ALMA network welcomes South Africa
ALMA’s International network of culinary schools increases again. South Africa, represented by Prue Leith Chefs Academy in Centurion (Johannesburg), is about to sign an agreement with ALMA. Founded in 1997, Prue Leith is a veritable culinary institutions in South Africa, with courses ranging from cuisine to pastry and sommellerie.
After a first contact few months ago, last week came the very first students, who are now attending a joint program in Italian cuisine with American and Turkish students. Their tailor-made schedule is entirely given in English and includes a two-month course at ALMA Headquarters in Colorno, and a five-month internship at most renown Italian restaurants. The program is a rehearsal before the actual start of Prue Leith-ALMA joint-program which is supposed to be structured on a one-year period, between South Africa and Italy. At the end of the program, students will be taking a final exam, and eventually become professional cooks of Italian Cuisine.
This joint-program will be officially presented on Saturday, January 28th in Johannesburg, where ALMA will be represented by Managing Director Riccardo Carelli, Headmaster Chef Luciano Tona and Executive Manager Andrea Sinigaglia. The schedule will include meetings and theory lessons dedicated to Italian Cuisine and Italian typical products. Chef Luciano Tona, together with a group of students, will organise and prepare two gala dinners for many guests, such as the Italian Consul in South Africa and representatives of ICE and Italian Chamber of Trade in Johannesburg. ALMA and Prue Leith will then be officially signing their partnership agreement.