Giving Back to the Culinary Arts...

We Make Lives Happen – One Million Dirham Continuing Education Award

This internationally acclaimed initiative is a commitment to educate and train the talented and deserving, but financially underprivileged young chefs in the UAE Hospitality Industry through an annual over ‘One Million Dirham Continuing Education Award’.

The program is designed to bridge the skills gap across the industry and strive for excellence, while developing a socially inclusive working environment for the long term. In doing so, it not only empowers the deserving chefs with an international qualification, but also brings about a total transformation in their lives and as well as their families’.

This initiative is executed in strategic partnership with Emirates Culinary Guild (ECG), World Association of Chefs Societies (WorldChefs) and City & Guilds, London.

It is all about giving the very best, and that together we can make lives happen!

“Whenever someone takes a course at the ICCA, an amount from their fee is automatically contributed towards helping the talented and deserving but financially underprivileged young chefs in the industry by equipping them with an internationally recognised qualification for a brighter future…” Sunjeh Raja, Director & CEO

Brian Armstrong Otieno

With the boost in my knowledge from the scholarship program and my work experience in Dubai, I am now able to fulfill my dream of traveling and working in different places.

I am now in the Maldives, working for a high end luxurious and executive resort which is part of the Hurawalhi Group. I am so grateful for this education opportunity I got and it would be an honor for that to be acknowledged.


Alpu Rai

I consider myself fortunate to be part of this ICCA Scholarship Program, as after graduating from the program did I really understand that what I had got to learn, had helped me grow in the Industry. In the future, I would definitely want to support and sponsor someone else’s Dream, just the way the ICCA Scholarship Program helped do for me.


Antonette Ermino

I am now working in Waldorf Astoria (DIFC) Pre-opening as Demi Chef de Partie. I take this opportunity to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to ICCA Dubai.  It has been a huge help for me to achieve so many things in my career. I still clearly remember the day I was interviewed, it was July of 2016 when I had just begun my culinary journey as a Commis Chef 3 at the JW Marriott and in just 2 years I was promoted to Demi Chef de Partie.


Dulip Prasanna Rajapakse

I am so grateful for the opportunity to complete the Scholarship Program at ICCA Dubai. Currently, I am working in The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney, Australia.

The knowledge and internationally recognised qualification I attained from ICCA Dubai has enabled me to migrate to Australia.


Saroj Maharjan

I am now in Doha, Qatar working as a Chef de Partie at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, getting to share my knowledge with other chefs that I got to learn at the ICCA Scholarship Program. As I learned from ICCA “learning never ends”, each and every day I strive to learn new things in my life.

To all the graduating chefs, even though you have done long hours of hard work, night shifts and some of you even traveling long distances, to regularly attend class, is well worth all the efforts!

Proud to say that “I AM TEAM ICCA!”


Lakmal Wickrmathunga

I am now working as a Sushi Chef in Herning City, Denmark. My experience at The Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek, the internationally recognised qualification I received from ICCA Dubai together with Chef Uwe’s mentoring made it all possible for me!


Jennah Bernadette Sanchez

I am currently working at The Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, in Hell’s Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay.

Though working in the Gordon Ramsay group is a big impact on my CV, but graduating from a well known culinary school like ICCA Dubai has helped me achieve my goals and boost my career.

My dream was to study in a culinary school, I could not afford the fees as it was expensive, but ICCA gave me the dream I couldn’t imagine.


Sirendran Nagarathnam

Ever since I graduated from ICCA, my life has changed. It gave me a chance to explore the culinary world. I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to come to Melbourne, Australia, as a Chef De Partie. And now, I have been working as the Junior Sous Chef at The Star Casino, Sydney, which is considered one of the finest five-star properties in the world.

It is a privilege to work at The Star and my career is growing with more knowledge and experience than I ever imagined.

All this could not have happened without ICCA Dubai.


Anjali Khadgi

I am currently working with the German Resturant – The Baverien Bier Cafe in Brisbane, Australia.

The ICCA family has shown me the path to achieve my goals and an opportunity of a lifetime.


Ramesh Bakki

Through the ICCA Scholarship Program, I have learned more about the Hospitality Industry, the different techniques and preparation methods in world of Culinary Arts. I am more competent because of this training and knowledge I have acquired, and I plan to execute my knowledge and improve on it to grow further to make my mark in the culinary world.

At the moment, the sky’s the limit for me!