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Press Release24 June 2019

Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland becomes first in Switzerland to receive recognition from World Association of Chefs’ Societies

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Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland, a member of Swiss Education Group (SEG), the largest private hospitality educator in Switzerland, has been recognised for its culinary and pastry programmes, by the prestigious World Association of Chefs' Societies (WORLDCHEFS). Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland is the first school in Switzerland to earn the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education mark - an international endorsement that is renowned in the culinary world.


WORLDCHEFS is a global network of chefs associations that was founded in October 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris. It is a leading authority on food, dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of cuisines worldwide. Today, this from left to right: Henry Chen, Summer Capital; John Daly, Director of Quality Assurance, Swiss Education Group; Alain Muller, Programme Leader, Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland; Chef David Alvarez, Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland; William Pang, Summer Capital; Tanja Florenthal, Academic Director, Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland (Bouveret) and Max Behesht, Academic Dean, Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland (Luzern) international body has over 100 chefs associations representing chefs at all levels and across all specialities globally.

The first Honorary President of the association was the esteemed culinary legend Auguste Escoffier - the first Executive Chef of the Ritz Paris, who inspired the establishment of the Ritz Escoffier culinary school within the famous hotel. Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland has a long-standing partnership with the Ritz Paris. Another notable honorary member of WORLDCHEFS is Anton Mosimann OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire), another exclusive partner of Swiss Education Group. "We are extremely proud and honoured to meet the high standards required to be a part of this distinguished community. This recognition reinforces the world-class quality of our academic programmes, our training facilities and our chefs/lecturers at Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland. We look forward to greater collaboration and synergies with WORLDCHEFS as we continue to further develop our school as a global leader in culinary education," commented John Daly, Director of Quality Assurance at Swiss Education Group.

The WORLDCHEFS Recognition of Quality Culinary Education programme was launched in 2010 in response to a growing demand to establish international standards in culinary education. Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland's academic programmes were reviewed thoroughly by WORLDCHEFS review panel in matters relating to global standards for quality, evaluation of leadership, instructors, facilities, lesson delivery, industry and educational support, food safety and more.

About Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland

Established in 2006 as part of César Ritz Colleges Switzerland, the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland is an internationally renowned institute for culinary education based on the quality and excellence of Swiss hospitality traditions. The Bachelor's programme, awarded by University of Derby (UK) prepares students for their future career, focusing on entrepreneurship as well as kitchen skill, whilst the Swiss Grand Diploma programmes offer an alternative, shorter term option, with three 11-week themed modules on Culinary Arts or Pastry & Chocolate Arts. Sharing the campuses of César Ritz Colleges in Lucerne and Le Bouveret, offers students a unique exchange with hospitality management students. Thanks to numerous partnerships with the likes of Ritz Paris and the Ritz Escoffier School, students benefit from a very rich expertise and exceptional internship opportunities in some of the most renowned institutions in the world. Additionally, we are fortunate to count top chefs, including Chef Anton Mosimann (OBE) and the first Swiss female chef to be awarded a Michelin star, Irma Dütsch, as friends of Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland. Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland

About World Association of Chefs' Societies

The World Association of Chefs' Societies, or Worldchefs in short, is a dynamic global network of more than 100 chefs associations representing chefs at all levels and across all specialties worldwide. It was founded in 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris with the venerable August Escoffier as first Honorary President. Worldchefs is a global authority on food, creating impact through these core focus areas: education - includes our landmark.

Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program and the world's first global culinary certification; networking - Worldchefs provides a gateway to global culinary networking opportunities and hosts the landmark biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo; competition - Worldchefs upholds a list of certified judges, sets global standards for competition rules, and runs the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge;humanitarian & sustainability - our Feed the Planet and World Chefs Without Borders programs relieve food poverty, deliver crisis support, and promote sustainability across the globe.

Janita Kumar
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