Following the signing on February 6, 2014 of the Gambero Rosso  first U.S. Culinary School Partnership with Miami Culinary Institute at Miami Dade College, Dr. José A. Vicente, President of the MDC Wolfon Campus, shared his expectations and views with The South Florida Gourmet. 

dr. jose vicenteSouth Florida Gourmet: What does MDC /MCI expect from the partnership with the prestigious Gambero Rosso?

Dr. José A. Vicente, President, Wolfson Campus, Miami Dade College : Considering the relationship between Gambero Rosso Holding SpA and the Miami Culinary Institute at Miami Dade College, the participating organizations will have special access to Gambero Rosso “Città del Gusto” cooking schools in Rome, Catania, Palermo, Turin, Napoli and Milano for student, Chef, and enthusiast exchange programs both in person and in the form of live interactive international programming.  In doing so, Gambero Rosso has agreed to extend an exclusivity to the Miami Culinary Institute at Miami Dade College as the exclusive educational partner in the Eastern United States.

The partnership will also explore innovative initiatives to share food and wine educational and entertainment programming between the Gambero Rosso Channel, Miami Culinary Institute  and MDC TV (the College’s television station).

SFG: In what ways do you think their participation will enrich the students' experience at MCI?

Dr. José A. Vicente: This partnership will share a common and mutual interest to collaborate in actions to be determined to develop opportunities for our faculty and students to promote actions to improve the students  employment opportunities after graduation.

The scope of this partnership will include a program of activities that will be decided between both parties on the basis of these objectives:

•         To involve the key individuals and the decision makers of both organizations to exchange best practices in culinary curricula for educational innovation as well as in the wine and food entertainment sectors.

•         To promote exchange and internship opportunities between our students.

•         To share the knowledge and culture of the culinary arts and wine industry and their respective traditions with our students and faculty.

•         To establish a Gambero Rosso scholarship in support of Miami Dade College students and to improve the Gambero Rosso Brand in SE America (Florida) .

•           To organize an annual signature event that will continue to bring visibility of this collaboration to both partners and create opportunities for students involvement.

•           To engage in fundraising activities through private funding or grant opportunities in support of student exchange programs and educational program development that will support and strengthen the partnership.

SFGThis week, Gambero Rosso's chef, Adelaide Michelini, will cook at TUYO and implement an Italian menu for the following week. Will she be teaching and training students as well?

Dr. José A. Vicente: Yes, she has been working and training many of our students during the past week when she arrived.  Last weekend, our students participated in the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, and Gambero Rosso’s chef, Adelaide, attended and shared this experience along our faculty and students.

SFG: Do you expect additional participation of Italian chefs throughout the year?

Dr. José A. Vicente: Yes, through exchange opportunities between our faculty and the creation of innovative new programs.  We will also establish a consistent venue for the top chefs of Italy and Gambero Rosso at the Miami Culinary Institute of Miami Dade College.



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