NEW | ALMA & École Ducasse

Learn the art of French and Italian pastry creation with

French and Italian Pastry Arts Diploma

a fully immersive course taught across two countries.


Designed for pastry lovers,
this unique program offers

8 weeks of hands-on, personalized trainings

1 month internship in France or Italy (optional)

a prestigious joint-diploma from two internationally recognized institutions


The Art of French & Italian Pastry Arts Diploma is a highly practical program taught at the outstanding facilities of École Ducasse – École Nationale Supérieure de Pâtisserie Française, in the iconic Chateau de Montbarnier located at Yssingeaux in France, and ALMA the School of Italian Culinary Arts, in the beautiful Ducal Palace of Colorno in Italy.

You will spend 4 weeks in each location to fully immerse yourself in the culture and techniques that make French and Italian pastry renowned throughout the world. You’ll then have the opportunity to put what you’ve learned into practice during a one-month internship (optional) in one of the two countries.

The program is limited to a maximum of 14 students and covers a full range of pastry and dessert arts creation—from traditional biscuits, tarts and cakes to chocolates, gelato and beyond. You’ll learn from world-leading pastry chefs and masters of their craft in hands-on lessons designed to take you far beyond the fundamentals of pastry arts.




Program content:

  • Tradition & evolution
  • Modern tarts and entremets
  • Traditional bread (French baguette, brioches, …)
  • Viennoiseries (croissants and pains au chocolat, …)
  • Plated desserts
  • Sugar artistic masterpieces

École Ducasse – École Nationale Supérieure de Pâtisserie

The ENSP is located in Yssingeaux, in France’s Haute-Loire region. Founded in 1984, it has set the standard of excellence in France—and globally—for professionals in pastry, bakery, chocolate, confectionery and ice cream arts.

Housed within the imposing Château de Montbarnier, the school successfully combines heritage and modernity, offering a unique family atmosphere.


Program content:

  • Classic Italian desserts
  • Italian pralines
  • Gelato
  • Chocolate artistic piece
  • Bread and mother-yeast
  • Great mother-yeast leavened products
  • Italian breakfast
  • Plated desserts

ALMA, the School of Italian Culinary Arts

ALMA is recognized as the world’s leading educational and training centre for Italian food and beverage, training cooks, pastry chefs, bakery chefs, sommeliers, professional waiting staff, restaurant managers, pizza chefs, pasta chefs and gelato artisans.

ALMA is based in the heart of the Food Valley, in the beautiful Ducal Palace of Colorno, just a few kilometres from Parma, a 2015 UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.

2023 edition is closed for enrolments.

Stay tuned for more information on 2024 batches of intakes!

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