Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners - ICIF

Introduction

Values

Quality, authenticity, respect, hospitality and food safety

A cultural driving force that transmits values

The purpose of ICIF, the Institute of Food and Wine of the Regions of Italy, is to classify, protect and promote the image of Italian cuisine, the excellence of local produce and regional food and wine culture, by promulgating knowledge amongst professionals around the world Emphasizing the value of real Italian Cuisine and the excellent food products that distinguish it is one of ICIF’s main objectives in order to promote “Made in Italy”.

Lifestyle, hospitality, and authenticity

ICIF has always taken the values of Italian food and wine, Italian hospitality and lifestyle around the world by participating in events and initiatives, both in Italy and abroad. The promotion of Italian Cuisine and top quality Italian food products occurs through the training of young chefs at the Italian headquarters in the Castle of Costigliole d’Asti, in the Chinese Institute in Shanghai, in the institutes of Sao Paulo and Flores da Cunha in Brazil, and through collaboration with Schools and Universities of Gastronomy in various countries around the world.

Main activities

Culinary Training, promotion of “Made in Italy”, major events and the fight against counterfeiting

Training

Training for young Italians and foreign cooks to acquire a professional specialization in Regional Italian Cuisine; the syllabus also includes training on food safety and sustainable policies in the management of the food chain.

Promotion of ‘Made in Italy’

Promotion of Italian cuisine and top quality Italian products abroad, through the organization of training courses and the diffusion of information regarding “Made in Italy” and its implementation by professional chefs and restaurateurs around the world. Promotion of Italian food and wine products abroad in fairs and International events. Organisation of food and wine tours to discover the essence of Italian Regional Cuisine and Culture, the top quality products and the rich culture of the Italian Regions.

Major events

ICIF is at the vanguard of international events where an authoritative voice in the restaurant business is required, providing expertise for initiatives which promote Italian food and culture.

Fight against counterfeiting

They call it “Italian Sounding”, the imitation or forgery of Italian food products abroad. A fake food product has a mixture of Italian names, logos, images and slogans clearly attributable to our country. In addition to its educational objectives, ICIF was founded with the aim to classify, protect and promote the image of Italian cuisine and products of excellence overseas, protecting artisan productions, defending consumers from adulteration and forgery and by spreading knowledge and techniques among professional chefs and restaurateurs around the world.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Italian

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Programs

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Courses

Chocolaterie Course

Campus Full time 4 months September 2018 Italy Turin

This course is suitable for those who want to open a chocolate shop and for those who want to become a professional master Chocolatier. The Course includes lessons in window display design, the creation of artistic pieces to showcase, as well as new chocolate decorating techniques. [+]

Chocolaterie Course

The Chocolaterie Course: 4 weeks of theoretical and practical lessons with the opportunity of a training period at selected chocolate shops or artisan laboratories

This course is suitable for those who want to open a chocolate shop and for those who want to become a professional master Chocolatier. The Course includes lessons in window display design, the creation of artistic pieces to showcase, as well as new chocolate decorating techniques. The course includes detailed lessons held by Master Chocolatiers, members of the Academy of Master Chocolatiers, and visits to Chocolate manufacturers. The Course is in Italian language and teachers are supported by an interpreter in the English language.... [-]


Course on Italian Gelato

Campus Full time 12 weeks July 2018 Italy Turin

Four weeks of theoretical and practical lessons carried out by professional teachers to learn the art of making Italian ice cream and strategies to open a store. Possibility to carry out a training period at selected artisans. [+]

Course on Italian Gelato

Four weeks of theoretical and practical lessons carried out by professional teachers to learn the art of making Italian ice cream and strategies to open a store. Possibility to carry out a training period at selected artisans.

ICIF has created a specific training program for the Ice cream industry: the Course on Italian Gelato. A 4-weeks training course of theoretical and practical lessons at the Institute, the program of the course allows you to undertake, through an integrated approach between theory and practical skills, a profession that gives unlimited satisfaction as well as personal and professional growth in the context of the true Italian tradition. Through a relatively brief training period, the student learns from Master Ice Cream makers, promoter of the Italian Artisan Gelato, whom introduce also the beginners, to the world of the Italian Gelato, starting from the organoleptic composition of the raw materials in order to learn the techniques for the preparation of properly balanced ice creams, sorbet and granites, the student at the end of the course is able to create and study his own recipes for any flavor of ice cream, offering flavors appropriate to the tastes and local customs of his own Country. The training program is also complemented by basic concepts for the food industry such as the HACCP system, concepts related to projecting a classical artisan ice cream parlors or a central laboratory for a more industrial production, the Cake Design related to the ice cream world, modern... [-]


Course on Italian Pastry

Campus Full time 3 weeks November 2018 Italy Turin

The program of the Course offers demonstration lessons held by professional Pastry Chefs, Master Ice Cream Makers and Master Chocolatier, instructed by the Italian Pastry Federation. [+]

Course on Italian Pastry

Three weeks of theoretical and practical lessons and the opportunity to train as Professional of Italian Pastry.

ICIF has created the Course on Italian Pastry in collaboration with the Italian Pastry, Ice Cream and Chocolate Federation.

