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

Two Columbus Center, Virginia Beach, VA 23462   |    757.493.6700

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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 Virginia Beach is located along the Atlantic Ocean, in a resort city known for sandy beaches, history, and tourism.

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CrAive Restaurant

CrAive Restaurant is the student-run restaurant at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach. The restaurant serves as the dining lab for the school's culinary students, offering a unique combination of real-world and instructional experiences.

Under the supervision of chefs and instructors, students create dishes in the kitchen and run all aspects of the dining room. From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, CrAive Restaurant offers a quality dining experience with international cuisine. Patrons can watch the students in action through the wall of windows that separates the dining room from the kitchen.

For reservations and additional information, call 757.493.6839.

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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 Virginia Beach Instructor’s Photos in “Rolling Stone” The Art Institute of Virginia Beach Instructor’s Photos in “Rolling Stone”

Crystal Huffman, a photography instructor at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, snapped photos that appear in the May 2016 edition of “Rolling Stone” magazine. Her images of the band Pearl Jam, taken at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia, were used in the magazine’s review of the band’s performance and tour.

In addition to teaching at the school, Crystal earned a Bachelor Fine Arts in Photographic Imaging from The Art Institute of Virginia Beach in 2012.

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/2399 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Two Culinary Students from The Art Institute of Virginia Beach to Compete in Italy to Win Urbani Tartufi Truffle Contest Two Culinary Students from The Art Institute of Virginia Beach to Compete in Italy to Win Urbani Tartufi Truffle Contest

Andrea Stevens and JoVonia Newby invited to prestigious 2-week training in Italy, Scholarships to be awarded

Two culinary artists from The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, will soon travel to Italy to compete in a truffle-themed Culinary Contest in Memory of Paolo Urbani. The students are Andrea Stevens, who is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts Management and JoVonia Newby who is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts Management.

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.

Stevens and Newby are one of seven finalist teams 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.

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 Art Institute of Virginia Beach, 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 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 Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, Two Columbus Center, 4500 Main Street, Suite 100, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. © 2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/2401 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is certified to operate in the Commonwealth of Virginia pursuant to Title 23, Chapter 21.1, §23-276.4 of the Code of Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (James Monroe Building, 101 North 14th St; Richmond, VA 23219; 804-225-2600; www.schev.edu).  This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

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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.  

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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Notable alumni

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Rechelle T. Palacios

Rechelle T. Palacios

Interior Designer, New Day Office

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Luke Brigham

Luke Brigham

Chef and Owner, Nouvelle Restaurant

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Chad Krikorian

Chad Krikorian

Interior Designer, Cox, Kliewer & Co

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Katie Alyce Keckley

Katie Alyce Keckley

Pastry Chef, Metro Cuisine

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Nisa Burns

Nisa Burns

Manages her Own Business, Kitchenability

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