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EDUCATION AWARD: Big round of applause for underprivileged UAE young chefs scholarship program graduates; honoured with Worldchefs Certified Commis Chef certification!

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United Arab Emirates, 18th December 2017

Press Release

ICCA’s Annual Culinary Scholarship – Class of

International Centre
for Culinary Arts – ICCA Dubai, announces the successful completion of its
second Batch, the Class of 2017, Culinary Scholarship for the UAE Young Industry


Dubai, UAE,
December 15, 2017
: The ICCA Dubai Culinary
Scholarship, the annual One Million Dirham Continuing Education Award for the
UAE young industry chefs, successfully completed training its second batch, the
Class of 2017. 27 young chefs graduated from IVQ Level 2 Qualification program
from City & Guilds, ICCA & the Emirates Culinary Guild and at the same
time earned the World Chefs Global Commis Chef Certification. This innovative
Education–Industry initiative is all about supporting deserving young Chefs of
the Industry with the opportunity of a World-class Culinary Education on 100%
Scholarship, delivered by the ICCA Dubai in strategic partnership with the
Emirates Culinary Guild (ECG), Worldchefs and the City & Guilds London.


The Graduation Ceremony which was
held at the Dubai Knowledge Park Auditorium on December 10th, 2017, began with
the unveiling of the book “This is their
– a tribute to all the young graduates, by Sunjeh Raja, Director & CEO, ICCA Dubai.


The Qualification Certificates to
the graduating young chefs were presented by Chef Uwe Michael, President,
Emirates Culinary Guilds; together with Chef Thomas A. Gugler, President,
Worldchefs; Chef Andy Cuthbert, Chairman – Young Chefs Development Team for Worldchefs;
Celebrity Chef Gary Rhodes; Tony Degazon, Regional Manager, City & Guilds,
London; and Sunjeh Raja, Director &
CEO, ICCA Dubai in the presence of several Executive Chefs & HR Directors of
the UAE Hospitality Industry.


As the program successfully completed empowering its
second batch of deserving candidates to Culinary Scholarship Program aims to
provide everyone an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams and not be
limited by their means. The idea is to bring about a Total Transformation not
only in the lives of the people who are educated but also help alleviate the
lives of the families that depend upon them.” Students also earned the
Worldchefs Certified Commis Chef certification. Thomas Gugler, Worldchefs
President was on hand at the graduation ceremony in Dubai on Sunday to proudly
distribute the honour. The whole program can be checked at:


On this momentous occasion, Chef
Andy Cuthbert spoke of how the program had impacted the industry in a big way, as
it was designed to share industry knowledge, experience and expertise with the
young chefs to help develop a sustainable workforce and a socially inclusive
working environment for the long-term.


Chef Uwe Michael was delighted with
the outcome of the scholarship program on the graduating candidates as well as seeing
several Professional & Personal success stories of the graduates of the
past program. The Ceremony was followed by a grand Graduation Buffet laid out
by the graduating chefs assisted by the student chefs at ICCA finishing off the
evening on a jubilant note.


After empowering its second batch of deserving candidates to International
Industry Standards, the class of 2017, ICCA Dubai is now getting ready for the
Class of 2018 all set to commence in March 2018. “This annual One Million
Dirham Continuing Education Award is not just another CSR initiative, but about
World Class Education & Training Experience for the deserving young talents
in the UAE hospitality industry. It is all about giving the very best… and that
together we can make lives happen”, added Mr. Raja.


About ICCA:


Established in 2005, International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA Dubai).
ICCA Dubai is a world-class culinary training centre, accredited by the
Internationally Recognized City & Guilds London.  It has been featured amongst the Top 10
Culinary training centers in the World and has been awarded the “Recognition of
Quality Culinary Education” by the World Association of Chefs Societies (Worldchefs),
a global authority on food standards. ICCA Dubai has trained over 6000 student
chefs over its various programs and maintains a record of 100% work placement
for its students who have been successfully placed on International Cruise
Lines and Leading Hotels & Restaurants in the UAE.


About The Emirates
Culinary Guild (ECG):


The Emirates Culinary
Guild (ECG) is the UAE’s association of professional chefs. It is a
non-profit-making organization dedicated solely to the advancement of the
culinary industry of the UAE. The ECG received its charter into Worldchefs at a
ceremony in Stavanger, Norway on June 28, 1994, during the Worldchefs 26th
World Congress. Worldchefs endorses the ECG as the authorized UAE culinary
society. The ECG has an international culinary focus and multi-national support
for the staging of its various competitions, seminars, and events. Worldchefs is a 100 nation fellowship comprising the
world’s various professional chefs’ organizations.


About City &
Guilds, London Accredited Training Programs & Qualifications:


Established in 1878
(136 Years old), City & Guilds is the World’s largest Vocational Awarding
Body. It certifies over 1.3 Million students annually the world over and helps
increase value proposition and competitiveness within the Global Market.
Accreditation is recognized as a sign of quality over 100 countries around the world.


About The World Association of Chefs Societies:


The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, or
Worldchefs in short, is a dynamic global network of more than 100 chefs’
associations representing chefs at all levels and across all specialties
worldwide. It was founded in1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris with the venerable
August Escoffier as first Honorary President.

Worldchefs is a global authority on food,
creating impact through these core focus areas:

education – includes our landmark Recognition of
Quality Culinary Education program and the world’s first global culinary

networking – Worldchefs provides a gateway to global
culinary networking opportunities and hosts the landmark biennial Worldchefs
Congress & Expo;

competition – Worldchefs upholds a list of certified
judges, sets global standards for competition rules, and runs the prestigious
Global Chefs Challenge;

humanitarian & sustainability – our Feed the Planet and World Chefs
Without Borders programs relieve food poverty, deliver crisis support, and
promote sustainability across the globe;



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