“If you like good food, cook it yourself.”
-Li Liweng

It’s the middle of the night and you are craving for your grandmother’s signature grilled cheese sandwich. Your girlfriend’s parents are coming over to your home during Thanksgiving season. Your kids have been longing for that life-altering taste of authentic Neapolitan pizza that you had during a past trip to Naples.

All these and similar other situations may have you wishing you knew how to cook (or to be specific, to cook well). Whether it’s for an impromptu get-together or simply because you need comfort food, knowing how to cook can bring a lot of benefits to your life.

If you’re interested in dipping your fingers into the world of cooking, or if you already know how but would like to improve your culinary skills, then there are a variety of culinary courses that you can take.

Cooking Is Good for the Soul

Humans have had a long relationship with cooking. It’s safe to say that it is a basic skill necessary for life to thrive. Some may survive just on takeaways or instant-cook items, but there’s a certain satisfaction that comes with cooking your own food from scratch.

Here at the International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) Dubai, we take pride in knowing that we have helped countless people improve their lives through cooking courses. It doesn’t matter if they are amateurs or professional chefs; in one way or another, they have experienced the joy of cooking and how it plays a role in their personal and professional growth.

If you want to learn about the basics of cooking or want to explore other specialised culinary disciplines, then ICCA can provide you with what you need. With a professional and prominent team on board and years of experience in the industry, you can look forward to learning only from the best.

Add because you will gain access to award-winning facilities and programs, an extensive network of global partners, and exclusive partnerships that lead to international opportunities in the hospitality industry, you are assured that you will surely taste sweet success.

So whether you are looking for cooking classes for beginners or advanced courses and chef certification training, you can look forward to gaining knowledge that will certainly contribute to your growth. Here are some of the culinary courses that you can consider joining:

1. Artisan Pizza Program

Now is your chance to finally learn the secrets of making your own authentic Italian pizza. At ICCA, you can learn how to make scrumptious slices of pizza – whether you intend to use your skills at home or for commercial purposes. In collaboration with the Scuola Nationale di Pizza, Italy, you can learn traditional production skills from the pizza masters themselves.

For pizza making at home, you not only learn the basics of how to knead, roll out, season, and cook pizza. Serious enthusiasts will also discover the relationship between the chemical and physical characteristics of the base ingredients. In addition to this, you will be taught how to solve common problems as well, such as achieving the right dough consistency.

In addition, there are specially designed courses for commercial pizza cooks and pizza makers who are already at the entrepreneurial and professional levels. Advanced topics such as contemporary processes and presentation concepts will be tackled in the course. You will also learn about the theoretical and practical aspects of pizza making.

2. Certificate in Culinary Techniques – Cookery

If you want to create a variety of scrumptious appetisers and mouth-watering main courses, then this course is a good foundation for building your culinary skills.

Here, you will be introduced to the kitchen operations that include basic kitchen procedures and safety considerations at work. You will also tackle topics such as Introduction to Catering and the Hospitality Industry as well as the basics of nutrition.

Aside from learning how to properly execute standard recipes, food safety, and safe food storage, there are 250 other culinary arts techniques that you can learn.

3. Diploma in Cookery

This class is part of the Professional Diploma Program at ICCA. Here, those who want to become a professional chef or start a food business will learn about classical Continental cuisine and commercial food production operations.

This is an intensive training course where participants are introduced to hospitality and kitchen operations. You will also be taught the foundations of practical cookery. You will learn how to classify, select, prepare, and cook different dishes.

It also includes learning about different accompaniments, cuts, dietary implications, equipment and tools, garnishes, health and safety practices, hygiene best practices, nutrition, sustainability practices, and techniques.

Skills That Satisfy

Whether you want to learn cooking for personal or professional purposes, ICCA can offer you the best venue to indulge your need for cooking skills. Together with your interest and passion in the culinary arts, we can work hand and hand and equip you with skills that will help satisfy your hunger for culinary know-how.

Call us today for more information on our available courses.