ICCA’s Annual Culinary Scholarship – Class of 2017


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 Chefs.

Dubai, UAE, December 10, 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. 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 story”– 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 Micheel, 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 International Industry Standards, Mr. Raja said, “The ICCA Dubai 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.”

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 Micheel 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.




Shruti Raj

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