ALMA, The School of Italian Culinary Arts, officially marked the opening of its first flagship school in Southeast Asia with a special inauguration ceremony at The Food School Bangkok, Thailand’s first multinational culinary school, where ALMA, alongside TSUJI Culinary Institute and Dusit Thani College, is based. Presided over by Mr Enzo Malanca, President and CEO of ALMA – The School of Italian Culinary Arts, His Excellency Mr Paolo Dionisi, Ambassador of Italy to Thailand, and ALMA’s Italian Chef Instructors, the inauguration ceremony served as a platform to warmly welcome the first batch of students of ALMA’s Italian Cuisine and Italian Bakery and Pastry Certificate Courses. Mr Malanca also shared the inspiration and vision behind opening the first flagship ALMA school in Southeast Asia at The Food School Bangkok. “ALMA’s mission is to bring and promote Italy’s unique culinary heritage to world, and we felt that Thailand was the closest in terms of gastronomic culture,” said Mr Malanca. “The kingdom’s geographical position ensures students from around Southeast Asia can easily journey to the school and hone their skills with professional courses that reflect the latest culinary trends and innovations.” Since 2004, ALMA has undergone constant growth and upholds its goals of ensuring ALMA’s educational courses remain up-to-date and that students become resilient to the ever-changing and professional culinary world. To achieve such goals, ALMA ensures all of its professional programmes, now offered in over 20 countries, are aligned with the renowned high standards established at ALMA’s headquarters in Italy. “Globally, we produce over 1,000 graduates each year, and we do our utmost to ensure each of our graduates is equipped with a solid understanding of traditional and contemporary approaches to add value and creativity to their dishes, and masterly start their careers in the industry,” said Mr Malanca. At The Food School Bangkok, ALMA is now offering Certificated Courses and Short Courses in Italian Cuisine and Italian Bakery & Pastry, and Masterclasses in Italian Cuisine. Professional chef instructors leading the courses from ALMA include Chef Francesco De Rosa and Chef Martina Sabbioni, who specialise in traditional Italian dishes, and Chef Enrico Nativi, who specialise in traditional and contemporary Italian bakery and pastry.
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