International Centre for Culinary Arts


United Arab Emirates


International Centre for Culinary Arts, Dubai (ICCA Dubai), is a State of the Art Vocational Education Training (VET) Centre, to teach and train in International Commercial Cookery, based on Classical Continental Cuisine and popular Regional Specialties from the world over.

ICCA Dubai features amongst the Top 10 culinary institutes in the World and has been awarded the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), a global authority on food and food standards. The Recognition of Quality Culinary Education award seeks to recognize training and education that meets or exceeds the culinary standards education established by WACS.

It is industry centered takes on Vocational Training with an integrated approach for the refinement of Food Production and Kitchen Management Skills, thus enabling students to seamlessly integrate, effectively deliver and excel in the Hospitality Industry.

The comprehensive training curriculum here focuses intensively on the development of Commercial Cookery Skills, Product Creativity, Multitasking Abilities, Interpersonal Skills, Supervisory and Leadership Strengths, together with Special Proficiency Certifications in;

  • SelfCooking Center - RATIONAL Certified Operator (RCO), RATIONAL AG, Germany
  • Dynamic Fresh System - Cook & Chill Production Techniques, IRINOX S.p.A, Italy
  • Sous Vide Cooking, KitchenAid, USA
  • Food Hygiene and HACCP Awareness, Dubai Municipality Accredited
  • Grease & Waste Management, ALULINE UK
  • Warewash System Training, WINTERHALTER GmbH, Germany

ICCA Dubai in association with Futura, Australia, takes culinary training to the next level, through the innovative use of multimedia based training and learning management systems for more effective learning.

The above system configurations are all top of the line international industry standards and delivered in association with the respective OEMs - Original Equipment Manufacturers, our VET Partners.

ICCA Dubai - International Chef Training Program (ICTP)

ICCA Dubai specially trains & equips students with industry best practices for placement in the Hospitality and Cruise Line Industry Internationally, through a one of its kind quality & competency based Diploma in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) - International Chef Training Program, an IVQ - International Vocational Qualification, accredited by the City & Guilds, London and recognized by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Government of Dubai, UAE, that aims to deliver high calibre, custom trained, industry operations oriented chefs for quality and efficient operations. Thereby young chefs with a high level of culinary skills and a broad based Commercial Cookery knowledge are made available for Work Placement in the Hospitality Industry, internationally.

ICCA Dubai also helps create value addition to the Chefs trained and for the prospective employers as well, by way of a unique last mile outlet / environment specific Customization Program.

ICCA Dubai - Work Experience Placement (WEP) Program:

The ICCA Dubai - WEP Program is an essential part of the course and follows the 720 hours of intensive on-campus guided learning and training in the ICCADHC - ICTP. The WEP Program provides Student Chefs with valuable "hands-on" involvement in the industry working environment by way of a paid work experience placement. Here the Student Chefs can apply their knowledge & skills gained in the training. Such industrial work experiences help increase a Student Chefs future skilled employment & other international opportunities. ICCA Dubai works closely with each Student Chef, to help them be placed with suitable work experience placements that are in line with their aptitude levels, interests, personality and goals.

Work Experience in Dubai - UAE has become one of the hottest tourist destinations. The Hospitality Industry here is very large with the establishment of most leading international hotel chains and the UAE also features some of the best luxury hotels in the world. The Food Industry is very competitive and highly discerning, with most international retail food concepts and specialty restaurants from the world over established here. Thus work experience in the food & hospitality industry in the UAE is highly recognized the world over.

International Cruise Line and Hospitality Industry Placements

The hospitality sector is one of the fastest growing businesses in the UAE & the Middle East region, evolving in tune with the impressive tourism growth. It is also the largest employing industry in the world and the prospects of a successful career in this industry are immense.

ICCA Dubai students have been placed on international cruise lines such as, The Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) USA, Oceania Cruises USA, Celebrity Cruises USA, Thomson Ships UK and with leading Hotels such as J W Marriot Hotel, Le Meridian Hotel, Address Hotels, Armani Hotel, Al Habtoor Hotel & Spa, Courtyard by Marriot, Fairmont Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Hilton Hotels, Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Kempinski Hotels, Jumeirah Hotels, Metropolitan Hotels , Millennium Hotels, Oasis Beach Hotel, Palace Hotel, Rydges Plaza Hotel, Shangri-La Hotel, Westin - Le Meridian and in retail food concepts such as Apres, BidiBondi, Caf?eramique, Caf?avana, Costa, Deli Express, Haya Club, Hey Pesto, Inferno, Japengo, La Brioche, Left Bank, MORE, Pauls Caf?The Butcher Shop & Grill, The Okku Dubai, Traders Vic, Wagamama, etc., amongst many others.

Further Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the ICTP / WEP Program, candidates can set up business enterprises in the food industry of international standards or qualify to take up employment at the Commis / Assistant Chef Levels in the international hospitality industry, namely in Australia, Canada and the UK etc.

This course also provides maximum versatility in the workplace by way of cross-training, technical up gradation and career enhancement, for those already in the industry.

Amateur Programs & Lifestyle Classes

Not everyone who loves cooking great food wants to do it for a living. The Certificate Program in Culinary Techniques in Cookery or Patisserie, give the skills and confidence necessary, to whip up truly outstanding creations. ICCA Dubai also shares its rich experience and expertise in providing customized training of International Standards, in the form of Lifestyle Classes, for those who seek to pursue cookery as a Hobby or as a Life Skill.

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