ICCA’s Youngest Graduate


Being in a culinary school and getting trained to become a chef is a very demanding process.  Even if you love cooking, not everyone has what it takes to be in a culinary school to learn professional cooking, especially if you’re an expecting mother.

One could think why anyone would want to do a culinary program that is physically & mentally challenging when they are expecting.  However, Faranak Shafiei had a different approach when pregnancy and culinary education decided to show up together.

Fara, as we call her, has joined ICCA Dubai like any other cooking enthusiast to learn professional cookery and patisserie with future culinary goals in her mind. It was only after enrolling into the program she found out about her pregnancy, which even though made her have second thoughts initially, with her determination and the support from her family & the school she decided to continue with the program.

“I could say being in the school was one of my best experiences during the pregnancy time. I chose to continue with the program at that time because I wanted to have plenty of free time when the baby comes along, and I must admit that the program helped me keep both my body and mind active in a healthy way throughout this period” said Faranak Shafiei.

When asked upon coping up with the physical strain of being in the kitchen during those days, Faranak said, “It was not much of a strain for me and I think it depends on person-to-person. Luckily, my baby cooperated very well with me so everything was normal and I didn’t have any health issues as well during that whole time I was in the kitchen. And above all everyone at ICCA has been a great support; from my batch mates to the chefs, they all were extremely considerate towards me or rather us”.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if my baby would want to have a career in the culinary industry when she grows up; after all, we learned and graduated together from ICCA Dubai. And, I am sure my baby will also feel some connection to the school as much as I feel ICCA as my second home”, she added.

Now that Fara’s little one has arrived, she’s a full-time mother with all her time solely dedicated to the baby.  Also, it was a joyous moment for everyone at ICCA to finally meet our little graduate when she came to visit us with her mom.

As far as her future plans are concerned, Fara is planning to open up a café soon and she’s also coming back to her second home ICCA for sugarcraft classes after this summer.

Shruti Raj

A simple writer, with hands on experience in Public Relations and Communications. An ardent lover of food with a natural flair for culinary arts, who loves to write anything and everything about food, with a career background of more than half a decade invested in various communication fields. Now being a part of ICCA Dubai Digital Marketing team, she intends to showcase her professional expertise in web & print content development and food photography, and adapt to learn more with the team.

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