Professional Achievements

  • President / Co-founder of the Arizona Culinary Institute
  • Over 30 years of experience as an award-winning chef and culinary educator
  • Established the Arizona Culinary Institute in 2001, awarded ACCSC accreditation in 2008
  • In 2010 and 2015 proudly accepted the School of Excellence Award from the ACCSC
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An executive chef by the tender age of 19, it was obvious from the start that Chef Wilson had a promising career ahead. However, it wasn’t until he combined his two great passions—cooking and teaching— that his destiny became clear. Chef Wilson happily taught at a privately-owned culinary school through the nineties, until it was purchased by a national chain. When he saw the quality of education eroding, he became a man on a mission. Determined to offer what the other schools no longer were; Chef Wilson set out to create a highly individualized program that truly prepared students for the industry. This is how the Arizona Culinary Institute was born.