Why Choose ICCA Dubai Over Other Culinary Schools?

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“I Want To Become a Great Chef!”

That’s awesome! So, you have the love & passion for good food and have decided on the choice of career that you want to pursue. The next obvious step is to look for best ways to get there and turn your dream into a reality. Unlike in the past where ‘cooking’ wasn’t considered as a much sought-after career option and chefs were just made in the kitchen by way of work experience over the years; the scene is entirely different now.

There are specialized institutions that offer Certificates, Diplomas & Degrees in the field of Culinary Arts, that clearly demarcate the difference between a cook and a Professional Chef. Needless to say, to take up a career in The Culinary Arts you would now need to take up a program that equips and qualifies you as a Professional in the Industry.

Predominantly all the chefs that you meet today in star rated properties and food outlets hold a qualification in The Culinary Arts and that is also what they look for in people they want to hire in their kitchens.

A recognized qualification is a prerequisite these days for a career advancement in the kitchen hierarchy, and so one can also see many established chefs getting a formal education in spite of the several years of experience they actually carry.

That leads us to the most critical point in the decision-making Which Culinary School will be the best for you to give you a good head start and progression in the years ahead?

Tough choice that one, but if the training institute has all the requirements in place to help mould and hone you as a chef, you can’t go wrong.

Especially if you choose to opt for one of the top culinary schools!

The International Centre for Culinary Arts - ICCA Dubai, ranked amongst the Top 10 Culinary Schools in the World is one such school that checks all the indicators listed below, to help ascertain that you have opted for the finest of the training institutes.


Here are ten good reasons to help make the right choice -

1. Accreditation & Recognitions

It goes without say that any good institute is primarily evaluated from its Accreditation & Recognitions.

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The ICCA Dubai has both an Approved and Accredited Centre status from the City & Guilds, London. Established in 1878, City & Guilds is the World’s largest Vocational Education Awarding Body & certifies over 1.3 Million students annually around the globe and helps increase value proposition and competitiveness within the global market.

City & Guilds qualifications are a global benchmark for vocational excellence, integrity & quality assessment and come along with the City & Guilds Europass Certificate Supplement.

City & Guilds Accreditation is recognized as a sign of quality in over a 100 countries around the world!

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The ICCA Dubai has been featured amongst the “Top 10 Culinary Institutes in the World” and awarded the “Recognition of Quality Culinary Education” by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WorldChefs), a Global Authority on Food Standards.

The “Recognition of Quality Culinary Education” award seeks to recognize the training and education that meet or exceeds the Culinary Standards Education established by WorldChefs.

The WorldChefs recognition provides a competitive advantage and assures employers of a candidate’s Quality Culinary Education.

  • KHDA Licensed Institute

All Programs delivered at The ICCA are recognized by The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Ministry of Education, Government of Dubai.


2. An Award Winning Facility

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The ICCA boasts of a state-of-the-art and World Class Facility built in Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP) & is amongst the finest institutes from around the world. The DKP is the world’s only Free Zone that is dedicated to learning excellence.

  • The ProChef Awards - Cooking School of the Year 2016
  • The ProChef Awards - Training Champion 2014
  • Commercial Interior Design Awards - Interior Design of the Year for Public & Educational Sector 2014

Located in Dubai, which is globally considered the hub of World Class Hospitality, The ICCA gives its students the exposure and the opportunity to work in some of the finest Hotel & Restaurants in the world.


3. International Chef Instructors



With a cohort of International Chef Instructors from across the globe and who amongst them carry several decades years of invaluable experience working in the industry as stalwarts in their own right, they not only teach but also guide the students to carry on the legacy that they have in turn inherited from their mentors.


4. Curriculum & Training

The intensive Vocational Education Training (VET) program of 620 hours of intensive guided learning in Classical Continental Cuisine and industry-centered training is delivered by City & Guilds London certified trainers.

At the end of the program, the students are awarded the City & Guilds London - Level 2 Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking (Culinary Arts) (8065-02).

The Advanced Diploma, City & Guilds London - Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Food Preparation and Cookery Supervision (8065-04), is for those who aspire to set up a restaurant, cafe and helps one to progress into a supervisory post within the Food Production industry or even become successful Entrepreneurs.


5. Specialization Options

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With an array of courses being offered at The ICCA, the student has the choice of adding a niche skill to his repertoire in addition to the Professional Diploma. Sugarcraft, Artisan Bread & Chocolate, Pizza are some of the many courses that can be additionally taken to up-skill oneself.


6. Industry Exposure

The ICCA is actively involved in a lot of industry events throughout the year and provides Student Chefs with valuable ‘hands-on’ involvement in the industry-working environment throughout the course & training.

The famous Taste of Dubai, Taste of Abu Dhabi, Restaurant Development Conference at Middle East Food Forum, WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, several Culinary competitions & Electrolux events to name a few.


7. The Industry Work Experience & Placement Program


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                            mariott                           taj luxury hotels                            sheraton


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The ICCA Dubai - Industry Work Experience Placement (IWEP) Program is an industry integration program specially designed for students wishing to join the industry as Professional Chefs.

The said IWEP includes all aspects of employability training such as Interview Preparations, Personality Development - All-round Grooming & Poise, Industry Attitude & Confidence Building, Technical Knowledge Reinforcement, and Trade Test Taking to help the Student Chefs seamlessly integrate, effectively deliver and excel in the workplace.

Furthermore, a dedicated IWEP team also ensures Alumni support and pathways to further career advancement at all times.


8. Strategic Partnerships


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Electrolux        Horeca                WorldChefs


Scoula Pizza       API    Faema


Admiral                Franke           TSSC


Dubai Knowledge Park              Vitamix             Dubai Knowledge


The ICCA Dubai has strategic partnerships with many of the worlds leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s), Suppliers and Training Resource Providers to help provide the highest quality Industry Standard Training and expose the Student Chefs to latest technology and international operation trends.


9. Winner of Several Awards


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  • International Centre of Excellence Award-Middle East – City & Guilds Lion Awards 2016
  • International Centre of the Year Award – City & Guilds Lion Awards 2016
  • Best Digital Initiative of the Year - The ASBU BroadcastPro Award 2016
  • Caterer Middle East Power List 2016: Mr. Sunjeh Raja - ICCA Dubai's CEO & Director
  • Caterer Middle East Power List 2014: Mr. Sunjeh Raja - ICCA Dubai's CEO & Director


10. Industry Influencer

The ICCA's, first of its kind, Innovative Education Industry Initiative - Dubai Culinary Scholarship, One Million Dirham Continuing Education Award for UAE Young Industry Chefs continues to be even more recognized by both the Hospitality Industry in the UAE as well as the Chef Associations & Culinary Industry across the world.

The Scholarship Program for the UAE Young Industry Chefs is all about educating, training & certifying talented and deserving, but financially underprivileged young chefs in the UAE Hospitality Industry.

The Scholarship Program is a tangible step to help bridge the skills gap across the industry and is also designed to share the vast knowledge, experience, expertise of Industry Experts, to develop a socially inclusive working environment for the long-term.

This Education - Industry initiative is all about Changing Lives of those chosen few, to bring about a Total Transformation not only in the lives of the people who are educated & trained but also help alleviate the lives of the families that depend upon them.

Driven by Innovation and Striving for Excellence, The ICCA is all about leadership and is more than just a school.

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Shagufta Patel

Shagufta Patel

People Development Specialist