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About Alma La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana

ALMA is recognised as the most authoritative training centre for all those who wish to become chefs, patissiers or bread makers, for those who dream of becoming sommeliers or wish to become maîtres, managers of restaurants or other catering facilities. To embark on a training programme at ALMA means a lot more than simply attending a cookery, pastry or sommelier course.

The aim of the School is not just to teach a profession, transfer knowledge or “fill empty vases”; it is, above all, to “ignite flames”, accompanying the passion of its students towards a culture of food and hospitality values. With this in mind, any course taken will be guided by values such as respect for the raw materials, Italian food and wine traditions and a profound sense of providing a service.

Attention to detail, order and discipline, commitment and dedication, punctuality and respect for one’s colleagues complete the values developed by our School, which accompany our students’ lives every day. ALMA is a school that prepares for the world of work and in this world, ALMA support our graduates in their search for employment opportunities as well as training and development required in the sector. What starts at ALMA is a bond which continues in time and space.

Next Generation Chef

THE NEXT GENERATION CHEFS – ALMA prepares the professionals of the future The Next Generation Chef is a daily commitment by ALMA to promote an education and culture based on the principles of sustainability, the key role played by food and consumer styles.

These topics are at the heart of the School’s identity. ALMA has brought together hundreds of experts in the sector, including chefs, historians, producers, journalists, critics and academics to work together by means of round tables, international surveys and conferences to develop the most advanced teaching methods. The aim is to prepare a generation of future professionals who are knowledgeable and responsible, who will be immediately capable of entering the world of work armed with a range of technical skills and a set of values which are essential even in this type of profession.



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ICP - Italian Culinary Program

  • 1 Year |  Full-time | Traineeship

This is the perfect culinary course if you are looking for a real full immersion in the Italian food and a complete study experience to become a professional chef of Italian Cuisine.

Unit I

Dedicated to all students passionate about food with no real experience in the sector, UNIT 1 focuses on mastering the techniques and learning to recognise the real taste of the Italian Cuisine.

Our teachers will guide the students around the Food Valley and other regions in Italy, therefore visiting places and introducing traditions that are at the basis of the Italian food excellence.

Unit II
The Italian Culinary Program UNIT 2 moves forward to an advanced level aiming at giving international students not just theoretical and practical training in advanced Italian Cuisine but a comprehensive Italian Experience.

Parma Campus

Next intake: January, May, October

Language:   English

IMPP - Italian Modern Pastry Program

  • 5 Months |  Full-time | 3 Months Traineeship

The Italian Modern Pastry Program is an intensive and educational experience that prepares students to become a professional pastry chef. The course includes both a residential phase, with theory and practical classes as well as a traineeship phase, alongside the best pastry chefs in Italy.

Earn professional Certificate of “Chef of Italian Modern Pastry

Based on the ALMA Method, the program:

  • Is designed to acquire techniques and to develop them into proficient skills in the art of pastry
  • Counts pastry demonstrations and training lessons, including the fundamentals of Italian world’s renowned pastry products, such as bakery products, regional Italian Pastry, Italian semifreddo, ice cream and sorbets, the great Italian mother-yeast leavened products and much more
  • Includes field trips around Italy with ALMA teachers and visiting local producers
  • Offers Classes on Sensory Analysis and Wines
  • Gives an overview on the History of Italian Pastry completing the educational path of the future pastry chef

Parma Campus

Next intake: January, May, October

Language:   English

A Taste of Italy

  • 5 Days |  40 Hours | Certificate of Attendance

This 1-week program is addressed to Italian Food Lovers wishing to enrich their trip to Italy, including a different way to explore the country and discovering the excellences of Italian Gastronomy in a brand new way.

Parma Campus

Next intake: Upon request

Language:   English

Italian Pasta

  • 6 Days |  48 Hours | Certificate of Attendance | Every Monday

A 1-to-1 program, addressed to professionals in the catering world, wishing to deepen their knowledge the Italian food "par excellence": Pasta.

The course combines the direct experience of products and raw materials, the command of techniques and processes, as well as the knowledge and practice of Italian traditional recipes.

This special format program includes also the demonstration of an Italian “Rezdora”, and ends with a field trip to allow the student to touch and taste the final product.

Parma Campus

Language:   English

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