September 2015, Volume 19, Number 4

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Historic Exchange Program

Connecting cultures through the universal language of food, MDC’s Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) welcomed several of Cuba’s finest chefs as part of a cultural exchange program that allowed chefs from Miami and Cuba to share ideas, best practices and a common passion for great cuisine.

Hosted by the Cuba Study Group, the culinary visit was the third in a series of entrepreneurial exchanges designed to connect Cuban entrepreneurs with their American counterparts. During the course of the week, the four promising Cuban chefs took turns working with nearly a dozen Miami host chefs, including Michelle Bernstein of Seagrape and Victor Santos of MDC’s very own world-class Tuyo restaurant.

As part of their visit, the chefs took part in an exciting cooking demonstration for MCI students before joining forces with several of the Miami chefs to prepare a benefit dinner at Tuyo to raise funds for future exchange programs.

“This exchange program was a unique opportunity for me as a person and a chef,” said Tuyo’s Santos. “I was gratified at the chance to learn new techniques, try new flavors and have rewarding conversations with my peers from Miami and Cuba. I tried to absorb as much as I could from these individuals, and it was extremely rewarding to see things from a very different perspective.”


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