The program of the Course offers demonstration lessons held by professional Pastry Chefs, Master Ice Cream Makers and Master Chocolatier, instructed by the Italian Pastry Federation. The topics of the Course focus on all the preparations of Italian pastry and of confectionery Italian art, from the basic dough, to the Italian style creams, to small pastries, with insights on regional traditional sweets and modern creative desserts, cake design and manual chocolate tempering methods, decorations with chocolate and ice cream lessons. The training is complemented by educational visits to companies of the confectionery sector. The Course is in Italian language and teachers are supported by an interpreter in the English language.... [-]


Course on Pizza

Campus Full time 12 weeks October 2018 Italy Turin

Theoretical and practical lessons on pizza: the excellence of the ingredients, doughs, yeast, different types of pizza, with the opportunity of a training period at pizzerias of a medium-high level. [+]

Course on Pizza

Theoretical and practical lessons on pizza: the excellence of the ingredients, doughs, yeast, different types of pizza, with the opportunity of a training period at pizzerias of a medium-high level.

ICIF has devised, in collaboration with the Academy of Pizza makers, a new training course: the Course on Pizza. A 4-weeks training course divided in 3 weeks of training focused on pizza with teachers Masters Pizza makers sent by the Academy of Pizza makers, and a last week of training on pastry with professionals Pastry Chefs commissioned by ICIF. The training program permits you to undertake, through an integrated approach between theory and practical skills, a profession that is considered a popular, cultural and social phenomenon which is typically Italian, in continual growth both in Italy and abroad. The course is in Italian language and teachers are supported by an interpreter in the English language.... [-]


Gluten free Cooking Course

Campus Full time 1 week July 2018 Italy Turin

Surrounded by the pleasant and evocative atmosphere of the Castle of Costigliole d ‘Asti, academics and qualified chefs guide the participants through an educational path towards knowledge of a subject which we encounter daily in modern society. [+]

Gluten free Cooking Course

Course for professionals and amateurs to approach the Gluten-Free world

Surrounded by the pleasant and evocative atmosphere of the Castle of Costigliole d ‘Asti, academics and qualified chefs guide the participants through an educational path towards knowledge of a subject which we encounter daily in modern society. Learning to cook gluten-free is a way to approach food intolerances and those who suffer from them. The purpose is to help those who live with this condition and who have to follow a specific diet which can sometimes be demoralizing and result in loss of appetite.

Eating is one of life’s pleasures: get to know more about gluten-free products in order to bring back the joy of food and satisfy the palate by broadening the gluten free diet!... [-]


Italian Bakery Course

Campus Full time 1 week June 2018 Italy Turin

ICIF has created the ITALIAN BAKERY COURSE in collaboration with the professional who will carry out the course lessons, the chef, baker and pastry chef Davide Damiano, gastronomic consultant in several high-level restaurants, including Michelin Starred Restaurants, of Piedmont region, developer of new products for intolerant people in collaboration with the companies dedicated to this sector, thanks to the tasting of flour mixtures for gluten intolerances with high content of vegetable food fibers, as well as mixtures for other types of intolerances. [+]

Italian Bakery Course

One week of theoretical and practical lessons and the opportunity to train as a professional baker.

ICIF has created the ITALIAN BAKERY COURSE in collaboration with the professional who will carry out the course lessons, the chef, baker and pastry chef Davide Damiano, gastronomic consultant in several high-level restaurants, including Michelin Starred Restaurants, of Piedmont region, developer of new products for intolerant people in collaboration with the companies dedicated to this sector, thanks to the tasting of flour mixtures for gluten intolerances with high content of vegetable food fibers, as well as mixtures for other types of intolerances. He has a long national and international professional experience, combined with a solid theoretical preparation given by years of study in the field of food chemistry, which he has practically developed through numerous internships at various laboratories. Thanks to this detailed knowledge on food chemistry he becomes a wizard in the handling of doughs for various shapes of bread and grissini, traditional of different regions of Italy and also flavored with creative aromas for the modern style of Italian Cuisine. He is the top performer in the handling of yeasts and flour mixtures. The topics of the course include varieties of regional bread from North to South Italy, varieties of traditional and aromatized breadsticks, varieties of Italian focaccias and other bakery products and special bread for modern style Italian restaurants, with theoretical notions essential to the acquisition of practicality in the handling of doughs and yeasts. The course is... [-]


Short Course on Italian Culinary Arts

Campus Full time 3 months June 2018 Italy Turin

The Short Course in Italian Cuisine and Oenology is set out in two parts: the first consists of theoretical-practical lessons at ICIF Headquarters, supplemented with educational field trips; the second, consisting in a professional internship (optional, not included in the subscription costs), at a restaurant selected by the school. [+]

Short Course in Italian Cuisine and Oenology

Four weeks of theoretical and practical lessons and the opportunity of a practical training period at the best Italian restaurants

The Short Course in Italian Cuisine and Oenology is set out in two parts: the first consists of theoretical-practical lessons at ICIF Headquarters, supplemented with educational field trips; the second, consisting in a professional internship (optional, not included in the subscription costs), at a restaurant selected by the school.

The Short Course is designed for professionals or students who want to undergo a more rapid training program on traditional and modern-creative cuisine, with insights into oils, balsamic vinegar, herbs and spices, traditional first courses, cheeses, pastries, and wine.... [-]


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