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The Art Institute of Tennessee — Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

100 Centerview Drive, Suite 250, Nashville, TN 37214-3439   |    1.615.874.1067

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Our degree programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary help you focus your talents and explore what you’re passionate about. In our collaborative environment, our instructors will guide and mentor you as we help you build the skills you need to start your creative career.

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Pursue your creative degree in a growing, youthful city known for its country music scene

Pursue your creative degree in a growing, youthful city known for its country music scene

The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville is located in the heart of Music City USA. Here you'll be inspired by music and the arts in this growing city.

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Courses Restaurant

Courses Restaurant is a student-run restaurant that's open to the public. Located at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville, Courses Restaurant serves as the dining lab for students in the culinary program, offering a unique combination of real-world experience and instructional content.

Under the direction of professional culinary instructors, culinary students nourish and delight patrons while taking the final steps on their path to becoming culinary professionals. From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, Courses Restaurant is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

For reservations, please contact Courses Restaurant at 615.514.3210 or email mkjacabson@aii.edu.

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Chef Maneet Chauhan Will Be Commencement Speaker, The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta Chef Maneet Chauhan Will Be Commencement Speaker, The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Chef Maneet Chauhan
Commencement Speaker, The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
Friday, June 17 at 11 am 
The War Memorial Auditorium, 301 6th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243

Chef Maneet Chauhan, this year’s commencement speaker, truly brings an international flavor to her work. Her culinary ventures include Chauhan Ale & Masala House, a restaurant featuring globally influenced Indian cuisine and Mantra Artisan Ales, a boutique craft brewery and taproom.

Chef Maneet is an active philanthropist and TV personality—she’s a judge on Food Network’s “Chopped,” competed on “Iron Chef” against Iron Chef Chef Morimoto, and appeared in “The Next Iron Chef” competition. Chef Maneet is a James Beard Award for Excellence recipient and author of Flavors of My World, a book chronicling her culinary journey.

She was was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the 2014 Easter Egg Roll Hunt, and is an invited member of Indiaspora, an organization that recognizes the top 100 influential Indian American's in the United States. Chef Maneet also sits on the Board of Society of Fellows of Culinary Institute of America and is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. She’s a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in restaurants both domestically and abroad. 

Her media accolades include write-ups in Bon Appetit, Wine Enthusiast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Post, Times of India, The Telegraph, Crain's Business, O- The Oprah Magazine, and Fortune Small Business. In addition to her appearances on Food Network programs, she’s been featured on ABC's “The View,” NBC’s “TODAY,” Lifetime Channel's “Designing Spaces,” and Fox News

Residents of Nashville know her best for her restaurants, Chauhan Ale & Masala House and Mantra Artisan Ales. Chauhan Ale & Masala House has been a Nashville staple since October 2014. Mantra Artisan Ales is a partnership with brewmaster Derrick Morse and features globally inspired, high quality craft beers with daring flavor profiles.

Chef Maneet’s energy, creativity, culinary skills, and courage to follow her passion have proven to be the right ingredients for success in the competitive culinary industry. She lives in Nashville with her husband and two children, and is planning to open to two restaurant concepts later this year.

The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several Institutions includes in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, 100 Centerview Drive, Suite 250, Nashville, TN 37214. ©2016 The Art Institutes. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville is authorized for operation by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

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Culinary Students from The Art Institutes System of Schools Compete in Italy to Win Urbani Tartufi Truffle Contest Culinary Students from The Art Institutes System of Schools Compete in Italy to Win Urbani Tartufi Truffle Contest

Fourteen students invited to prestigious 2-week training in Italy, Scholarships awarded

[Pittsburgh, PA, March 28, 2016] Fourteen culinary artists from The Art Institutes are on their way to Italy to compete in a truffle-themed Culinary Contest in Memory of Paolo Urbani. The contest challenges culinary students from across North America, in teams of two, to create new and original ideas for dishes that feature truffles as their main ingredient.  The truffles are provided exclusively and directly by Urbani Tartufi. 

The contest reflects the continuing commitment by Urbani Tartufi truffles to bring awareness to the culture of truffle and its ancient history. Urbani Tartufi is respected worldwide for representing the best in truffle sourcing and processing. Through this culinary competition, young chefs are provided the opportunity to develop and improve their professional skills while achieving sensory and emotional enrichment.  

To reach the competition finals, 50 teams of students created two dishes—a “chef’s choice” (savory or sweet) and a main course. Recipes and photos of the finished dishes were submitted for consideration and judged based on principles of originality, creativity, and innovation. Each submission was scored on a 100-point scale. Of the 50 teams admitted to the contest, seven teams were chosen as finalists.

The seven finalist teams were awarded scholarships by the Paolo Urbani Foundation to participate in a two-week, full immersion culinary course on Italian Cuisine at UDS (Università dei Sapori), in Perugia, Italy from March 30 – April 8. There, they’ll recreate their truffle-inspired recipes, which will be judged by a jury of chefs and professionals from the world of gastronomy. Three winning teams will be awarded first, second, and third prize. Additionally, Urbani Tartufi reserves the right to market the first place creation as one of its own, new products.  

