Honored Chef Shares Culinary Advice with North Miami Students Johnson & Wales second Distinguished Visiting Chef brings experiences to the classroom

North Miami, Fla. – Feb. 18, 2008 – Tony Miller, executive chef at Latitude 41 Restaurant, a Dean James Max Destination Restaurant at The Columbus, A Renaissance Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, believes in striving for perfection in his kitchens. On Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, he brought his passion for food to the plates of 60 guests at Johnson & Wales University, alongside more than 30 culinary arts students who assisted him in preparing and serving some of his favorite meals that evening.

MillerWhether rolling up his sleeves and jumping into an XBox tournament with students or sharing industry experience, Miller demonstrated a passion for cooking and teaching. His top tips for future chefs included always keep a clean kitchen and the importance of flavoring food, and knowing your ingredients for doing so.

"Every layer of flavor deserves its own salt and seasoning," Miller said. "If you do it properly, people will taste the flavor band. That’s what makes a great chef a great chef."

His culinary career has included positions at the JW Marriott Resort & Spa Summerlin, the Ritz-Carlton Maui, Fort Lauderdale's Harbor Beach Marriott and Café Boulud in Palm Beach.

Proceeds from the Distinguished Visiting Chef dinners benefit JWU's scholarship fund. The recipient of the Tony Miller Distinguished Visiting Chef scholarship was Quintin Nelson of Daytona Beach, a sophomore pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts, was among more than 40 students who got to work with Miller. Nelson received his award during the Feb. 1 dinner.

Johnson & Wales University, founded in 1914, is a nonprofit, private institution. A recognized leader in career education, we offer accredited degrees in business, hospitality, culinary arts, technology and education. With a diverse student body of more than 16,000 graduate and undergraduate students, representing all 50 states and 89 countries, JWU prepares students for personal and professional success by integrating rigorous academics and professional skills, community leadership opportunities and our unique career education model. The university is committed to urban revitalization and thoughtful historic renovation. Through active civic participation and by offering unique learning opportunities, JWU improves the quality of life in its campus communities in Providence, R.I., North Miami, Fla., Denver, Colo., and Charlotte, N.C. For more information visit www.jwu.edu.