News & Events

  • 03
  • Aug2010

The Birth of a Bratwurst

In today’s meat fabrication class on charcuterie, students learned to make pork/veal bratwursts. They started with the grinding of the meat and then encasing it in pork hanks. Students tied them into individual brats, grilled them, and served them at today’s family meal for the students and faculty. Culinary School is Great! Check out the Pictures.

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  • 02
  • Aug2010

Chef Spotlight | Scott Meyer

Chef Scott Meyer, instructor for the Advanced Pastry and Showpieces class, grew up in San Jose, California. His first illustrious career was in the Navy, where he went to language school and learned Russian, thus enabling him to become a Russian interpreter. When it came time to re-enlist, he started looking at other career options and

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  • 22
  • Jul2010

Lobster Lesson #1 Receiving, Blanching and Shocking

ACI Chef Instructor Hamodi Siam demonstrates how to properly receive, identify, blanch and shock fresh lobsters in this 5 minute video. Click here to view Enjoy

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  • 19
  • Jul2010

Getting Fresh

Going green has been a trend that has gained a huge following, and a ton of momentum in the last few years.  Recently, going green has expanded to encompass everything from sustainability to health.  The Slow Food Movement has been the lead in promoting sustainable food production and awareness of “at risk” food.  The Slow Food

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  • 17
  • Jul2010

ACI | Fabricating Fish

Here is a sneak peek inside ACI's Meat Fabrication and Saucier class, taught by Chef Siam. In this video, he gives the students step by step instructions on how to get the best cuts of filet out of a whole grouper fish. Enjoy! ACI | Fabricating Grouper

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  • 15
  • Jul2010

3 ACI Students Selected to Compete in the Minor’s Chef Challenge

Today 10 finalists were selected to compete on July 31, 2010 in the Minors 100% Natural Chefs Challenge. Of the 10 finalists 3 were selected from ACI. Honors Graduate Faith Wipperman, Current student Renatta Sanchez and November 2010 Student Justin Richardson. They will compete with 7 other chefs in their chance to win $1000. Grand Prize.

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  • 15
  • Jul2010

ACI’s Management and Hospitality Hosts Special Guests

On Monday 7,13,2010 the ACI Management Class enjoyed lunch in du Jour Restaurant. As part of their curriculum they have to write a critique on their experience. They also were joined by special guests Keith Underwood, former general manager of Phoenix Country Club and Urs Schwank, former General Manager of luxury hotel.

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  • 15
  • Jul2010

ACI students tour Passport Coffee Roasters of Arizona

The ACI management class toured the Passport Coffee Roasters of Arizona facility. They are certified Organic Coffee Processor and the leading roaster of premium gourmet coffee in the state.  The students learned about tea and tea blends as well as espresso and cappuccino making.  The du Jour restaurant features the Swiss blend and Tropicana tea from

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  • 14
  • Jul2010

ACI To Form New Junior Competition Culinary Team

Arizona Culinary Institute is in the process of forming the 2010-2011 Junior Competition Culinary Team. Coached by Chef Philip Sayre CEC, CCE, WCI, CPI. and managed by Chef Glenn Humphrey CEC, CCE. Candidates will be selected after a cooking tryout that will take place in the upcoming weeks. This Culinary Team will then compete at American

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  • 08
  • Jul2010

ACI | Pastry Projects

Tuesday July 6th marked the first day of new culinary classes at ACI. By day three of culinary school, students were already creating astounding edible creations. Here are some photos from the Advanced Pastry class where Chef Meyer is instructing the new students how to pull sugar and decorate cakes like a pro! [gallery]

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