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Grand Opening of International Culinary Institute to nurture culinary talent officiated by Chief Executive Carrie LAM

26 October 2018

International Culinary Institute (ICI), a member institution of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), is committed to nurturing quality manpower in international cuisines to sustain Hong Kong’s reputation as Asia’s gourmet paradise. Located in Pokfulam, the new campus of ICI was unveiled today (26 October) with the Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie LAM as the Guest of Honour, witnessing the new milestone in the development of vocational and professional education and training (VPET).

The Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie LAM toured a number of ICI training kitchens and facilities and encouraged culinary students and graduates to keep up their efforts to contribute to the industry. To celebrate the occasion, Mrs LAM also brightened up a sugar art and chocolate showpiece created by ICI graduates.

At the opening ceremony, Mrs LAM said, “Alongside our Chinese Culinary Institute and the Hospitality and Tourism Institute nearby, there will be a creative confluence of hospitality and culinary education, interaction and collaboration. I am sure that it will become one of the region's leading international culinary institutes. The Institute's opening underlines my Government's support for Vocational and Professional Education and Training, VPET. Such training offers more than technical and practical knowledge. It also provides whole-person development, soft-skills training and international experience. It aims to equip our students to meet the rising expectations of the industries and of the community.”

VTC Chairman Dr Roy CHUNG said, “The new ICI campus represents a new chapter in the development of VPET. Located in Hong Kong, Asia’s world city, ICI shoulders the mission of training outstanding culinary talent in international cuisines and providing the industry with a pool of quality manpower. It demonstrates VTC’s commitment to provide opportunities for young aspiring chefs to acquire knowledge and skills about world cuisines and culture, and build a promising career in the culinary arts.”

The new ICI campus is inspired by the shape of a salt crystal, referring to the “salt” as the universal ingredient bringing out the best in our food. Likewise, VTC and ICI unleash the potential of young people through their indispensable role in promoting VPET and nurturing a pool of culinary and hospitality industry talent.

ICI is furnished with purpose-built teaching and training facilities tailored for students studying different programmes, including training kitchens specialised in a variety of cuisines, a multi-purpose kitchen (Culinarium), a training café (Café Manson), a Hall of GAStronomy which allows for food and beverage, and event training, a Sensory Lab for undertaking extended research on food sensory science, and a Wine Forum.

ICI provides programmes at different levels including pre-employment and in-service training. As well as providing new blood for the industry, in-service practitioners are encouraged to pursue lifelong learning for advancement in professionalism. The institute offers a wide range of culinary programmes covering European, Mediterranean, cuisines of the Americas, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines, bakery and confectionery and event management. Students are groomed for career development in the international context of culinary and hospitality industries to sustain Hong Kong’s reputation as Asia’s gourmet paradise and education hub. A number of world-renowned chefs are appointed honourable advisors and invited to provide professional input for the curriculum design of the Institute. More so, world class and Michelin chefs are regularly invited to provide culinary demonstrations and deliver talks for students. Students are also arranged for overseas and local exchanges as well as offered the opportunities to partake in local and international competitions in order to broaden their global perspectives.

Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council(VTC)is the largest vocational and professional education and training provider in Hong Kong. The mission of VTC is to provide a valued choice to school leavers and working people to acquire the values, knowledge and skills for lifelong learning and enhanced employability, and also to provide support to industries for their manpower development. VTC has 13 member institutions, namely the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEithe Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge (PEAK) the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE)the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVEthe Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) , Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI) , Chinese Cuisine Institute (CCI) , International Culinary Institute (ICI) , Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) Youth College , Pro-Act by VTC Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC) and Shine Skills Centre.

Website: www.vtc.edu.hk

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Brief on International Culinary Institute
Complex design The complex is built on the theme of a salt crystal, referring to the “salt” as that universal ingredient in every food culture.
Facilities ICI is furnished with purpose-built teaching and training facilities, including training kitchens, a multi-purpose kitchen (Culinarium), a training café (Café Manson), a Hall of GAStronomy for food and beverage and event training, a Sensory Lab, a Wine Forum, a Computer Room and classrooms.
Number of students In academic year 2017/18, ICI enrolled about 2,000 students including around 1,000 full-time and around 1,000 part-time students.
Programmes
1. Full-time programmes
Secondary 6 or above
- Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts 
- Higher Diploma in Baking and Pastry Arts
- Higher Diploma in International Theme Park and Event Management
- Diploma programmes in different international cuisines

Secondary 3 or above
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Certificate programmes in different international cuisines

2. Part-time programmes
- Professional Diploma in International Culinary Arts and Management (QF Level 4)
- Certificate in Pastry and Bakery (QF Level 2)
- Certificate in Italian Cuisine (QF Level 2) 
- Certificate in Classical Japanese Cuisine (QF level 2) 
- Preparatory Course for Trade Test
 

Grand Opening Ceremony of ICI was held today. Guest of Honour the Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie LAM (fifth from left) toasts with other officiating guests in celebration of the milestone development.
Grand Opening Ceremony of ICI was held today. Guest of Honour the Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie LAM (fifth from left) toasts with other officiating guests in celebration of the milestone development.
The Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie LAM (left) and VTC Chairman Dr Roy CHUNG (right) unveil the plaque to signify the grand opening of the ICI
The Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie LAM (left) and VTC Chairman Dr Roy CHUNG (right) unveil the plaque to signify the grand opening of the ICI
The Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie LAM delivers a speech during the Grand Opening Ceremony
The Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie LAM delivers a speech during the Grand Opening Ceremony
On the occasion, VTC Chairman Dr Roy CHUNG says, “The new ICI campus represents a new chapter in the development of VPET. Located in Hong Kong, Asia’s world city, ICI shoulders the mission of training outstanding culinary talent in international cuisines and providing the industry with a pool of quality manpower.”
On the occasion, VTC Chairman Dr Roy CHUNG says, “The new ICI campus represents a new chapter in the development of VPET. Located in Hong Kong, Asia’s world city, ICI shoulders the mission of training outstanding culinary talent in international cuisines and providing the industry with a pool of quality manpower.”
To celebrate the grand opening of ICI, the Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie LAM (fifth from right) partners with ICI graduates to brighten up a sugar art and chocolate showpiece created by ICI graduates.
To celebrate the grand opening of ICI, the Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie LAM (fifth from right) partners with ICI graduates to brighten up a sugar art and chocolate showpiece created by ICI graduates.
The Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie LAM (fifth from right, back row) poses together with attending guests and ICI graduates and students.
The Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie LAM (fifth from right, back row) poses together with attending guests and ICI graduates and students.
ICI has all along received the support of overseas institutes and world-renowned chefs on student training. Representatives from a number of overseas institutes also come over to Hong Kong to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony.
ICI has all along received the support of overseas institutes and world-renowned chefs on student training. Representatives from a number of overseas institutes also come over to Hong Kong to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony.
In the company of other guests, the Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie LAM (second from right) tours a number of ICI kitchen and facilities and encourages culinary students and graduates to keep up their efforts to contribute to the industry.
In the company of other guests, the Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie LAM (second from right) tours a number of ICI kitchen and facilities and encourages culinary students and graduates to keep up their efforts to contribute to the industry.
The ICI campus design takes on the form of a salt crystal, symbolising the indispensable role of VTC and ICI in promoting VPET and catering and hospitality training that unleash the potential of young people.
The ICI campus design takes on the form of a salt crystal, symbolising the indispensable role of VTC and ICI in promoting VPET and catering and hospitality training that unleash the potential of young people.