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Eminent Australian wine critic Peter Scudamore-Smith
reviews the state of hospitality & tourism training today and
identifies 10 of the top institutes around the world


The past year has been a watershed for Australian gastronomy
and food recognition, and indeed gastronomy around the world.
Four Australian restaurants made the World’s Best 100 and
television series MasterChef slayed the viewer ratings with record
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numbers of mums and dads learning about non-takeaway food for                                                                                                 treat carefully following
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young guns, and some not so young to enter the restaurant and
hospitality industries. At culinary arts training institutes globally,
new and exciting ideas are taking shape.


In the case of Australia, education exports have never been better. You see, the hygiene infrastructures around the local product make
it a world choice for our near Asian neighbours; though the establishment standards in hotel and chef schools in USA and Canada
remain similar. Travel proximity and an easy sociable education environment remain attractive Down Under.
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Hotel schools are and continue to be attracted to the Australian chef training scene. For over 20 years Australia has hosted the Le                          ‘Catchweight’ champion
Cordon Bleu schools which now stretch from Sydney to Melbourne to Adelaide, and in some cases around the world, cumulating in
higher level degrees running into hotel management and gastronomy. Such French involvement (it is now a brand) in hospitality &
tourism education engenders a situational expression of “why is this so”?


Food styles have moved so fast. I tracked back to consider the summer restaurant items on Brisbane’s second oldest restaurant,
Baguette in 1990. Choose from grilled milk fed lamb, olives; char-grilled corn fed chicken, macadamia salad; or Charolais fillet, red
wine vinegar jus, prices $18-24.50. Similar transformations in food and hospitality can be seen around the world, and training institutes
continue to produce graduates that can cater for contemporary tastes.


Apart from prices almost doubling in 20 years from rising fixed operating and compliance costs, ingredients, descriptions, food styles
have moved on to a range of levels. It is quite normal for a signature restaurant in a capital city to offer a series of dishes and
accompaniments, and a melange of cooking styles that no near-by competitor practises. Such is the range of ethnic influences, lack of                              AFP to merge two
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Today you can tell the standard of your restaurant by the presence of a sommelier: without one usually expect second rate wines,
about the same as the bottle shop around the corner, whilst the places at their peak serve mainly glasses, food-matched, edgy-
flavoured, particular and not broad brush styles which entertain diners’ palates. The wine list is generally not a tome but of modern
abbreviated style, minimalistic, informed, wines will come from up to 10 countries, little domination by local brands and traversing
many regions who make wine. For example, 15 percent of Australia’s market is imported wines but on restaurant wine list it can be far                                Report: 20pc of
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The education schools are expected to turn out wine students at entry standard to first tier restaurant needs, and then grow in                                        networking
experience and understanding with hands-on participation. And the leading guidance is provided by the professional organisation,
Sommeliers Australia. Some wine bars and restaurants have moved to wine sales solely by-the-glass using argon partial bottle
storage, and opportunities for rapid staff development are quite endless.


Finally, in many countries it is the informality of eating out that has changed culinary education. It’s left classical and formal dining
behind in a country which can mix the best chefs, winemakers, cyclists, soccer players and surfers anywhere. Here are 10 of the top




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culinary arts training institutes around the world today.




LE CORDON BLEU

Le Cordon Bleu operates the world’s most comprehensive network of hospitality institutes.                                                    Burma’s Nobel laureate
Culinary arts is one two of the institute’s specialties (the other is hospitality management), and                                           Aung San Suu Kyi to be
students from all over the world are enrolled. The school’s strong reputation draws on the                                                        freed today
French culinary tradition, but its coursework is international and highly relevant to today’s fine-
dining scene. The school began a little over a century ago in Paris and has grown from a
modest Parisian cooking school into a world-class international institute. Students spend plenty
of time learning the fundamentals that set French cuisine apart, but just as much attention is
given to world cuisine and modern culinary techniques. Le Cordon Bleu’s courses have been
under constant development for more than a century. Several culinary arts programs are on
offer, including several certificate and diploma programs. The campus in Melbourne, Australia offers a bachelor’s degree in culinary         Beijing's threat to India's
arts, which includes certification in commercial cookery and a foundation of management courses that will have you leading teams of                water security
culinary professionals in the future.




