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

3601 West Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704-7931   |    1.714.830.0200

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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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The Art Institute of California--Orange County - a campus of Argosy University

The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, is located in the heart of Orange County’s South Coast Metro Region. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to learn in a region that’s attracting aspiring creative artists who seek a beach and city lifestyle.

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5ifty Forks Restaurant

5ifty Forks is a student-run restaurant that's open to the public. Located at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California—Orange County, 5ifty Forks 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 chef professionals, 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, 5ifty Forks is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

For reservations, please contact 5ifty Forks Restaurant at 714.338.1325 or email 5iftyForks@gmail.com.

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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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Erin Campbell, Culinary Grad, Competes to Become “The Next Food Network Star” Erin Campbell, Culinary Grad, Competes to Become “The Next Food Network Star”

Erin Campbell, who in 2010 earned a Baking & Pastry Diploma from The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California—Orange County*, will be a contestant on “The Next Food Network Star.” The new season begins on May 22, 2016.

The contestants will be judged on their skills and their potential star power. Show hosts are Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis.

*As of 2012, a campus of Argosy University.

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/352 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Culinary Alumni Promoted to Concept Manager at California’s “Pizza 90” Culinary Alumni Promoted to Concept Manager at California’s “Pizza 90”

Dylan Marsh, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Food & Beverage Management from The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, was recently promoted to the role of Concept Manager at “Pizza 90.”

Pizza 90 has locations in Irvine and Riverside, California. Dylan is also opening a new concept location called “Royal Hawaiian this summer.”

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/3932 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Orange County Fashion Program Mentioned in Locale Magazine Orange County Fashion Program Mentioned in Locale Magazine

The fashion programs at The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, were recently mentioned in Locale Magazine. Read the story here:

http://localemagazine.com/oc-fashion-week-presented-by-maserati-of-newport-beach/

The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, 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 California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, 3601 West Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704-7931. ©2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.

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Notable alumni

Learn more from some of our grads who’ve made a name for themselves as they talk about their education, their careers, what Creativity for Life means to them, and their advice for aspiring creative professionals.

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Tanner Godarzi

Tanner Godarzi

Frontend developer,Vision Design

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Michael Allan  Craggn

Michael Allan Cragg

Owner and Executive Chef, Temecula Catering

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Autumn Rodriguez

Autumn Rodriguez

Social Media Coordinator, Trixxi Clothing

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Agnieszka Puchala

Agnieszka Puchala

Graphic Designer and Marketing Associate, Los Angeles (DCBID)

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Lauren Kramer

Lauren Kramer

Stereoscopic Artist, Walt Disney Animation Studio

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