ALMA - The International School of Italian Cuisine

Introduction

THE WORLD’S LEADING CENTER FOR TRAINING IN ITALIAN CUISINE

ALMA - The International School of Italian Cuisine is hosted in the magnificent Ducal Palace of Colorno, located in a beautiful Italian-style garden. The school is 10 km from Parma, the heart of the Italian Food Valley, and awarded by UNESCO as Creative City of Gastronomy, where also EFSA - the European Food Safety Authority is located.

This outstanding historical location is equipped with the latest teaching and cooking facilities. It covers over 7.000 mq with: a conference room and an agora room with kitchens, 7 training classrooms, 4 demo classrooms, 2 pastry labs and 1 sommellerie room fully equipped with A/V system, a 17th century wine cellar, 1 sensory analysis lab, 1 R&D kitchen, 1 library with 13.000 culinary books, newspapers and dvd collections, a central kitchen, 1 restaurant seating 180 guests and 1 Fine Dining Restaurant seating 40 guests.
Since 2004, ALMA has educated in this location chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers and F&B managers from all over the world with training programs performed at the highest level by the most awarded teachers.

ALMA’s dean is Maestro Gualtiero Marchesi, the most authoritative Italian chef and cooking teacher all over the world. Moreover, the school collaborates with more than 700 among the most renowned Italian restaurants to place internships for ALMA students, also relying on high-qualified teaching staff.

In the last year the demand for ALMA high education courses has considerably raised, so that today ALMA hosts about 2.000 students per year (between curricular programs and tailor –made courses) and a further increase is expected for 2017.
One of the reasons for this success is ALMA Alumni’s high employment rate. Out of statistics, 90% of t hem find a job within 6 months after their diploma and ALMA helps them accessing employment thanks to ALMAlink, a dedicated portal www.almalink.it allowing restaurants, hotel and companies of the catering industry get into contact with ALMA graduates.

ALMA TEACHING OFFER

Language: Italian

  • ADVANCED COURSE OF ITALIAN CUISINE
  • ADVANCED COURSE OF PASTRY
  • CUISINE TECHNIQUES COURSE
  • PASTRY TECHNIQUES COURSE
  • ASSISTANT RESTAURANT&BAR MANAGER
  • MASTER SOMMELIER ALMA-AIS
  • F&B MANAGER COURSE

Language: English

  • INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM OF ITALIAN CUISINE
  • INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM OF MODERN PASTRY
  • INTERNATIONAL COURSE OF WINE
  • JOINT PROGRAMS WITH PARTNER SCHOOLS

ALMA INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

ALMA has a strong international vocation and this is the reason why it has developed a strong network with the top Culinary Schools all over the world. In collaboration with its partner schools, ALMA organises special Italian cooking courses and trains foreign chefs to become ambassadors of Italian cuisine and Italian products in their home country.

  1. International Culinary Center - New York (USA)
  2. Il Cuoco - Italian Culinary Institute – Seoul (South Korea) Errore. Il segnalibro non è definito.
  3. George Brown College Chef School – Toronto (Canada)
  4. ITHQ (Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Quebec) – Montréal (Canada)
  5. Cessa Universidad - Mexico City (Mexico)
  6. Ecole d’Art Culinaire de Miyagi – Sendai (Japan)
  7. VTC - Vocational Training Council - Hong Kong (China)
  8. Westminster Kingsway College – London (UK)
  9. Senac - Centro Universitário - São Paulo (Brazil)
  10. MSA – Culinary Arts Academy – Istanbul (Turkey)
  11. NSI - Northern Sydney Inshttp://www.bic-lj.si/en/titute – Sydney (Australia)
  12. Prue Leith Chef Academy - Centurion, Johannesburg (South Africa)
  13. KDU University College - Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
  14. Mausi Sebes - Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  15. BIC Vocationale Ljubljana College – Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  16. Hungkuang University, Taichung (Taiwan)
  17. AIMS Institute – Bangalore (India)
  18. Kul In – Sisak (Croatia)
  19. Tourism College of Zhejiang - Hangzhou (Cina)
  20. Swiss Education Group - Montreux (Switzerland)

ALMA PARTNERS

Some of the school’s main partners are Parma Chamber of Commerce, majority shareholder, together with Provincia di Parma, which set the premises with Colorno Castle. Other partners are: Unione Industriali and Ascom Parma, Cariparma Crédit Agricole, FIPE, several Consortiums for the Protection of Typical Foods and Wines (Parmigiano-Reggiano, Lambrusco di Modena, Olio Toscano, Prosciutto di Parma, Vini Reggiani, Salumi Tipici Piacentini, Vini DOC Colli Piacentini, Vini Colli di Parma, Produttori di Aceto Balsamico, Vini Colli Bolognesi), APACOOP, ASSICA, Confcooperative Emilia-Romagna, Istituto Nazionale Espresso Italiano, Federalimentare, Assolatte and Federdoc.

