Dusit Intl Partners with Leading Educational and Culinary Institutes to Develop Thailand’s First Gastronomy Academy


BANGKOK, October 28, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, is set to expand its hospitality education business in the kingdom with a unique joint venture offering experiential training in Italian, Japanese and Thai Kitchens – plus exclusive incubation services for food and beverage startups – at a state-of-the-art facility in Bangkok.

Called The Food School, the project occupies 3,200m² of carefully designed space spread over three floors in the new Creative & Startup Village in the city’s Sam Yan district, just a five-minute walk from the Sam Yan MRT subway station. .

Financial partners in the THB 336 million development include Dusit International; Glowfish Co-Working Space (under a private real estate investment company, Heritage Estates Co., Ltd.); Allied Metals, a leading Asian supplier of professional kitchens and kitchen infrastructure; and La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana (ALMA), recognized as the world’s leading education and training center for Italian cuisine.

Designed to provide an innovative, progressive and experiential learning environment, and aimed at young professionals, passionate hobbyists, career-changing people and entrepreneurs looking to get the best possible start for their food and beverage businesses, The Food School will bring together three globally recognized institutions – including Dusit Thani College in Dusit; the famous Japanese culinary institute Tsuji; and ALMA. Each will offer long-term course modules on Thai cuisine, Japanese cuisine, and Italian cuisine and baking, respectively.

Students will also have access to The Food School’s unique entrepreneurial incubation platform, The Test Kitchen, which will offer facilities for testing and experimenting with products; business planning services; professional coaching and mentoring of renowned local chefs; and exclusive opportunities to gain financial support from investors during specially organized pitch sessions.

In addition to sourcing sustainable products from selected farms across Thailand, the academy will bring premium imported ingredients to ensure authenticity. Regular events will showcase innovations and new trends in the food and beverage industry. A community dining hall, meanwhile, will serve as a place for students, instructors, locals, visitors, mentors and mentees to exchange ideas and evaluate new concepts.

“The Food School aims to create a vibrant, vibrant and collaborative ecosystem that brings together the Thai food community to foster positive social, environmental and economic developments in the food and beverage industry in general,” said Ms. Suphajee Suthumpun, CEO of group, Dusit International. . “Three strengths distinguish The Food School as a unique proposition in Bangkok. First, it is the first in the market to offer multi-cuisine training and business incubation under one roof. Second, its cooking facilities testing will provide an unparalleled experience opportunity for seasoned or new chefs and savvy entrepreneurs to try out new concepts, receive advice on these concepts from seasoned industry experts and tap into the dynamic food market and Drinks of Thailand.Thirdly, the Food School will play an active role in the food and beverage community by organizing regular events that bring together key industry players to discuss the latest trends, assess concepts and reflect on the way forward for established and future food and beverage companies. “

Ms Suthumpun said no other establishment offers such comprehensive services to food startups and young professionals in Bangkok.

“By meeting the professional needs of the market in the new normal, by taking full advantage of Dusit’s rich experience in teaching hospitality for over 20 years, and by providing direct access to mentorship from celebrity chefs and Renowned restaurateurs in Thailand, and later around the world, we look forward to helping The Food School’s students, entrepreneurial associates and community supporters realize their potential with specially created services, facilities and hands-on learning. to prepare them for success in the brighter days of the post COVID-19 era. ”

Ms. Prim Jitcharoongphorn, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Allied Metals, said: “The highlight of The Food School facility is the design of kitchen classrooms that promote teamwork and peer collaboration. . efficient, user-friendly and versatile. The kitchens at The Food School are truly state of the art. We are delighted that our innovative solutions contribute to the sustainable development of culinary talent in Thailand by facilitating maximum productivity with minimum environmental impact.

Mr. Gavin Vongkusolkit, Managing Director of Heritage Estates Co. Ltd and Founder of Glowfish Co-Working Space, said: “Glowfish is about people, community and genuine collaboration, and any partnership or project we undertake will always be built on these strengths By bringing our expertise in value-driven collaboration to The Food School, we look forward to creating a thriving ecosystem of creativity and innovation, not only for the Thai food industry, but also for the benefit broader tourism, agriculture, welfare, sustainability, entrepreneurship, education and many connecting elements of our society and our economy. “

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