermo, Turin, Naples, and Milan. The MCI will be the exclusive educational partner of Gambero Rosso in the Eastern U.S.

The agreement was signed by MDC President Eduardo J. Padrón and Gambero Rosso President Paolo Cuccia. MDC Wolfson Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente was also present to commemorate this historic collaboration, as was Italy’s Consul General in Miami Adolfo Barattolo.

“This partnership will explore innovative initiatives to share food and wine education and entertainment programming between MCI, Gambero Rosso Channel and MDC TV, the college’s television station,” Dr. Vicente said. “Program activities will be based on several key objectives, including promoting exchange and internship opportunities; supporting innovation of new programs; sharing knowledge, culture and tradition of the culinary arts and wine industry; sharing best practices; and establishing a Gambero Rosso scholarship for MCI students, among others.”     

Gambero Rosso is an Italian multimedia company that offers a unique selection of courses, masters programs, magazines, guides, and a television channel. Its unique “Città del Gusto” centers are located in six main cities, where professional and public cooking classes, as well as tasting and show cooking events, are held. For 26 years, Gambero Rosso has been the institution that better represents Italian-made food and wine, tasting and certifying quality and organizing prestigious international events. The Gambero Rosso culinary school is educating a new generation of chefs and critics.

MCI is a recipe for culinary excellence in the 21st Century. Mixing classic skills and innovative techniques used by the world's best chefs, the MCI offers an educational experience that is at the forefront of the industry. The curriculum is designed to prepare students with real-world knowledge and expectations. Through a focused infusion of green-sustainable food and energy technologies, nutrition and culinary knowledge, the goal is to create professionals who will evolve the world's food culture and, in doing so, provide a happier, healthier population and planet.

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