The first École Ducasse campus in India -- at the Indian School of Hospitality -- has been inaugurated by Alain Ducasse, founder of École Ducasse, on July 16.
Culinary programmes taught at École Ducasse in India include undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate courses. Each of these combine technical, managerial and entrepreneurial skills which enable culinary aspirants to master more than cooking. The practical, hands-on training methodology of the programmes offer food enthusiasts, career-changers and professionals the perfect platform to establish themselves in the global F&B industry.
The programmes also offer students the opportunity to articulate to École Ducasse campuses in France and study semesters as well as pursue internships abroad. An education with École Ducasse makes students highly employable upon graduation and opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities in the culinary industry at a worldwide level.
Dilip Puri, founder and CEO, Indian School of Hospitality, said, "Culinary education in India is getting its due recognition, and we’re proud to be the disruptors of this transformation. By introducing École Ducasse in India at ISH, we’re bringing the best of global education for students. Through international programmes and pathways, and a state-of-the-art campus, we’re not just sharing the vision of chef Alain Ducasse with culinary aspirants in India, but also reimagining culinary education in the region."
The École Ducasse ISH Gurugram campus features 75,000 sq. ft of state-of-the-art facilities, including modern training kitchens, sophisticated classrooms and student experience areas. This campus marks the start of a broader rollout in India that will see the establishment of École Ducasse Studios across key cities and a second campus over the next few years.
The programmes offered will jointly celebrate the rich heritage of French and Indian cuisine, while echoing global trends in contemporary gastronomy and the philosophy of the institute’s founder.
Talking about his first visit to the country, Ducasse said, "India holds one of the greatest culinary traditions in the world. The mission of our school is to give this asset the worldwide recognition it deserves. India must become one of the influential voices on the global culinary scene. We want to offer Indian culinary aspirants, new horizons abroad as well as in India."
The only chef to hold 20 Michelin stars, Alain Ducasse is known for his innovation, attention to detail and dedication to excellence and strong technique, while never compromising on sustainability. His desire to pass on his vision and knowledge lies at the heart of École Ducasse.