THE ART INSTITUTES

The Art Institutes is a North American chain of educational centers. In all, there are more than                                              Supporters prepare for
45 branches scattered across the US and Canada. The International Culinary Schools operate                                                   Suu Kyi release in Burma
through the Arts Institutes and is one of the most successful chains of culinary schools in North
America. With so many branches across the continent, the International Culinary Schools are
particularly accessible. Campuses are in or near major cities, so it’s easy to find a branch in a
part of the US or Canada that you’re most interested in experiencing. A culinary education from
the Arts Institute can follow several different tracks. These include degrees in culinary arts,
culinary management or hospitality management. You can also specialize in wine and spirits or
baking and pastry. Several programs are offered through the International Culinary Schools of
the Arts Institute. Students can pursue associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, or they can supplement their education with certificate
courses. Students with plenty of discipline can complete a bachelor’s degree in as little as three years by opting for year-round study.




INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR CULINARY ARTS DUBAI

The International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) Dubai is a world-class vocational school that
teaches a mix of Continental and regional culinary methods. As a student, you’ll go beyond
basic culinary practices and cooking skills to learn leadership tactics and skills that you can put
to use in a multicultural professional setting. Most students enroll in professional certification
courses that provide the skills and theory necessary to be a competitive 21st-century chef.
Proficiency courses are also on offer. These are designed to bring you up to date with the latest
culinary techniques and practices that today’s chefs are using. A course like this is ideal for a
seasoned chef looking to expand their skills set. But you don’t have to be a full-time student to
take classes at ICCA Dubai. Foundation courses are designed to introduce you to the world of
culinary arts, while short courses are designed with hobbyists and non-professionals in mind.




JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY

Johnson and Wales University was founded at Rhode Island in 1914 and now enrolls more than
16,000 students across four campuses. The university is best known for its Business and
Hospitality program and Culinary Arts program. The College of Culinary Arts is so much more
than a cooking academy. It relies on the latest industry input to stay grounded in emerging
culinary breakthroughs without abandoning time-tested techniques. Graduates of JWU join
ranks with some of the most success culinary artists in the world. Both at the graduate and
undergraduate level, the culinary arts programs and Johnson and Wales University are
grounded and career-oriented. You’ll learn all of the latest culinary theory, but just as much of
your time will be spent putting that knowledge to work in training kitchens. In addition to
learning what the faculty call “knife skills,” you’ll also develop your own personal leadership style and solid business sense during your
tenure here. Small class sizes mean that your instructors have plenty of time for personal mentoring, ensuring your skills will be fully
developed by the time you graduate.




HONG KONG CULINARY ACADEMY

The Hong Kong Culinary Academy has worked with the hospitality industry in Hong Kong for
years, offering certification and training courses to enhance the skill set of local hotel and
restaurant staff. Recently, the academy has branched and now offers full-time degree courses
for students hoping to take high-profile positions in China’s growing tourism and hospitality
scene. The academy offers a variety of courses. As a full-time student, you can major in Hotel
Culinary Management, which follows the same syllabus as the Cambridge School of Culinary
Arts. This degree will equip you with the expertise and practical know-how to work with top-tier
restaurants across the world. The other major offering at the Hong Kong Culinary Academy is a
two-month intensive Bakery and Patisserie certificate course. Courses are taught in Cantonese,
but English is used for real-time practice in the kitchen. This is a great stepping stone for students in Hong Kong, who benefit from
instruction in their native language while getting plenty of on-the-job practice speaking English in a results-intensive environment.




THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (CIA)

With its base in Hyde Park, New York, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) also has




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branches in Texas and California. The institute offers degrees in culinary arts along with
ongoing support for industry professionals. It’s one of the most prestigious culinary institutes in the US. As a student at the Culinary
Institute of America, you’ll learn advanced culinary techniques through hands-on practice in training kitchens and restaurants. The
main programs on offer are bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in culinary arts, both of which equip the next generation of chefs, food
critics and restaurateurs. The CIA also offers degrees in baking and patisserie. At the core of the CIA learning curve is an astonishing
1,300 hours of hands-on training in ultra-modern kitchens and bakeries. This is coupled with an 18-week externship in the institute’s
working restaurant and café, where the knowledge acquired in classes and the experience you’ve gained in the training kitchen come
together in a real-world working environment.




