ALMA takes part in the ambitious international project of Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and real estate development companies, and opens its first foreign branch in Bangkok, within the exclusive The Food School. A unique joint venture offering experiential training in Italian, Japanese and Thai cuisine – as well as exclusive incubation services for startups in the restaurant industry – in a state-of-the-art facility and involving, together with ALMA, Dusit Thani College and Japan’s renowned Tsuji Culinary Institute.

ALMA thus takes its educational know-how across borders, pursuing the goal of enhancing and spreading the Italian food heritage around the world.

The Food School is designed to provide an innovative, progressive and experiential learning environment, and is aimed at young professionals, food lovers, career changers and entrepreneurs looking to get the best possible start for their F&B businesses. Central to The Food School’s offerings are long course modules in Thai cooking, Japanese cooking, and Italian cooking and baking, as well as short course modules that draw on the latest food trends and unique business incubation services with “Cloud Kitchen” facilities.

The Opening Ceremony

ALMA officially marked the opening of its first flagship school in Southeast Asia with a special inauguration ceremony at The Food School Bangkok, Thailand’s first multinational culinary school, where ALMA, alongside Tsuji Culinary Institute and Dusit Thani College, is based. Presided over by the then president and CEO of ALMA Mr Enzo Malanca, Gabriele Baistrocchi, CFO ALMA, His Excellency Mr Paolo Dionisi, Ambassador of Italy to Thailand, and ALMA’s Italian Chef Instructors,Mr Siradej Donavanik, Vice President – Development Global, Dusit International and Mr Laurent Casteret, School Director, The Food School Bangkok.

Such a prestigious partnership with Dusit in The Food School project describes an important impetus for the School’s international mission. Taking part in the creation of an educational hub in one of the most important Asian capitals both economically and gastronomically, such as Bangkok, represents an ambitious project where the excellence of a group like Dusit and the recognized authoritativeness on the educational level of ALMA, constitute the common denominator among the partners involved.

Enzo Malanca, President and CEO of ALMA from 2012 to 2023
Photo: The ribbon-cutting moment during the inauguration on January 18, 2023.

The Ceremonial Launching

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has presided over the Ceremonial Launching of ‘The Food School Bangkok’. Mr Arsa Sarasin, Chairman of Dusit Thani Public Company Limited, Mr Chanin Donavanik, Vice Chairman and Executive Committee Chairman of Dusit Thani Public Company Limited, together with Gabriele Baistrocchi, CFO ALMA and executives and staff member of The Food School Bangkok have offered an audience to Her Royal Highness.

Upon this auspicious occasion, Mrs Suphajee Suthumpun, Chief Executive Officer of Dusit Thani Public Company Limited, has received an honour to report the school overview.

Thereafter, Her Royal Highness has visited the progressive learning areas and atmospheres led by Chef Instructors from the three partner schools which include ALMA, TSUJI Culinary Institute and Dusit Thani College. Moreover, Her Royal Highness has visited the vertical farm where the school aims to empower the sustainable ingredient production and signed the commemorative parchment in honour of the school.

The School

Equipped with the latest kitchen equipment, blended learning platforms, and audiovisual presentation technology, The Food School occupies 3,200 square meters of carefully designed space on three floors, one for each school, in the new Creative & Startup Village in the Sam Yan district of the Capital.
Equity partners in the more than 9 million development include Dusit International, Glowfish Co-Working Space (under the private real estate investment company, Heritage Estates Co., Ltd.), Allied Metals, one of Asia’s leading suppliers of professional kitchens and kitchen infrastructure, and finally ALMA.

The Food School offers short course modules in culinary science and nutrition, artisanal culinary arts, industrial retraining and upgrading; as well as special courses on plant-based food production, sustainable and locally grown products, and international master classes, among others.

Students during their journey will also have access to The Food School’s unique entrepreneurial incubation platform, The Test Kitchen, which will offer the aforementioned Cloud Kitchen support and facilities for product testing and experimentation; business planning services; professional coaching and mentorship; as well as exclusive opportunities to obtain financial support from investors during specially organized pitching sessions.

The courses

ALMA Chefs at The Food School

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