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Alain Ducasse, founder of École Ducasse inaugurates the first École Ducasse campus in India

Alain Ducasse, founder of École Ducasse and the world’s most-awarded Michelin-star chef visited India to inaugurate the first École Ducasse campus in the country. The campus is located at the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH), Gurugram which is founded by hospitality veteran, Dilip Puri. Alain Ducasse’s visit will strengthen the partnership between ISH and École Ducasse, both part of Sommet Education’s global network of schools.

Alain Ducasse recognises the potential in Indian students passionate about culinary arts and his visit is an important milestone for the future of gastronomy in South Asia. India has seen phenomenal growth in the culinary space over the last few years. As per the Food and Beverage Services Global Market Report 2022, the global F&B services market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.2% by 2026. Consumer behavior is evolving rapidly and so is the number of students who are keen on pursuing a career in culinary and pastry arts.

Culinary programs taught at École Ducasse in India include an undergraduate degree, diploma, and certificate courses. Each of these combines technical, managerial, and entrepreneurial skills which enable culinary aspirants to master more than cooking. The practical, hands-on training methodologies of the programs offer food enthusiasts, career-changers, and professionals the perfect platform to establish themselves in the global F&B industry. The programs 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.

École Ducasse shares the know-how of its founder Alain Ducasse, one of the most iconic chefs, the only chef to hold 20 Michelin stars. He 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.

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 programs 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, Chef 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 to Indian culinary aspirants, new horizons abroad as well as in India”.

Dilip Puri, Founder & CEO, the Indian School of Hospitality, also shared his thoughts on the occasion, “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 to students. Through international programs 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”.

École Ducasse is a network of schools founded in 1999 by multi-starred chef Alain Ducasse, dedicated to the transmission of outstanding French expertise and excellence in culinary and pastry arts.

École Ducasse runs three schools in France – Paris Studio, Paris Campus, and the École Nationale Supérieure de Pâtisserie – as well as international schools in the Philippines, Brazil, Thailand, and India. All are united by a desire to share a passion for gastronomy with seasoned professionals as well as food enthusiasts, career changers, and students. This broad portfolio of programs aims to meet all training needs: from short programs for experts or food enthusiasts to intensive two, four, or six-month programs, to three-year undergraduate programs and bachelor’s degrees in culinary and pastry arts.

École Ducasse is part of Sommet Education, a worldwide leader in hospitality education.

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Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) is an institute of higher education focused on reimagining hospitality and culinary education for today’s generation and tomorrow’s businesses. ISH is part of Sommet Education’s global network of 18 campuses across 8 countries. At its state-of-the-art campus in Gurgaon (Delhi NCR), ISH offers degree as well as diploma and certificate programs in hospitality management and culinary arts at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Culinary programs at ISH are offered with the expertise, know-how, and industry recognition of the global École Ducasse brand, and hospitality management programs are offered in alliance with Les Roches, one of the world’s leading hospitality businesses schools.

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