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40 Chefs Become USA Cheese Specialists at ICCA Dubai Graduation

U.S. Dairy Export Council

The ICCA Dubai Culinary Scholarship, class of 2019, marked their graduation with a ceremony in Dubai Knowledge Park. 40 young chefs who received the first-ever designation as USA Cheese Specialist™—a premiere, one-of-a-kind global cheese certification offered by the USA Cheese Guild™. Angelique Hollister, Executive Director of the U.S. Cheese Guild attended the event. The USA Cheese Specialist™ Certification Program was launched in partnership with the International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) Dubai in the fall of 2018. The inaugural class is composed of chefs from 22 hotel properties in the UAE with students coming from 9 different countries (India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Portuguese, Syria, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Philippines).

Designed for foodservice, this new global training consists of three, progressive certification levels (Associate, Intermediate and Advanced). Upon completion of all three courses, graduates receive a recognition chef coat patch and pin, and are inducted into the global USA Cheese Specialists community, with membership in the broader USA Cheese Guild—providing continued access to resources to stay connected to the U.S. cheese industry throughout their careers.