ALMA also signed protocol agreements with the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), and with the Italian National Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE). It also has entered into agreements and collaborations with SDA Bocconi in Milan and Parma University. ALMA is accredited into Emilia Romagna Region education system and is ISO 9001-2008 certified.

In 2011 it signed a cooperation agreement with EXPO 2015 for a series of education and promotion activities during the EXPO under the subject of “Feeding the planet – Energy for life”, which will also involve its international network.

ALMA OFFICIAL SPONSORS

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This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Italian

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Programs

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Certificate

ALMA Italian Culinary Program

Campus Full time 7 months October 2017 Italy Parma

The course is designed to give to International Students not just theoretical and practical training in advanced Italian Cuisine but a real full Italian Experience. The combination of the Italian culinary culture, language, history, wine and all field trips and a professional training in one of one of the top Italian Restaurants it’s a perfect way to learn how become a real professional of Italian Cuisine. [+]

The course is designed to give to International Students not just theoretical and practical training in advanced Italian Cuisine but a real full Italian Experience. The combination of the Italian culinary culture, language, history, wine and all field trips and a professional training in one of one of the top Italian Restaurants it’s a perfect way to learn how become a real professional of Italian Cuisine. The program is developed in two phases: the first residential phase at ALMA Campus, near Parma, just declared Creative city for Gastronomy by Unesco, with demo lessons and training classes, and the second phase, a traineeship in a restaurant or hotel. Addressing to: International students aiming at becoming a professional chef of Italian Cuisine, should respect the following requirements for admission: Proficient knowledge of English language At least 18 years of age Great motivation and passion to start a professional path in Italian cuisine A first experience in the sector Structure: Italian Cuisine & Culture Products and Raw Materials Guest Chef Demo Cooking Techniques and Practice Wines Pastry Italian Language Visits to production sites Briefings and progress evaluations Duration 7 months each: about 2-month in-school phase in ALMA headquarters in Colorno (PR) and about 5-month internship in a top italian restaurant or hotel structure in one of the 20 Italian regions. At last, a 2-day final exam The lessons will be held in English. Need more info? ask here: contact us or write to infoalma@scuolacucina.it Do you prefer a skype session? Book it writing to diletta.carboni@scuolacucina.it [-]

ALMA Italian Modern Pastry Program

Campus Full time 5 months October 2017 Italy Parma

The program aims at teaching the fundamentals of Italian modern Pastry in its regional variations with theory, demonstrations and training classes. Discover the authentic tradition of Italian Pastry and get your Professional Certificate of Italian Pastry Chef. [+]

The program aims at teaching the fundamentals of Italian modern Pastry in its regional variations with theory, demonstrations and training classes. Spend two months at ALMA Campus near Parma, just declared Creative City for Gastronomy,and learn the authentic Italian pastry from acclaimed chefs. Then complete this lifetime experience with a 3-month internship in the pastry section of a restaurant, hotel structure or pastry lab in a in one of the 20 Italian regions. Discover the authentic tradition of Italian Pastry and get your Professional Certificate of Italian Pastry Chef. Addressing to: International Students who aim to become a professional of Italian Modern Pastry Requirements for admission: Proficient knowledge of English language At least 18 years of age Great motivation and passion to start a professional path in pastry A first experience in the sector The maximum number of participants is: 20 for each edition Subjects: Pastry Techniques and Practice Guest Chef Demo Visits to production sites History of Pastry Dessert Wines Italian language Duration One edition a year, 5 months each: a 2-month in-school phase in ALMA Campus near Parma, and a 3-month internship in the pastry section of a restaurant, hotel structure or pastry lab in a in one of the 20 Italian regions. At last, a 3-day final exam. The lessons will be held in English. Need more info? ask here: contact us or write to infoalma@scuolacucina.it Do you prefer a skype session? Book it writing to diletta.carboni@scuolacucina.it [-]

Contact

Alma S.R.L. Scuola Internazionale Di Cucina Italiana

Address Piazza G. Garibaldi 26
43052 Colorno, Italy
Website http://www.alma.scuolacucina.it/
Phone +39 0521 525211