École Ducasse launches in India

Celebrated French chef Alain Ducasse was in India to launch the first École Ducasse campus in the country at Indian School of Hospitality, Gurugram.
At the inauguration of école ducasse india (left to right): prahlad puri, julian mercier, dilip puri, alain ducasse, elise masurel, and kunal vasudeva.
At the inauguration of École Ducasse India (left to right): Prahlad Puri, Julian Mercier, Dilip Puri, Alain Ducasse, Elise Masurel, and Kunal Vasudeva.

State-of-the-art culinary education is now in India. Alain Ducasse, founder of École Ducasse and the world’s most-awarded Michelin-star chef inaugurated the first École Ducasse campus in the country on June 16, 2022. The campus is located at Indian School of Hospitality (ISH), Gurugram which is founded by hospitality veteran, Dilip Puri. Chef Ducasse’s visit will strengthen the partnership between ISH and École Ducasse, both part of Sommet Education’s global network of schools.

Rather than merely train students in French cooking, École Ducasse will equip its students with a toolbox of techniques that will hold them in good stead in their careers and an evolving culinary world, Chef Ducasse revealed at a press interaction. The future of food is less meat, more vegetables and cereals and more sustainable and conscious eating, he added.

Interestingly, the students will get an opportunity to finish their course at École Ducasse campuses in France followed by internships at any of Chef Ducasse’s restaurants. It’s a new world of opportunity for Indian hospitality students.

Ducasse recognises the potential in Indian students passionate about culinary arts and his visit is an important milestone for the future of gastronomy in South Asia. India has seen phenomenal growth in the culinary space over the last few years. As per the Food and Beverage Services Global Market Report 2022, the global F&B services market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.2 percent by 2026. Consumer behaviour is evolving rapidly and so is the number of students who are keen on pursuing a career in culinary and pastry arts. 

The inaugural plaque of école ducasse india, unveiled by chef alain ducasse.
The inaugural plaque of École Ducasse India, unveiled by Chef Alain Ducasse.

Culinary programmes taught at École Ducasse in India will include undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate courses. Each of these combine technical, managerial and entrepreneurial skills which enable culinary aspirants to master more than cooking. The practical, hands-on training methodology of the programmes offer food enthusiasts, career-changers and professionals the perfect platform to establish themselves in the global F&B industry. The programmes also offer students the opportunity to articulate to École Ducasse campuses in France and study semesters as well as pursue internships abroad. An education with École Ducasse makes students highly employable upon graduation and opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities in the culinary industry at a worldwide level. The importance of the École Ducasse alumni network cannot be overemphasised.

The USP of École Ducasse of course is its founder Alain Ducasse, whose know-how it shares. Ducasse has built his reputation on innovation, attention to detail and dedication to excellence and strong technique, while never compromising on sustainability. His desire to pass on his vision and knowledge lies at the heart of École Ducasse.

The state-of-art école ducasse kitchens at the indian school of hospitality, gurugram.
The state-of-art École Ducasse kitchens at the Indian School of Hospitality, Gurugram.

The École Ducasse ISH Gurugram campus features 75,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art facilities including modern training kitchens, sophisticated classrooms and student experience areas. This campus marks the start of a broader rollout in India that will see the establishment of École Ducasse Studios across key cities — where individuals interested in the culinary arts can upskill themselves; it was hinted that Chef Ducasse himself may occasionally make appearances at these studios. There may also be a second campus over the next few years. The programmes offered will jointly celebrate the rich heritage of French and Indian cuisine, while echoing global trends in contemporary gastronomy and the philosophy of the institute’s founder.

Talking about his first visit to the country, Chef  Ducasse said, “India holds one of the greatest culinary traditions in the world. The mission of our school is to give this asset the worldwide recognition it deserves. India must become one of the influential voices on the global culinary scene. We want to offer to Indian culinary aspirants, new horizons abroad as well as in India”.

Dilip Puri, Founder & CEO, Indian School of Hospitality, also shared his thoughts on the occasion, “Culinary education in India is getting its due recognition, and we’re proud to be the disruptors of this transformation. By introducing École Ducasse in India at ISH, we’re bringing the best of global education for students. Through international programmes and pathways, and a state-of-the-art campus, we’re not just sharing the vision of Chef Alain Ducasse with culinary aspirants in India, but also reimagining culinary education in the region”.

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