Italian Culinary Program Launches for Fourth Consecutive Year in China

The Italian Trade Agency (ITA), along with the Embassy and Consulates of Italy in the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.), is pleased to announce the launch of the Italian Culinary Program for the fourth consecutive year. This initiative continues to foster cultural ties and promote authentic Italian cuisine in China.

Since its inception, the Italian Culinary Program has reached 25 outstanding culinary schools across China, engaging with over 5,330 students through the Master Class series, 3,197 students through Italian Culinary Workshops, and 67 culinary school instructors through the Italian Culinary Experience. Following the 2024 launch, the program will have expanded to a total of 31 schools.

The past three years’ completion of the program was a milestone achieved through the collaborative efforts of ITA offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, with strong support from the Italian Embassy and Consulates in China. This initiative has garnered significant acclaim from partner schools, receiving widespread positive feedback. The schools we have partnered with have expressed great appreciation for the program’s content and structure, contributing to its growing reputation.

Looking ahead to the 2024 edition, we are honored to welcome new schools to the Italian Culinary Program’s expanding network. We are also delighted to continue our collaboration with two schools that have proven to be exceptional partners in previous editions. Their continued participation is a testament to the program’s quality and impact.

The partner schools’ list of 2024

  • – Shanghai Zhongqiao Vocational and Technical University
  • – Tourism College of Zhejiang(repeated collaboration)
  • – Beijing Jingsong Vocational High School(repeated collaboration)
  • – Qingdao Vocational and Technical College of Hotel Management
  • – Liaoning Vocational Technical College of Modern Service
  • – Changsha Commerce and Tourism College
  • – Fujian Business University
  • – Sanya Aviation & Tourism College

These additional schools contribute to the program’s goal of promoting Italian culinary arts across China, from East to West and from North to South.

The Italian Culinary Program has three key components:

  1. Master Class: Created in collaboration with ALMA – The School of Italian Culinary Arts, this series features six video lessons covering various aspects of Italian cuisine, such as pasta, cheese, olive oil, bread, pizza, and gelato.
  1. Italian Culinary Workshops: These sessions provide hands-on experiences to complement the Master Class lessons. Workshops will take place at various partner schools throughout 2024, allowing students to interact with industry experts and apply their knowledge in a practical setting.
  1. Italian Culinary Experience: This component is designed to educate instructors at partner culinary institutes, providing them with a comprehensive framework for teaching Italian culinary arts. Since its inception, the Italian Culinary Experience has always been hosted in Shanghai, and the 2024 workshop will once again take place in this vibrant city, offering a platform for educators to learn from industry leaders and share best practices.


Italian Cuisine has been recently nominated to be included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list—a testament to the unique blend of tradition and innovation that defines Italian cooking. The Italian Culinary Program reflects this heritage by sharing the essence of Italian cuisine with culinary students across China. From homemade pasta passed down through generations to wood-fired pizza from iconic trattorias, the program brings the best of Italy’s culinary legacy to the forefront, inspiring a new generation of chefs and food professionals.



Since the signing of the EU-China landmark Geographical Indications agreement in 2020, Italian Trade Agency has been committed to promoting Italian quality products in China, with a particular focus on the PGI products from Italy. Out of the 100 European products listed in the agreement, 26 are Italian, covering wines, balsamic vinegars, cheeses, meat products, and so on, making Italy the most represented country.

Through the Italian Culinary Program, we aim to introduce even more Italian GI products to Chinese consumers, allowing participants to experience and savor the unique flavors and traditions of Italian cuisine. This initiative helps transform the program into a truly immersive experience, highlighting the quality and authenticity of Italian goods.


The Italian Culinary Program continues to be a cornerstone for cultural exchange between Italy and China, building a strong foundation for a shared passion for food. Through this program, ITA aims to inspire future professionals in the Chinese food and beverage industry while promoting Italy’s unique gastronomic heritage.



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