THE FRENCH CULINARY INSTITUTE (FCI)

A comprehensive cooking school in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, the French Culinary
Institute (FCI) teaches courses in international bread making, pastry and culinary arts. This
award-winning institute is an easy shortlist candidate for the best cooking school in the US. As
a student, you’ll thrive in the FCI’s “Total Immersion” program. This involves six to nine months
of highly intensive training in classrooms and practice kitchens, where you’ll live and breathe
the culinary arts along with a handful of other highly motivated students. Class sizes are the
smallest in the industry, which for many is motivation enough to study at the French Culinary
Institute. On average, one teacher works with 12 students at a time. Some industry experts
claim that six to nine months at the FCI is on par with a few years’ apprenticeship to a chef.




CULINARY ACADEMY OF INDIA

As the first training school for professional culinary arts in India, the Culinary Academy of India
is a leader on the Subcontinent. It’s located in the city of Hyderabad, in close range of major
hotels in this South Indian tourist destination. The academy partners with these hospitality
giants to produce expert chefs who go on to lead the industry in India. The training and
educational facilities at the Culinary Institute of India are top-notch. Instructors walk students
through culinary techniques and kitchen-management strategies in one of seven state-of-the-art
training kitchens. This is followed up with real-time experience in the teaching restaurant, which
seats up to 40 guests. The Culinary Academy of India offers two degree packages: a
bachelor’s degree in catering technology and culinary arts (a three-year program) and a post-
graduate diploma in culinary arts. An 18-month craft certification course in food production is also on offer. These programs are locally
accredited and taught by instructors who’ve worked with well-known hotel and hospitality firms.




HATTORI NUTRITION COLLEGE

Easily the best-known culinary school in Japan, Hattori Nutrition College is led by Yukio Hattori,
well known for his role in the popular Japanese game show Iron Chef. In the show, students of
Hattori Nutrition College would assist competitors (leading chefs from around the world) in
crafting their culinary masterpieces. Even before the days of Iron Chef, Hattori Nutrition College
was well-known for its culinary arts programs, but the school has since taken on legendary
proportions. It’s now a top choice for any aspiring culinarian in Japan, with an increasing world
following as well. Hattori Nutrition College offers certification courses and full degree programs
in culinary arts and dietetics. In keeping with Japan’s forward-looking mentality, the coursework
at Hattori is on the heels of the latest trends in cooking and the culinary arts. There’s a
particular emphasis on healthy, “body-friendly” culinary techniques. You’ll benefit from expert instruction as well as access to truly
state-of-the-art practice facilities. The international success of Iron Chef meant that Hattori Nutrition College had both the means and
the motivation to constantly update their facilities. As a result, few culinary schools in the world can offer this level of modern
infrastructure to its students.




KEISER UNIVERSITY CENTRE FOR CULINARY ARTS

Keiser University Center for Culinary is part of the prominent Keiser network of universities in
Florida. The flagship campus is in Fort Lauderdale, but culinary arts students are based in
Sarasota, Melbourne or Tallahassee. The Center for Culinary Arts offers associates degrees to
get students ready for a high-paying career in the hospitality sector. Credits can also be
forwarded to other institutes and universities and put toward a complete four-year degree.
Keiser University Center for Culinary Arts offers associate’s degrees in culinary arts and baking
and pastry arts. Both are terminal, two-year degrees accredited by the American Culinary
Federations. In the process of studying at Keiser, you’ll learn advanced skills through plenty of
hands-on experience. In the course of earning an associate’s degree in either of these fields,
you’ll complete 60 hours of specialized classes and laboratories where you put your newly acquired skills to work. This is followed by
an externship or residence where you’ll lay the foundation for a professional career as a chef or baker.




                               Peter Scudamore-Smith is founder and director of the consulting firm Uncorked and Cultivated in
                               Eastern Australia. He is a wine professional writing Masterclass for Grapegrowers and Vignerons and
                               Smart Farmer. He has held posts writing weekly for the Brisbane Sunday Mail, monthly and bi-monthly
                               for Winestate and Vogue, and in the 1980s, Wine Spectator. He is Australia's second Master of Wine -
                               Institute of Masters of Wine (UK), 1991. He is also, of course, AsianCorrespondent.com's resident wine
                               critic. You can read more of his writings here.




