Miami Dade College Homepage > MDC in the News

Miami Culinary Institute Students Gear Up for Real World Success by Completing 8,000 Volunteer Hours


Miami, December 19, 2013 - The renowned Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) at Miami Dade College continues to uphold its reputation for preparing students in the fields of culinary arts and hospitality for career success. This year alone, students have dedicated an unprecedented 8,000 hours to local community events, including prestigious cooking competitions, festivals and high-profile galas. Driven by passion and a yearning to excel in their fields, they’ve devoted late nights and long weekends, and many have worked alongside renowned chefs and top industry hospitality professionals to expand their culinary repertoire while refining their abilities.

“Culinary schools teach students basic cooking skills. What we do at MCI is have the students take those learned skills into real-world settings,” said MCI’s program coordinator, Jesus Vazquez. “We are all very proud of our students’ commitment and the way in which they have represented our school.”

Building on MDC’s rich legacy of professional development, students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities as part of MCI’s Stagiaire program. Some of the events where MCI students have showed off their talents and professionalism and even took home awards include: the Coconut Grove Art Festival, Iron Fork, Great Chefs Colloquium with celebrity chefs such as Michelle Bernstein, Doreen Colandres and Ingrid Hoffman, the American Institute of Food & Wine BBQ Battle, Easter Seals, and the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF).

For more information, contact Jesus Vazquez at 305 237-3890 or

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
ethnicity, pregnancy, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or genetic information.
Contact the Office of Director, Equal Opportunity Programs, ADA and Title IX Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for assistance.