MDC’s Miami Culinary Institute Collaborates with Quinoa Global Foundation to Award Scholarships

Miami, Oct. 19, 2016Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) is collaborating with renowned Chef Rosa Polo, president of the Quinoa Global Foundation, on the anniversary of her successful attempt at creating the largest quinoa bowl for the Guinness Book of World Records. With a mission to educate and enlighten people on the nutritional value of quinoa, the Quinoa Global Foundation will award $8,000 in scholarships to the top four student winners of a quinoa cooking competition.

Quinoa, which is known as the “sacred grain” in Peru, is an inexpensive grain which grows easily and can be quickly prepared. The Quinoa Global Foundation focuses on impoverished and underserved communities.

As part of this collaborative learning experience, MCI students will participate in a culinary competition to further promote the use of quinoa. This competition provides a vehicle for the next generation of chefs to incorporate and influence the use of this great product into their cuisines. In recognition of their efforts, the Global Quinoa Foundation will give $8,000 in scholarships to the top four winners.

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., the Consul General of Peru in Miami, the Honorable César E. Bustamante Llosa, among other dignitaries, city officials and community leaders will join MCI faculty and students to learn all about quinoa at a special event at MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave, Room 6100. Scholarship winners and recipes will be announced.

On Friday, Oct. 28, the scholarship finalists and Quinoa Global Foundation members will serve lunch to the residents of Camillus House, 1603 N.W. Seventh Ave.

For more information, please contact Jesus Vazquez, 305-237-3890,