Wednesday, August 26, 2009

One of AiD's Own, Van Hurd, is featured on Hell's Kitchen!

Van Hurd is a 2008 Culinary Arts Alum from The Art Institute of Dallas and is currently being featured as a contestant of the hit reality show, Hell’s Kitchen!

Additionally, Van is the “Chef de Tournant”, also known as the Roundsman or Swing Cook in the French Room at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The legendary Dallas hotel has earned Gourmet magazine’s top ranking for the Dallas/Fort Worth region for three consecutive years and includes a wine list that recently earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.

Van is a member of the Texas Chefs Association and enjoys volunteering his services and skills when he has extra time.

When asked which instructor has influenced him the most, he couldn’t choose just one and named Chef Mesch, Chef Pilat and Chef Savoie.

If he could give students and other alum advice, he states “"If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen", Harry S. Truman.” This is what has got me through a lot.”

Watch Van every Tuesday, 8/7c on FOX!

Monday, August 24, 2009


Welcome to our new Alumni/Career Services Informational Blog! As a resource to graduates of The Art Institute of Dallas, we will be continually posting alumni-related information and will invite Guest Bloggers to provide inside-information. Please email Nicole at if you would like to ask a question or suggest a topic. Also, ALWAYS feel free to leave comments.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Don't Forget...

As an Ai Dallas alum, you are eligible for the jobs on the AiD student job board. If you find a job you are interested in just email me the job id# and I can send you the job info. EASY!

Get Connected!

If you are not already a member of the alumni community, you can visit to sign up on the national Ai alumni website. Once a member, you can have access to tons of resources such as:

Online Directory: Find a former classmate or view/update your info
Events Calendar: View all events that are taking place with all Ai schools
Class Notes: Post info about yourself and read info on other alumni
Career Center: Search job listings that are posted by alumni coordinators and employers

Also – a NEW and exciting feature on Alumni Connections – Vault Online Career Library!

Vault is the world’s leading source of career information. It will make your efforts at researching employers, industries, and career subjects easier and more efficient. This new online resource contains:

-Career Guides and Employer Profiles in PDF format
-50 Company Profiles
-3,000+ Career Advice Articles
-Industry and Occupational Profiles
-Access to Vault Message Boards for insider information
-And more!

And is available to Ai Alumni for FREE!