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The International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) Dubai is a world-class vocational school that
teaches a mix of Continental and regional culinary methods. As a student, you’ll go beyond
basic culinary practices and cooking skills to learn leadership tactics and skills that you can put
to use in a multicultural professional setting.

Academics
Most students enroll in professional certification courses that provide the skills and theory
necessary to be a competitive 21st-century chef. Proficiency courses are also on offer. These
are designed to bring you up to date with the latest culinary techniques and practices that
today’s chefs are using. A course like this is ideal for a seasoned chef looking to expand their
skills set.
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But you don’t have to be a full-time student to take classes at ICCA Dubai. Foundation courses                                                                  treat carefully following
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are designed to introduce you to the world of culinary arts, while short courses are designed
with hobbyists and non-professionals in mind.

Campus Life
Students don’t live on campus, so you’ll have to arrange your own housing in Dubai. No city
better embodies the spirit of 21st-century tourism and hospitality than Dubai does. You’ll enjoy access to some of the finest
restaurants and entertainment venues in the world, with great opportunities for shopping, exploring the old city or even heading out
into the desert for ATV or camel-back rides.
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Dubai’s nightlife sizzles. In fact, there’s no better place in the Middle East for night clubs, beach bars and swanky lounges. Across
from this is a fascinating cultural scene of shisha bars, coffee shops and year-round festivals.

                                                                         Faculty & Staff
                                                                         In a city as modern and cutting edge as Dubai, it’s no surprise that
                                                                         the International Centre for Culinary Arts employs state-of-the-art
                                                                         facilities. Teachers help students grapple with the latest culinary
                                                                         techniques in ultra-modern kitchens. In all, 6,000 square feet worth
                                                                         of training kitchens are available for students and staff.

                                                                         The faculty at ICCA Dubai understand that the best chefs can
                                                                         deftly mix modern technological practices with time-tested
                                                                         techniques, and that’s the sort of attitude they bring to their                             AFP to merge two
                                                                         classrooms. A passion for cooking and a firm commitment to
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                                                                         student welfare underlies everything the instructors do at ICCA.

Life after International Centre for Culinary Arts Dubai
The institute also works to secure job placements for students. The school maintains close ties with cruise liners that visit Dubai, and
executive chefs on these ships have been known to recruit entire batches of graduates all at once. Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceana
Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Thomson Ships are particularly fond of ICCA grads.

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experience. You’ll graduate with a formidable resume of credentials and a living log of your specific experiences. This will set you up
for a seamless transition into Dubai’s world-renown hospitality scene, which includes epic seven-star hotels and some of the world’s
most talked-about restaurants.

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 establishments. Usually the better restaurants pay their chefs higher salaries.

 Some of the best culinary schools around the world include:

 USA

 The Culinary Institute of Canada (Charlottetown, PE)

 California School of Culinary Arts Pasadena

 Orlando Culinary Academy

 Texas Culinary Academy’

 Pennsylvania Culinary Institute

 The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago

 Lincoln College of Technology

 The Culinary Institute of America

 Le Cordon Bleu College Of Culinary Arts – Las Vegas, Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami and
 Dallas

 The Restaurant School, Philadelphia

 UK

 School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, DIT, Dublin, Ireland

 Oceania

 North Shore International Academy, Auckland, New Zealand

 Other locations

 International Centre for Culinary Arts, Dubai

 Culinary Academy Of India

 The above schools are all highly regarded in the culinary industry and a qualification from any
 will result in an outstanding looking resume. But there are many others. And even beyond the
 school you go to, the cooking establishments you work in and receive further training from will
 help your resume as well.

 At culinary school you will learn about cooking, baking, nutrition, food standards, food
 identification, food hygiene, recipes preparation, menus and much more. Most schools have
 outstanding and experienced culinary chefs as teachers.

 Culinary schools such as those listed above are equipped with full scale kitchens that replicate
 those found in the industry. This gives students the chance to gain experience in a real
 environment as well as utilize all utensils and equipment that would be found in a job situation.

 Some culinary schools specialize in particular aspects of the subject such as baking and pastry,



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 fine dining, corporate and event dining and others. There are also more and more online culinary
 schools where students can study at their own pace and complete practical exercises at home.

 Becoming a chef or other professional through completing a certificate or degree at culinary
 schools is an excellent way to form a solid and exciting career. There are countless opportunities
 for advancement and there is a lot of money to be made in an industry that is growing more every
 year.




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