CRISTINA JURI ARENCIBIA
IN EL NUEVO HERALD
With authorities of the city of Doral and San Ignacio College, as well as distinguished speakers, in attendance, the culinary school recently celebrated its 4th anniversary.
Four years ago, the San Ignacio de Loyola Education Corporation, whose corporate headquarters are in Peru, embarked on an ambitious education project in the United States. Gastronomy was the key that enabled it to open the door to the metropolis of Miami. In 2008, the Don Ignacio Culinary Arts School, a boutique culinary school, opened in the city of Doral.
“In 2010, our commitment to offer a different kind of education led us to become San Ignacio College, offering an innovative Associate of Science in Culinary Arts program,” explained Raúl Diez CansecoTerry, founding president of the San Ignacio de Loyola Corporation and founder of the school. “This program has strategic alliances with leading institutions in the world of culinary arts, such as France’s Institut Paul Bocuse and Ecole Lenôtre, Spain’s Escuela de Hostelería Hofmann and Peru’s Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola School of Culinary Arts,” he remarked.
Diez Canseco Terry also mentioned that accreditation of the college by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) this year marked the beginning of a new phase for San Ignacio College in terms of diversification of the programs offered, as well as its expansion to a new building, which is scheduled to open in early 2013. It will be the tallest building in the area.
To date, 38 students have graduated from the school in Doral, and 26 of them are currently working in the culinary industry, whether as private chefs, employees of catering companies or line cooks supervising a specific area of a kitchen.
Classes are taught in English and Spanish. Whenever necessary, translation is provided. The school also offers private classes for students who have difficulties with either language.
The event was also attended by Mey Hofmann, founder of the internationally known Escuela de Hostelería Hofmann in Barcelona, Spain. During her visit to Doral, Hofmann had numerous opportunities to interact with San Ignacio College students and to share her ample experience. In the year 2004, Restaurante Hofmann obtained a Michelin star.
During the event, guests were treated to mini portions of papa a la huancaína, some always welcome Peruvian-style ceviche, creme brulée and chocolate-coated almond cookies.
San Ignacio College is located at 10395 NW 41 St., Doral, telephone (305) 629-2929.