Students at The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles, which is in Santa Monica, were treated to a guest lecture by chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, stars of the Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales.

The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles offers training in the culinary arts as well as various graphics fields.

The students asked questions and got firsthand advice from the chefs on how to get started in the restaurant business and how to make good career choices.

Milliken and Feniger are the chefs/owners of Border Grill Santa Monica, Border Grill Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, and Ciudad in downtown Los Angeles.

“Our students benefit greatly when they are given the opportunity to ask questions and interact with accomplished chefs such as Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger,” said chef Christophe Bernard, culinary academy director at The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles.

“In addition to a thorough education, it is very helpful for students to hear success stories in the business and be able to learn firsthand how people get to the level of these two chefs.

“Often, students learn the road to celebrity chef status did not happen overnight and realize that this business requires a lot of hard work,” Bernard said.

Milliken and Feniger’s television careers began in 1993 when they were two of the 16 chefs invited to cook with the legendary Julia Child in her PBS series Cooking with Master Chefs.

The two chefs anchored 396 episodes of the Too Hot Tamales and Tamales World Tour series on the Food Network from 1995 to 1999 and have had several radio shows, including the current In the KFI Kitchen with Mary Sue and Susan, a two-hour Sunday morning talk show on KFI-AM 640 in Los Angeles.

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