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Ecole Ducasse and the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism will inaugurate the studio in December

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Published: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 9:34 p.m.

Ecole Ducasse, a world-renowned French culinary school founded by Alain Ducasse, one of the most popular and renowned chefs, will open its new institute in Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT – Abu Dhabi), in partnership with Erth Hospitality, will launch Ecole Ducasse Abu Dhabi Studio in December.

Ecole Ducasse is a culinary school with a global reputation for excellence in teaching the culinary and pastry arts. It was founded in 1999 by chef Alain Ducasse, holder of 21 Michelin stars. Since then, it has established world-class institutes in France, India, the Philippines and Thailand.

The facility in Abu Dhabi will be the first institute in the region for Ecole Ducasse, which is now part of Sommet Education, a leading international network of culinary arts and hospitality management schools.

The studio will be located at the Cultural Foundation. Short, professional classes will be taught in a contemporary and friendly space, with easy-to-use professional equipment. The studio will offer classes and courses for all levels, from aspiring culinary enthusiasts to talents looking to expand their skills. Established within the historical site of Qasr Al Hosn, the meticulously designed institute will have a space of 418 square meters. The studio features a spacious classroom area, a fully equipped open kitchen, a custom-made chef’s table and a large outdoor terrace with views of the Abu Dhabi skyline. There will be a small group of students per class offering personalized attention.

“The arrival of Ecole Ducasse Abu Dhabi Studio in the capital of the United Arab Emirates will transform the culinary sector and will greatly contribute to the growth of the hospitality industry in the region. By nurturing local talent and encouraging creativity and innovation, we aim to create a lasting impact on the culinary scene in Abu Dhabi and beyond,” said Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General of Tourism at DCT – Abu Dhabi.

The announcement follows the launch of a more than Dh360 million Abu Dhabi Culinary Investment Fund unveiled earlier this year, which aims to attract leading brands to the UAE capital over five years and drive growth. development of Abu Dhabi as a gastronomic center.

Erth Hospitality will be the official licensing partner of Ecole Ducasse.

“Ecole Ducasse stands as a beacon of global culinary excellence and its arrival in Abu Dhabi marks a momentous milestone,” said Shaikha Al Kaabi, CEO of Erth Hospitality. “This collaboration not only solidifies our commitment to fostering culinary brilliance, but also reaffirms Abu Dhabi’s status as a thriving culinary hub, ready to host and inspire talent from the Emiratis and beyond.”

In addition to Ecole Ducasse Abu Dhabi Studio, Sommet Education has partnered with Boutique Group, a hospitality company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

The collaboration between Boutique Group and Sommet Education will focus on three main areas: training, recruitment and internship programs.

Benoit-Etienne Domenget, CEO of Sommet Education, said: “We are excited about our collaboration with novel pioneers, Boutique Group, as it enhances our potential to revolutionize the way hospitality professionals develop. “We generate new heights of greatness for generations of leaders through collaborative programs that combine our renowned expertise.”

Elise Masurel de Laval, CEO of Ecole Ducasse, added: “The launch of École Ducasse Studio in partnership with Erth Hospitality in Abu Dhabi is a great milestone for us in the Middle East region and we are very happy to contribute to enriching the scene local gastronomy and encourage the flourishing of culinary talents.”

As a melting pot of cultures, Abu Dhabi provides an ideal home for the institute, welcoming talent from around the world and fostering an environment conducive to creativity and the space to develop new culinary trends.

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