ALMA and its five guest Countries
"Five Nations for ALMA": this is the name chosen for the Gala Dinner organized by ALMA for Monday, 28 May in honour of their foreign student guests. Currently, five countries are currently attending the school, as confirmation of its strong international focus: Brazil, Canada, Korea, Mexico and the U.S.
If the Korean students from Il Cuoco - the Italian Culinary Institute of Seoul are about halfway through their training in Colorno (in all 13 weeks), the Canadians from the ITHQ - Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Quebec didn't arrive until last week.
In these first few days at ALMA, where they will remain until early June, the 15 students from the ITHQ, under the guidance of Chef Marco Soldati and Matteo Berti have been learning the basics of classic Italian cuisine and pastry making.
They have also had the opportunity to meet the Rector of ALMA, Gualtiero Marchesi, who explained his famous Code to them, as well as to make educational visits around Emilia, in search of such excellences as Parmigiano-Reggiano, Culatello di Zibello and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Reggio Emilia e di Modena.
In the case of Brazil and Mexico, this is the first time the School has launched a joint programme with the Senac University Centre of Sao Paulo and the CEASE University - Centro de Estudios Superiores de San Angel.
The Brazilian students' course started on Monday, 28 May and will continue for nine weeks; their Mexican colleagues' adventure (also in this case, nine weeks at ALMA) instead started the following day. Working alongside them are American students from the ICC - Italian Culinary Academy of New York.