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Fri, 29 October 2021

Dusit Expands Hospitality Education in Thailand with The Food School

(29 Oct 2021) Dusit is expanding its hospitality education business in the Kingdom of Thailand with a joint venture offering experiential training in Italian, Japanese and Thai cuisines, as well as incubation services for food and beverage startups, in a new state-of-the-art facility in Bangkok.

Called The Food School, the project occupies 3,200 sqm of space spread over three floors at the new Creative & Startup Village in the citys Sam Yan district, just a five-minute walk from Sam Yan MRT underground station.

Equity partners in the THB 336 million development include Dusit International; Glowfish Co-Working Space (under privately owned real estate investment company, Heritage Estates); Allied Metals, one of Asias leading suppliers of professional kitchens and kitchen infrastructure; and La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana (ALMA), one of the worlds leading education and training centres for Italian cuisine.

Pictured (from left): Siradej Donavanik, Managing Director  ASAI Hotels and Vice President of Development & Projects  Dusit International; Gavin Vongkusolkit, Managing Director of Heritage Estates Co. Ltd & Founder of Glowfish Co-Working Space; Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dusit International; Prim Jitcharoongphorn, Chairperson of the Executive Board of Allied Metals (Thailand) Co. Ltd; Yannis Janssens, Technical Director, The Food School; and Laurent Casteret, School Director, The Food School. Click to enlarge.

Ms Prim Jitcharoongphorn, Chairperson of the Executive Board at Allied Metals, said, The highlight of The Food School facility is the design of kitchen classrooms that fosters teamwork and collaboration among peers. Our facility is equipped with eco-friendly equipment which is energy-efficient, user-friendly, and versatile. Kitchens at The Food School are truly state of the art. We are delighted that our innovative solutions will contribute to the sustainable development of culinary talents in Thailand by facilitating maximum productivity with minimal environmental impact.

Targeted at young professionals, keen amateurs, career-switchers, and entrepreneurs seeking to get the best possible start for their F&B businesses, The Food School brings together three globally recognised institutions including Dusits own Dusit Thani College; Japans renowned Tsuji Culinary Institute; and ALMA. Each will offer long-course modules in Thai cuisine, Japanese cuisine, and Italian cuisine and bakery, respectively.

Students will also have access to The Food Schools unique entrepreneurial incubator platform, The Test Kitchen, which will offer facilities for product testing and experimentation; business planning services; professional coaching and mentorship from renowned local chefs; and exclusive opportunities to get financial support from investors during specially arranged pitching sessions.

Alongside sourcing sustainable produce from selected farms throughout Thailand, the academy will bring in premium imported ingredients to ensure authenticity.

Regular events are also planned to showcase innovations and new food and beverage business trends.

A community dining room, meanwhile, will serve as a venue for students, instructors, locals, visitors, mentors and mentees to exchange ideas and evaluate new concepts.

The Food School aims to create a vibrant, dynamic and collaborative ecosystem that brings together Thailands food community to drive positive social, environmental, and economic developments in the food and beverage industry at large, said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International. Three clear highlights set The Food School apart as a unique proposition in Bangkok. First, it is the first mover in the market to offer multi-cuisine training and business incubation all under one roof. Second, its Test Kitchen facilities will provide an unrivalled opportunity for experienced or fledgling chefs and savvy entrepreneurs to trial new concepts, receive advice on these concepts from seasoned industry experts, and tap into Thailands dynamic food and beverage market. Third, the Food School will play an active role in the food and beverage community by hosting regular events that bring together key industry players to discuss the latest trends, evaluate concepts, and brainstorm the way ahead for established and upcoming food and beverage businesses alike.

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