The public is invited to experience the industry-leading approach of the Arizona Culinary Institute at an Open House on Saturday, January 17. Chef Instructors will be giving tours of the school from 9 a.m. to noon, and Admissions and Financial Aid Representatives will be on hand to answer questions from prospective students and their families.

This event represents a no-pressure way to get a taste of what it’s really like to be a chef at a school dedicated to traditional French cooking techniques, but also welcoming of Modernist Cuisine. Arizona Culinary Institute is located at 10585 North 114th Street in Scottsdale, AZ 85259 (116th Street & Shea).

Arizona Culinary Institute offers several start dates per academic calendar year. The day program has eight starts a year (about every six weeks), while ACI’s evening program has four starts per year. The next Day Program start date is February 17, while the next Night Program start date is March 30.

“I invite you to join us here on campus on January 17 to experience first-hand our highly individualized program that truly prepares students for the industry,” notes Arizona Culinary Institute President and Cofounder, Chef Robert Wilson. “Our students are finished in a restaurant setting in our own du Jour Restaurant, and our placement rates are unrivaled.”

Chef Christopher Wolf will be conducting a special Molecular Gastronomy Class at ACI on the day of the Open House, available for current students or alumni of ACI. This course will cover some of the most cutting-edge techniques currently being performed in the culinary arts, including Sous-Vide (under vacuum); liquid nitrogen techniques for freezing ice cream; powders, foams and froths, and Spherification, a culinary process of shaping a liquid into spheres.

“At the heart of ACI is a commitment to the core values of traditional French cooking, combined with modern techniques,” notes Chef Wolf. “Restaurants are hiring and now it’s a perfect time to kick-start your career in this dynamic field.”