Hong Kong has a dynamic hospitality community and we are grateful that its members make time to visit ICI; they join visiting chefs and instructors from our network of global hospitality and culinary institutes, who are also happy to share their insights and experiences with our students.
Equally, our own faculty members, and selected students too, visit our network institutions and bring back ideas that continuously enhance our curricula at ICI. This constant cross-fertilisation fosters innovation – and sparks creativity with our network partners:
The professionalism of our instructors instils in our students an appreciation for the “proper way” to carry out tasks. Incumbent in this approach is the grounding for students to test themselves – and test themselves against others too.
ICI offers introduction and exposure to culinary competitions at a local and international level, including World Skills Competition and the International Young Chef Challenge, to name a few.
All full-time higher diploma, diploma and certificate programmes are accredited by Hong Kong Council of Accreditation for Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and recognized under the Qualifications Framework of Hong Kong. Higher diploma and diploma graduates can add to their credentials by sitting exams to obtain professional qualifications conferred by:
Students who have completed any one-year or above full-time European Cuisine or Western Food Preparation programme plus minimum two years’ working experience or students who have completed the Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts (Western Cuisine) plus one year working experience are eligible to sit the exam for a professional qualification jointly offered by ICI and the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Koblenz, Germany. The Trade Test System comprises three levels – Certified Cook, Trainer Chef and Master Chef.
Students who have one-year or above full-time Bakery, Pastry and Confectionery programme plus two years’ working experience are eligible to sit the German Trade Test to obtain the professional qualification of a Certified Pastry Cook jointly offered by ICI and the Handwerkskammer (HwK) Koblenz, Germany.
Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts programme can apply for admission to relevant accredited top-up degree programmes offered by local or overseas institutes, including bachelor degree programmes offered by the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) and the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Culinary Arts Management offered by the University College Birmingham in UK*.
Diploma in Western European Cuisine / Bakery, Pastry and Confectionery / Western Food Preparation programmes have been accredited by the internationally-renowned Institute of Hospitality and World Association of Chefs Societies.
* Applicants should meet the English language requirement set out by the University ie. HKDSE English Language at Level 3 or above (with all components at Level 3 or above) / IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 or above (with all components score 5.5 or above) or equivalent.