Italian Trade Commission to Award $40,000 in Scholarships to Italian Culinary Academy Students

Mar 10, 2011, 06:00 ET from The Italian Culinary Academy

NEW YORK, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Italian Trade Commission has announced the creation of two new $20,000 scholarships available exclusively for students enrolled in The Italian Culinary Experience starting on March 14, 2011. Designed by renowned Tuscan Chef Cesare Casella, Dean of Italian Studies at The International Culinary Center, The Italian Culinary Experience immerses students in Italian cuisine, language and culture at campuses in New York City and Parma, Italy where they train hands-on with top Chef-Instructors in world-class facilities. Following 10 weeks of intensive cooking classes in New York City, students move to Italy to learn from some of Italy's talented chefs. Students spend another nine weeks working at a restaurant in Italy for real-life experience before their final testing and graduation.

"We are thrilled to be able to support the Italian Trade Commission Scholarship program at The Italian Culinary Academy," said Italian Trade Commissioner, Aniello Musella. "The students who attend The Italian Culinary Experience learn not only about the diverse styles of Italian cuisine native to each region, but also the variety of Italian products available throughout Italy. We hope that these student chefs will ultimately incorporate their discoveries from their formal training and into their professional workplaces."

Scholarship applicants will be required to complete an application as well as a 1,500 word essay explaining the recipients' perception of Italian cuisine upon completion of the program.  Recipients will be chosen by The Italian Culinary Academy and The Italian Trade Commission.  Applications must be submitted by Thursday, March 10th, 2011. The scholarship winners will be notified by Monday, March 14th, 2011.

For additional information about The Italian Culinary Academy, please visit, or call 1-888-324-CHEF.

About The Italian Culinary Academy

The Italian Culinary Academy, founded in 2007 as a sister school to the world-renowned French Culinary Institute, offers the country's most rigorous education in authentic Italian cuisine. The Italian Culinary Academy's programs, all of which are informed by its time-tested, hands-on Total Immersion(SM) method of instruction, include an extensive roster of classes for serious amateurs seeking quality, intensive education in a condensed period of time. The school is located at The International Culinary Center in New York City. For more information, please visit

About the Italian Trade Commission

The Italian Trade Commission is the government agency entrusted with the development, facilitation and promotion of trade between Italy and other countries. Its mission is to support the internationalization of Italian firms and their consolidation in foreign markets. The Italian Trade Commission has a network of 117 offices in 87 countries, six of which are located in the United States. The Italian Trade Commission is the most authoritative ambassador of Made in Italy excellence in the world. For more information, please visit,

SOURCE The Italian Culinary Academy