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

Parkside at Tampa Bay Park - 4401 North Himes Avenue, Suite 150, Tampa, FL 33614-7086   |    1.813.873.2112

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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 Tutored Chef Restaurant

The Tutored Chef Restaurant is a student-run restaurant that's open to the public. Located at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tampa, The Tutored Chef 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, The Tutored Chef Restaurant is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

For reservations, please contact The Tutored Chef Restaurant at 813.393.5395

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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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Fashion Marketing & Management Students Work Tampa Woman’s Club Show Fashion Marketing & Management Students Work Tampa Woman’s Club Show

A select group of Fashion Marketing & Management (BA) students from The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, recently worked at the GWFC (General Federation of Woman’s Clubs) Tampa Woman’s Club Fashion Show. The event took place at the Renaissance Vinoy International Plaza in Tampa and featured local news anchors and government officials as models.

Before the event date, the students spent their free time helping to select, style, and pull merchandise—as well as worked on fitting celebrity models and coordinating the line-up.

All students are working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Marketing & Management. Students Jennifer Maldonado and Aaliyah Norman collaborated as stage managers to ensure that the dressers were on top of changes and the models were in order. Paige Tendler and Tania’ja Terry both supervised the juniorettes from the Woman’s Club, who were volunteering as dressers.

Recent graduate Katherine Lethers, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Marketing & Management in 2016, was assigned to work with the male models.

See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/4448 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 Tampa’s Fashion Marketing & Management Students Shine on the Runway at the GFWC Tampa Woman’s Club Fashion Show The Art Institute of Tampa’s Fashion Marketing & Management Students Shine on the Runway at the GFWC Tampa Woman’s Club Fashion Show

A host of Tampa celebrities, journalists and government officials gathered at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club on Saturday, April 16 to walk the runway. Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Marketing &Management students from The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, styled and fit models, pulled merchandise and coordinated the line-up in the GFWC Tampa Woman’s Club “Fashionollia 68” fashion show. 

Ai Tampa students, Jennifer Maldonado and Aaliyah Norman worked together as stage managers to make sure the dressers were on top of clothing changes and the models were in order and on time. Katherine Lethers managed the male models. Lethers graduated in March 2016 and is a former assistant manager at Men’s Wearhouse. Paige Tendler and Tania’ja Terry, who are also Fashion Marketing & Management students, supervised the ‘juniorettes’ from the Women’s Club.

The student’s  work and Ai Tampa received rave reviews. “If your child is interested in a career in fashion, this is the school to send them to,” said Joann Guagliardo, owner of First Impressions.

The high-profile event featured WFLA News channel 8’s Gayle Guyardo and Leigh Spann, Fox 13’s Walter Allen, Tampa City Council members, Guido Maniscalco and Lisa Montelione, and Commissioner  Sandy Murman, all of whom modeled the fashions.

Students had an opportunity to impress and connect with local retailers including: Kit’s Well-Dressed, Chico’s , JMcLaughlin and Men’s Wearhouse.

See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/4448 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Photography Student’s Work Featured in Pro Wrestling Magazines Photography Student’s Work Featured in Pro Wrestling Magazines

Pam Winslow, a current student working toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Photography, recently had her work featured in two Pro Wrestling magazines. Pam attends The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design.

The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, 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 Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, Parkside at Tampa Bay Park - 4401 North Himes Avenue, Suite 150, Tampa, FL 33614-7086.  © 2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/1736 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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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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Joshua Zeff

Joshua Zeff

Graphic Designer, J&R Bicycles

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Hector G.  Robles

Hector G. Robles

Project Lead and Game Designer, Unknown.com Inc

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AJ Mangas

AJ Mangas

Line & Banquet Cook , Carlouel Yacht Club

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Allison Grayce Nold

Allison Grayce Nold

Interactive Art Director, Roger West Creative and Code

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Katie Skiba

Katie Skiba

3D Modeler , Media Lab 3D Studio

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