MDC’s Miami Culinary Institute Welcomes World Renowned Chefs at Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress

Miami, Aug. 30, 2016 – The acclaimed Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) at Miami Dade College (MDC) will again welcome world-renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adrià alongside an all-star lineup of international chefs for the second annual Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress on Monday, Sept. 26.The event will kick off with other chefs conducting a private demonstration with MCI students at noon followed by the Congress at 6 p.m.

The Congress will include a live cooking demonstration as restaurant insiders learn the latest culinary trends and techniques from other influential chefs from Spain.  Adrià rose to fame as the head chef of elBulli, a three-star Michelin restaurant that has been rated No. 1 among the world’s best restaurants for a record five times by Restaurant Magazine. His avant-garde, deconstructionist cuisine changed culinary history. He is the world’s most awarded chef and winner of “Chef of the Decade” in 2010. Chef Adrià is the brand ambassador for the Barcelona-based brewery Estrella Damm.

Joining Adrià at the Congress to explore the topic of “The Challenge of Contemporary Cuisine” is Jorge Muñoz, head chef at Michelin starred Nikkei restaurant Pakta, part of Albert Adrià’s elBarri Group in Barcelona; Aaron Mulliss, head chef at The Hand and Flowers, which is the first Gastropub to receive two stars in The Michelin Guide and holder of four AA rosettes; and Nick Beardshaw, head chef at The Coach, Tom’s Kerridge’s second venture holding Michelin Bib Gourmand, three AA Rosettes and voted No. 3 Gastropub in the UK.

Estrella Damm will donate a $5,000 scholarship to MCI during the student demonstration at noon.

A selection of Miami restaurants will prepare a culinary experience paired with Estrella Damm from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

MDC’s Miami Culinary Institute has been a regular stop for the world’s top chefs, from the Roca brothers and Juan Mari Arzak to Lidia Bastianich, Scott Conant and many others.

Tickets to the Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress will be available for purchase at


WHAT:            Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress


WHEN:            Monday, Sept. 26

Student Demonstration: Noon

Press Conference with Ferran Adrià: 5 – 5:30 p.m.

Start of the Gastronomy Congress: 6 – 9:30 p.m.


WHERE:         Student Demonstration: MDC Wolfson Campus, Building 9, 3rd Floor

Room 9301, 415 NE Secondnd Ave

Press Conference/Gastronomy Congress: MDC Chapman Conference Center,

Building 3, Room 3210, Second Floor, 245 NE Fourth Street


About Estrella Damm

The Mediterranean Beer: Since 1876, Estrella Damm has been synonymous with Barcelona, its taste infused with the city’s unique cultural expression of food, art, and Mediterranean pace of life.  140 years ago, a young August K. Damm emigrated from Alsace to escape the Franco-Prussian war. The journey took him to the Mediterranean to realize his dreams of doing what he did best: brewing beer. In 1876 he established his own brewery, having crafted a distinctive and evolved beer, suitable for warmer climates, so different to existing central European beers: The Mediterranean Lager.

To this day, Estrella Damm is brewed using the original 1876 recipe and only the best 100% natural ingredients: barley malt, rice and hops. The quality of our ingredients is of the utmost importance and as such, we work closely with local Mediterranean farmers, supplying them with our carefully selected pure seed varieties. Our yeast is unique and it is stored under high security measures and our malt is processed to the strictest standards in our own malthouse, La Moravia.

It takes a minimum of 3 weeks for Estrella Damm to complete the fermentation and production process. This level of care and attention has been recognized through the acclaim and numerous awards won across the globe. Issues such an Oxidation and Microbiological Contamination are overcome by using the most modern packaging technology. And our can and brown bottle protects against ultraviolet radiation, this combined with appropriate cold storage ensures that the beer can be enjoyed as was intended: Mediterráneamente. Visit to learn more.


Estrella Damm Media contacts: Dominique Shiekman,, 786-333-2177 and Maile Gamez,, 305-775-2939