KSA’s First Culinary Arts Academy Certifies Hospitality Labor in KAEC
King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (MISK) Foundation to launch a Culinary Arts Academy. The school, which will be situated in KAEC, will be the first culinary arts school to launch in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is slated to open its doors by early 2018.
The Culinary Arts Academy will be the result of a joint effort between KAEC, which will host the school, and the MISK Foundation. MISK will assume the responsibility of recruiting 500 high school graduates into the school and providing scholarships for students who qualify to participate in the program and training for enrolled students.
Students who graduate from the Culinary Arts Academy will be professionally certified in culinary arts and food preparation by the International Center for Culinary Arts (ICCA).
The ICCA is a world-renowned culinary training center, recognized as one of the top 10 culinary arts schools in the world. It is accredited by City & Guilds, London and offers a wide range of programs including professional, amateur, barista, and food presenter programs; artisan and lifestyle courses; and specialties like sugarcraft and gelato.
The arrival of the Culinary Arts Academy at KAEC will offer several key benefits to the Kingdom.
The program is a socio-economic enterprise that will provide professional training and job placement services for students who may not otherwise pursue higher education. The Culinary Arts Academy at KAEC and others that come after it will be instrumental in the localization of the Kingdom’s restaurants and hospitality industry, a move that is in line with the goals of Vision 2030.
The Culinary Arts Academy is particularly important for startup cities like KAEC where the need for hospitality services is currently outpacing the availability of trained hospitality professionals.
This program creates a virtual pipeline that will ensure there is always a newly-trained crop of hospitality professionals coming into the industry’s burgeoning job market. In turn, KAEC will be able to keep up with the acceleration of the Saudi market, according to KAEC Group CEO and Managing Director Mr. Fahd bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Rasheed.
Students who train at the Culinary Arts Academy will receive both web-based and hands-on training in their respective disciplines. They will learn about commercial food production and international best practices in sourcing, preparing, and presenting food.
As well, students will get access to leadership and management training to prepare them to move through the ranks and into managerial positions over time. Training will be provided to students in both Arabic and English.