02 January 2015

ICCA Dubai Culinary Scholarship

ICCA Dubai proudly presents the Innovative Education - Industry Training Initiative. 


This innovative industry focused Corporate Social Initiative to Train & Certify, talented and deserving but financially underprivlieged young chefs in the UAE Hospitality industry.
The above scholarship initiative will be executed in strategic partnership with the Emirates Culinary Guild, World Chefs (World Association of Chefs Societies) and City & Guilds London.
The program selection panel consists of Chef Andy Cuthbert, Chairman ECG and Young Chefs Development Team for WACS, Chef Uwe Micheel, President of ECG, Chef Alan Pedge, Vice President ECG Abu Dhabi and Mr Sunjeh Raja, Director and CEO, ICCA Dubai will select candidates based on a set criterion.
All candidates will be put through the intensive ICCA Dubai – International Chef Training Program, a City & Guilds London, accredited IVQ Level 2 Qualification, along with other Industry Skills Proficiency Training, through a 52 Week Day Release Program.
The Graduates of the Program will be eligible for WACS Certified Professional Cook, under the World Chefs Global Certification Scheme.
During the 52 week programme, prominent chefs and industry experts will regularly conduct training sessions, imparting skills and knowledge aligned to the industry needs.
Sunjeh Raja, Director and CEO of ICCA presented the initiative saying, “The ICCA Dubai AED 1 Million Culinary Scholarship Award is the culmination of a vision we have had since we first opened our doors 10 years ago. It is a vision that could only be achieved with complete support from the industry and our strategic partners. This programme will completely change the lives of 30 underprivileged chefs a year, while simultaneously boosting the industry with fresh, skilled resources and thereby helping take things to the next level.”
He added that, “With Dubai Expo 2020 rapidly approaching, the UAE tourism and hospitality sector will experience massive growth, with an influx of 139 new establishments, including 91 hotels and 48 hotel apartments to cater to the 25 million expected visitors. We need to show these visitors that our offering is world-class and this is where training is paramount to make the difference. Then there is also a strong need to build a legacy beyond Dubai Expo 2020 and to provide opportunities post-event to help sustain the industry. Training programs should be aligned to the opportunities and economic needs of the future – this is a smart approach to education, one that ties back to the Government’s wider vision of developing a knowledge-based economy. At ICCA Dubai, we are making that a reality.”
Chef Andy Cuthbert, as Chairman, ECG and as The Chairman Young Chefs Development Team for WACS explains, “The entire programme is designed to share knowledge, experience, expertise and capabilities to develop a sustainable workforce and strive for excellence through innovation, developing a socially inclusive working environment for the long-term.  It is a tangible step in bridging skill gaps across the industry. We also recognise the importance in encouraging aspiring chefs to grow their skills to boost their careers within the hospitality industry, and this will give many a chance to fulfil their dreams without having to worry about the financial burden.”
Some of the guest lecturers include: Gary Rhodes (Celebrity Chef & Author), Christian Gradnitzer (Madinat Jumeirah), Sacha Treimer (Atlantis the Palm), Terry Styles (The Conrad Dubai), Michael Kitts (Emirates Academy), Sebastian Nohse (JW Marriot Marquis), Osama El Sayed (Celebrity Chef), Harald Oberander (DWTC) Bobby Krishna (Dubai Municipality) Michael Wunsch (Barakat), Tarek Ibrahim (Master Chef, MLA – Australia), Emiliano Bernsconi (Armani Hotel Dubai) and Roger Frei (Nestle) amongst others.
ICCA Dubai to date has trained over 2800 student chefs and maintains a record of 100% work placement for its students who have been successfully placed both in the UAE hospitality and international Cruise Line industry.
ICCA Dubai also offers industry certification & skills development programs in international best practices in food safety & hygiene that enables industry employees to stay on top of their continuous professional development, apart from a range amateur courses and personalized training programs.  ICCA graduates are able do it all in the food world – they are successful chefs, restaurant owners, hospitality managers, entrepreneurs, food stylists, food writers and more.

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