The ICCA Dubai Culinary Scholarship, class of 2019, marked their graduation with a ceremony in Dubai that also saw them designated as USA Cheese Specialists.
In a scholarship program designed for helping underprivileged chefs gain an education in the industry, the USA Cheese Specialist Certification Program was an addition for the first time this year and gave the students the chance to attend a series of hands-on training courses designed to instil knowledge about the depth and breadth of US cheese.
Angelique Hollister, executive director of the USA Cheese Guild, said: “As the leading global supplier of high quality cheese, the United States is in a unique position to help educate the world about this versatile food and inspire new culinary creations.”
Designed for foodservice, this new global training consists of three, progressive certification levels (Associate, Intermediate and Advanced). Upon completion of all three courses, graduates receive a recognition chef coat patch and pin, and are inducted into the global USA Cheese Specialists community, with membership in the broader USA Cheese Guild—providing continued access to resources to stay connected to the U.S. cheese industry throughout their careers.
In addition to the ICCA, certification courses are being offered through additional prestigious culinary institutes and schools in Japan (Hattori Nutrition College), South Korea (Daelim University College) and Taiwan (National Kaoshiung University of Hospitality and Tourism) with a few others in the works in Latin America and Hong Kong.