Italian Culinary Program

About this program

Italian Culinary Program

The Italian Culinary Program is a one-year course in culinary Arts, focused on the authentic Italian Cuisine.

Organized in two educational units, it starts from the basics and accompanies students to the advanced level. Therefore proving to be the perfect cooking course if you are looking for a real full immersion in the Italian food. A complete study experience to become a professional chef of Italian Cuisine.

The Italian Culinary Program (both UNIT 1 and UNIT 2) is accredited by Local Government of Emilia Romagna and issues certificates that are recognized all over Europe.

The EQF (European Qualifications Framework) system helps in comparing national qualifications and their levels to make them more readable and understandable across different countries in Europe.

Admission requirements

  • Intermediate knowledge of English language
  • At least 18 years of age
  • High-school diploma
  • Great motivation and interest in Italian cuisine
  • Applicants older than 40 years of age are asked to submit a motivational letter

Does this course require proof of English proficiency?

The TOEFL iBT® test is accepted by 11,500 universities and higher education institutions in over 160 countries. Book your test today!

Learn more Advertisement

Program content

Unit 1 - Starting from the Basics

The Italian Culinary Program UNIT 1 starts with the basics: dedicated to all of those passionate about food with no real experience in the sector, UNIT 1 focuses on mastering the techniques and learning to recognise the real taste of the Italian Cuisine, therefore being preparatory to UNIT 2.

As hard as it is getting to know all the typical products that Italy can offer, our teachers will guide the students around the Food Valley and other regions in Italy, therefore visiting places and introducing traditions that are at the basis of the Italian food excellence.

Combining theory cooking classes and training sessions in the same day, the program is designed to acquire the basics and skills, such as cutting of vegetables, knowledge of raw material, preparation of fresh pasta, treatment of meat and fish. The lessons also include field trips, wines and history of cuisine.

With a part-time frequency, students will also have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on different topics, following the suggestions of their teacher of Italian History and Culture and wandering about the ALMA library, a collection of more than 12.000 volumes dedicated to enogastronomy. They will also be able to enjoy their free time, visiting around Italy, always supported by ALMA staff to fully experience Italian territory.

Unit 2 - Moving to the Advanced Level

The Italian Culinary Program UNIT 2 moves forward to an advanced level. Students will focus on catering and food service, training to become real professionals.

UNIT 2 aims at giving international students not just theoretical and practical training in advanced Italian Cuisine but a comprehensive Italian Experience.

Students will apply the techniques acquired in UNIT 1, mastering the traditional recipes, but they will also meet the Guest Chefs, therefore being face to face with the greatest professional around Italy.

At this stage, students will delve deeper in the Italian History and Culture, will acquire a wider knowledge of Italian wines and will be introduced to Italian language. They will discover and taste the regional products by visiting local producers in their field trips.

During the residential phase, students will be granted a part time frequency in order to be able to enrich their gastronomical experience spending more time around Italy searching for typical products as well as making full use of the library, deepening into specific topics under the guidance of their tutor.

The second part of the program includes a compulsory traineeship, hosted by the most renowned restaurants in Italy and thus cooking professionally in a real kitchen.

Program delivery

usually students attend classes 3/4 days each week, 6-8 hours per day – however, frequency may slightly vary depending on bank holidays and school closing days.


Tuition fee: € 21.800


At the end of UNIT 1, students will be issued the Certificate of Attendance “Fundamentals of Italian Cuisine -products & techniques” and the Certificate of Skills.

At the end of UNIT 2, students will be issued the Professional Diploma “Cook of Italian Cuisine – Advanced Level” and the Certificate of Professional Qualification of “Operatore alla Produzione Pasti (Operator at the production of meals) – Level EQF 4.

Message the school

Want to know more about this program, Italian Culinary Program? Fill out the following form and include any questions you have. This information will be sent directly to the school, and a representative will respond to your enquiry.
Currently living in *
Nationality *

reCAPTCHA logo This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


About this institute

ALMA - The School of Italian Culinary Arts

ALMA is a Vocational Culinary Arts School, focused on the Italian Food & Fine-dining Cuisine and in the Italian Style in the Hospitality Business. Founded in 2004, it is recognized as the world’s leading centre of specialization for Italian Cuisine....

Read more about this school

Why study at ALMA - The School of Italian Culinary Arts

An amazing location: the Reggia di Colorno, a beautiful palace in the province of Parma, in the heart of the Food Valley

  • Headquarters: a facility of 5,000 mq with the most innovative technologies
  • The Scientific Committee: great professionals, leading figures in hospitality sector, points of reference for graduates
  • ALMA Library: the biggest cultural hub in Europe dedicated to enogastronomy with over 12.000 volumes and a complete collection of food and beverage specialty newspapers and magazines
  • ALMA Link: a privileged recruitment platform for graduates to make direct contact with the world of work


Average rating 5

Based on 3 reviews.

Nikita P

This was a life changing experience for me. I came out of my comfort zone. It taught me so many things. ALMA represented to me “respect”; the first policy in ALMA is to say “Buongiorno” to everybody, no matter whom you are talking to. ALMA has so much experience with their chefs; they understand every small detail. They give us true feedbacks, ...

Show more
Cheah M.S

I feel like this program brought me a completely new level of Italian Cuisine that will greatly help me in the future.My best moment in Alma is whenever, during a lesson, my perception for Italian Cuisine is being renewed and I learn about how simple ingredient can create great flavour.

Kevin K

I had the amazing opportunity to stage at Ristorante Sotto L'Arco in Borgo Panigale, under Chef Alessandro Panichi, a Ligurian chef who adopted Bologna as his home. This stage was in fact my first time working in a restaurant kitchen in my life, and I was so fortunate to be able to see every aspect of the work: from the recipe testing, to prep, ...

Show more

Contact info

ALMA - The School of Italian Culinary Arts

Reggia di Colorno, Piazza Garibaldi 26
43052 Colorno Parma

Message the school

Want to know more about Italian Culinary Program? Fill out the following form and we'll pass your details on to a representative from the school, who will respond to your enquiry.

Program rating
Based on 3 reviews.