Professional Avisory Councils

The Chef’s Council serves as the eyes, ears and voice of the professional culinary world to ensure that Miami Culinary Institute’s curriculum is infused with all the ingredients and expertise to meet and exceed the needs of the industry. Through this involvement, students will gain progressive, real-world knowledge and realistic expectations as they enter the work force.

Chefs on the council will help to continue the school’s vision by weighing in on the latest culinary and food culture trends while partnering with the Institute in the evolution of food culture in South Florida and beyond.

Beverage Council

Through our Beverage Council, we have assembled some of the regions top producers and distributors of wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks to ensure that Miami Culinary Institute’s curriculum and programs are at the forefront of the latest beverage industry trends while still being rooted in traditional technique and practice. Our council currently includes:


Beverage Council


John Devine

Vice President, Devine and Associates

Jeffery Wolfe

Owner, Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe

Ricardo Mendes

Food and Beverage Director, Canyon Ranch, Miami

Charlie Arturaola

Charlie Wines, Chef Sommelier/Wine Educator

Phillip Jarrell

Senior Strategic Sourcer, Beverages, Kerzner International

Christophe Bonjour

National Brand Manager, Picard Vins and Spiritueux

Advisory Board


Dr. Lupe Ferran Diaz

Director MDCPS School Choice & Parental Options

Miguel Farra

CEO/Morrison, Borwn Argiz & Farra

Steve Gasperini

GM /MICROS Solutions

Lynne Hernandez

Regional Director, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association South Florida and Treasure Coast

Wendy Kallergis

President, Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association

Doug Duda

Director, Astor Center NYC; President, International Association of Culinary Professionals

Alvin West

COO, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

Al Salas

CEO, Koening Restaurants Ltl.

Steve Haas

Chairman, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

Alex Anderson

Director of Marketing, Gordon Food Service





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