MDC’s Acclaimed Miami Culinary Institute Welcomes New Class of Future Chefs

Miami, Feb. 1, 2019 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) state-of-the-art Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) will officially induct a new class of aspiring chefs, who will receive their chef’s coats at a special ceremony at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

This year’s keynote speaker is David J. Hackett, Director of Culinary/Executive Chef at the Biltmore Hotel. Hackett has been the executive chef of many prestigious properties and resorts such as the Westin Diplomat Hotel, Westin Charlotte, Mansion at Forsyth Park, Doral Golf Resort & Spa and the JW Marriott Dubai to name a few.  He has competed and medaled in numerous ACF, Societe Culinaire Philanthropic, Geneva Association Culinary Art salons and NICA Ice carving competitions throughout his career both local and international; including the 1996 IKA Culinary Olympics and the 1998 Le Salon Culinaire International de Londres.

MCI’s Chef’s Coat Ceremony marks the beginning of the students’ journey toward achieving an Associate in Science (A.S.) in culinary arts management and becoming a part of Miami’s dynamic gastronomic scene.

Building on MDC’s rich history as the largest institution of higher education in the country and one of the most celebrated colleges, the Miami Culinary Institute provides students a recipe for culinary excellence in the 21st century. Mixing a blend of classic skills and innovative techniques used by the world’s best chefs, Miami Culinary Institute offers an educational experience that is at the forefront of the industry. Through a focused infusion of green-sustainable food and energy technologies and best practices, nutrition and culinary knowledge, its aim is to create professionals who will evolve the world’s food culture. Learn more at