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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

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

Italian Pastry Program

  • 4 Weeks |  Full-time | Certificate of Attendance

The course is aimed at international students who wish to become pastry chefs, and focuses on building consistent knowledge of pastry making. The program is the gateway for all those who want to start a career in the world of pastry making but do not have previous experience in this field.

This program represents the chance to build strong foundations in this field and be ready to access the industry with a focus on the Italian tradition in the pastry world, thus having a unique specialisation in the sector.

Earn Certificate of Attendance “Italian Pastry Program


  • Focus on creams, shortcrust pastry and sponge cake
  • Chocolate and its applications
  • Focus on puff pastry, bignés, monoportions and  Italian style small pastry products
  • Italian artisan gelato
  • Food studies and Italian culture

Parma Campus

Next intake: July

Language:   English

Italian Pasta Program

  • 3 Weeks |  Full-time | Certificate of Attendance

This unique course will offer students the possibility to enter the world of Italian pasta production, learning specific techniques for both dry and fresh pasta as well as how to deal with production for direct sales and catering service.

This is the perfect chance for all international students who wish to learn the techniques of pasta making and production both for fresh pasta laboratory and catering to have a real professionalizing experience and make a step forward to entrepreneurship in the industry.

Earn Certificate of Attendance “Italian Pasta Program”


  • Pasta making: introduction to the use of special machines for filled, extruded and laminated pasta
  • Pasta making: insight to the use of special machines for filled, extruded and laminated pasta
  • Italian fresh pasta : the use of the rolling pin
  • Pasta in an Italian restaurant

Parma Campus

Next intake: May

Language:   English

Italian Pizza Program

  • 3 Weeks |  Full-time | Certificate of Attendance

This course is dedicated to pizza lovers who wish to learn the techniques of pizza making and the Italian culture around this product.

Students will have the possibility to learn the traditions behind the original Italian Pizza, the techniques as well as the main products related to it, confronting with different styles, ingredients, techniques and interpretations, and finally be ready to enter the world of work with a specific preparation on this unique product.

Earn Certificate of Attendance “Italian Pizza Program”


  • From theory to practice: different types of Italian pizza
  • World of Pizza: experience and knowledge of products and pairings
  • Training on Pizza, Focaccia and Pizza derivatives

Parma Campus

Next intake: June

Language:   English

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