Professional course to become a Chef

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Chef course objectives

This course is designed for those who want to achieve a high level of specialisation in Italian cuisine. Students are taught all aspects of the profession of Chef, from organising stock and supplies to menu planning, from preparing all kinds of courses and dishes to applying correct hygiene and cleanliness in the workplace. On completion of the course, participants will be able to invent and propose menus which exalt the value of the products found within the Italian culinary tradition.

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Key skills

a Chef needs to:

  • plan menus
  • handle purchases
  • direct and coordinate the work of assistant chefs
  • instruct dining room staff on the menu
  • check the food which goes out of the kitchen
  • understand various cooking and preparation techniques
  • know traditional and national dishes
  • understand the ingredients and raw materials used for cooking
  • know kitchen tools and equipment

How to become a Chef in Italy

Becoming a Chef means working for a restaurant, a hotel or other types of company in the culinary industry, or after years of experience starting a personal business. These are the requirements to be able to practice the profession of Chef in Italy:

  • a diploma from a hospitality training institute or a qualification obtained through attending specialist courses
  • passing the exam of eligibility to serve food and drinks (Italian law 25th August 1991, no. 287)

Those who have worked for at least two years in bars and restaurants as well as those who possess an upper secondary school certificate or degree can also be admitted to the eligibility exam.

Become a Chef with the Scuola di Cucina

The Chef course at the Scuola di Cucina lasts for 6 months in total. It is divided into 2 months of theoretical lessons and practical classes, and a 4-month practical working experience period at a sector-related business.

  • Theoretical lessons: with expert teachers who don’t just teach but also work as professionals in the sector
  • Practical lessons: to consolidate knowledge acquired during theoretical lessons. Students are fully supported by teachers and acquire essential practical skills.
  • Practical working experience: this important part of the course is held at a business within the sector and allows students to put into practice all they have learnt during lessons, giving them in addition valuable experience to add to their professional CV.

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