Culinary Institute holds promise of becoming a regional leader, Carrie Lam says

The International Culinary Institute in Pokfulam will become one of the region's leading international culinary institutes, the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, said today at its opening.

"Designed to support some 2,000 students, the institute boasts training kitchens as well as a training café, a wine forum, a hall of gastronomy for event training, a sensory lab for food science education and much more. Equally important, the institute employs highly qualified teachers with solid industry experience,'' Lam said.

"It also has celebrated international chefs as honorary advisors and an invaluable network of professionals and institutions from Hong Kong and from all over the world. In short, it has what Hong Kong needs to produce talented professionals capable of creating European, Mediterranean, American, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine.

"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.''

Lam said that the Vocational Training Council has, from its very beginning in 1982, served as a valued partner of the government, building a quality workforce to support Hong Kong's sustainable development. "Indeed, the Culinary Institute is one of 13 VTC member institutions. Together, they provide education and training from post-secondary three to degree levels for some 250,000 students a year, enhancing professional knowledge and skills to meet our employment needs in this 21st century of opportunity.''

source: The Standard

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