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MDC’s Miami Culinary Institute Students Win People’s Choice Award at BBQ Battle

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MCI students competed for the first time in AIWF's 9th Annual Culinary School BBQ Battle at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale.

Miami, February 1, 2013 - A group of students at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) recently won the People’s Choice Award at the 9th Annual American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) Culinary School BBQ Battle, which drew hundreds of guests and supports student scholarships. It was the first time MCI students competed in the regional competition.  

MCI students’ winning recipe consisted of barbeque brisket slathered with a homemade original sauce, cole slaw and mofongo fritters. They competed against four other top culinary schools.  

“We are very proud of our students that competed in the AIWF BBQ Battle. They worked tirelessly to create the winning recipe and it was evident when they were awarded the People’s Choice Award,” said MCI Director John Richards.”

The BBQ Battle was hosted by the South Florida Chapter of the AIWF at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale. Local chefs and restaurants also offered their best dishes with complemented selections of wine.  The AIWF was established in 1981 by the late Robert Mondavi, the late Julia Child, the late Richard Graff and others to provide a forum for the study and enjoyment of gastronomy.

The Miami Culinary Institute at Miami Dade College 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.


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