“Traveling to Italy and cooking with Urbani Tartufi truffle—one of the world’s most sought-after culinary delicacies—is an exciting opportunity for our culinary students to build their experience in preparing international cuisine,” said Tim Moscato, Chief Operating Officer, The Art Institutes. 

According to the Paolo Urbani Foundation, the competition is a statement of confidence and investment in the professional future of the students and a means to help them deepen their knowledge of a precious product as well as to continue to pass on the history of Paolo Urbani, his land, and his legacy.

In addition to the scholarship, winners also earn a trip to the “Truffle Experience at Urbani Tartufi,” which consists of an exclusive journey in the world of truffles. The experience begins in Umbria and culminates at the Accademia del Tartufo, the first school on truffles, where professional chefs will hand down their knowledge in the art of cooking truffles.

The students from The At Institutes are all currently working toward culinary degrees. They include:

The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University

Mark Serpas, Associate of Science, Baking & Pastry

Maria Alcantar, Bachelor of Science, Culinary Management

The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University

Christopher Heinlein, Bachelor of Science, Hospitality Food & Beverage Management

Timothy San Pedro, Associate of Science, Culinary Arts

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Rachel Walton, Associate of Science, Baking & Pastry

Samantha Santti, Associate of Science, Baking & Pastry

The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design

Devin Davis, Bachelor of Arts, Culinary Management

Kirsten Mathers, Associate of Arts, Culinary Arts

The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Chris Greer, Associate of Arts, Culinary Arts

Rebekah Leatherwood, Bachelor of Science, Culinary Arts Management

The Art Institute of Vancouver

Pavlik Ricalde, Culinary Arts Diploma

Bailey Allan, Culinary Arts & Restaurant Ownership Advanced Diploma

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Andrea Stevens, Bachelor of Science, Culinary Arts Management

JoVonia Newby, Bachelor of Science, Culinary Arts Management

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons

The Art Institute of Michigan is teaming up with the Rachael Ray Show to provide cooking lessons to the students enrolled at Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. During filming of the Rachael Ray Show’s Thanksgiving episode, on Monday, November 16, Ray unveiled a completely renovated kitchen for the students, complete with new appliances and a study space. To help Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program get the most out of this new kitchen, The Art Institute of Michigan is going to provide four lessons/demos on healthy eating and nutrition at the gym throughout the next year. 

Three culinary instructors from The Art Institute of Michigan appeared on the show to announce the gift of the cooking lessons, and the episode will air Wednesday, November 25. In the Detroit area, please tune into WDIV-TV at 2pm. For additional times and channels, visit http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show-info/showtimes/.

For more information on Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, visit http://downtownyouthboxing.org/

Read more about the filming on Detroit Free Press:  http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/11/16/rachel-ray-laila-ali-downtown-detroit-boxing-gym/75905200/

The Art Institute of Michigan is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Michigan, 28175 Cabot Drive, Novi, MI 48377. © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

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Argosy University, Nashville and The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville Demonstrate Support for Students and Employees Serving in the National Guard and Reserve Argosy University, Nashville and The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville Demonstrate Support for Students and Employees Serving in the National Guard and Reserve

(NASHIVILLE, TN, May 22, 2015)   Argosy University, Nashville and The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, signed a statement of support with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office that develops and maintains employer support for guard and reserve services. Dr. Roger Widmer, President of Argosy University, Nashville and Greg Chapman, Interim President of The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville signed the pledge in a ceremony held at Argosy University, Nashville on May 21, joined by representatives from ESGR.


All Argosy University and Art Institutes schools in the United States signed the pledge, declaring their commitment to highlight the unique skills that service members bring to the workforce while supporting employment opportunities for guardsmen, reservists and veterans.


By signing the Statement of Support, these schools pledge to:

Fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).  

Provide managers and supervisors the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the guard and reserve. 

Appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and encourage opportunities to hire guardsmen, reservists and veterans.

Continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war. 


 “Today supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units,” said Tom Bullock, Chief of Employer Outreach for ESGR. “The ESGR Statement of Support program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s efforts to gain and maintain employer support.”


The program will increase employer support by encouraging participating employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. “Argosy University, Nashville and The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville are setting a high standard for all employers and educational institutions to follow by providing support of veterans, many of whom currently serve in the National Guard and Reserve,” added Bullock.

For more information, contact Director of Military and Veterans Affairs, Barbara O’Reilly, at boreilly@edmc.edu or (651) 846-3374.


About Argosy University, Nashville

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Argosy University, Nashville, 100 Centerview Drive, Suite 225, Nashville, TN 37214. ©2015 Argosy University. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.


About The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville 

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville, 100 Centerview Drive, Suite 250, Nashville, TN 37214. ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.


About ESGR

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense office established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.  

More information about ESGR Employer Outreach is available at www.ESGR.mil or by contacting Tom Bullock, Chief, Employer Outreach, at (571) 372-0709, or by email at thomas.s.bullock6.civ@mail.mil.

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