The International Academy of Italian Cuisine was founded in the city of Siena in 1985. The Academy has developed an international reputation as one of the finest professional schools of culinary education in all of Italy. The school is presently situated in an 18th century villa 5 minutes from the center of Lucca.
The Academy has been accredited as a qualified "Vocational Training Institution" by the Regional Government of Toscana , obtaining a CSQ-IMQ certificate. The certificate stipulates that the Academy is in compliance with the ISO 9001:2008 standard for the activity, design and delivery of professional training courses in the areas of Enogastronomy and Tourism. The schools primary educational focus is upon the teaching of Italian and more specifically Tuscan cuisine. All classes are "Hands On" approach and taught in a professional instructional kitchen.
The professional course of study is 2 months in duration combining cooking classes and Italian language instruction. Upon completion of this diploma program students may apply for an apprenticeship for an additional period of practical culinary skill and language development. Student internship site placement is determined by location availability and individual preference. The sites typically are some of the finest Hotels and Restaurants in Italy, with highly skilled executive chefs often with numerous international credentials. Students develop their skills and knowledge in a professional school surrounded by the picturesque country side of Tuscany.