Experience Authentic Italian Cuisine in the heart of Piemonte,
among the Langhe and Monferrato
Inauguration of the ICIF Headquarters in the 1996
The ICIF - Institute of Cuisine, Culture and Oenology of the Regions of Italy - is a non-profit association aimed at promoting the Italian enogastronomic traditions and agricultural-food products abroad, through the organization of training courses and promotional events.
Since 1991, its birth date, ICIF has been organizing Master and Short Courses (generic and theme ones) and Refresher Courses for groups of foreign professionals (chefs, sommeliers, restaurateurs) wishing to acquire a specialization in Italian Cuisine and Oenology. Over these years it has awarded diplomas to students from Australia, Bermudas, Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, Korea, Philippines, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, Peru, Russia, United States, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, Taiwan, Venezuela, beside, of course, Italy.
The promotion of the Institute’s activities and the ensuing recruiting of students take place thanks to the widespread net of its representative offices abroad, currently present in over 38 Countries, scattered throughout Europe, Asia, North America and South America.
ICIF, The Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners was founded on 17th April, 1991. The three founder partners, Bruno Libralon, Giorgio Lindo and Tony May were joined by other founder members, John Arena (Honorary president of DiRoNa), Guido Colonna (Lawyer), Alessandro Falassi (University Professor), Giulio Gresele (Accountant), Modesto Lanzone (Restaurateur), Ugo Massaglia (Professor of Culinary School), Paolo Moreggio (Hotel Manager)
The history of ICIF, Institute of Cuisine, Culture and Oenology of the Regions of Italy, starts in Turin in 1991: thanks to a financing from the then Ministry of Agriculture, a first Master in Italian Cuisine is organized, attended by thirty American chefs. With the collaboration of great Italian professionals in the agricultural and food sector and the support of companies and public institutions the first Master draws the international attention, meeting with large approval and success. Simultaneously, ICIF organizes events on Italian cooking abroad.
Since then the Institute has organized numerous Master, Short and Refresher Courses for foreign professionals (chefs, sommeliers, restaurateurs) who wish to acquire an “Italian” specialization”.
In 1997 ICIF, Institute of Cuisine, Culture and Oenology of the Regions of Italy, turns a new page in its history by moving its headquarters into the prestigious Castle of Costigliole d’Asti, thanks to a contribution from the European Union, given to ICIF by the Regione Piemonte, the Regional Government of Piedmont: a whole floor of the Castle was restored to host the Institute and its training activities, setting up a permanent educational facility allowing the development of a teaching program worth of a Culinary University.
In 2004 ICIF, Institute of Cuisine, Culture and Oenology of the Regions of Italy, made a further step forward and expanded its activities abroad with the opening of two new seats in Brazil and in China. The former in the South of Brazil, in the region of Rio Grande do Sul, at Flores da Cunha, established in collaboration with the University of Caxias do Sul; the latter in Shanghai at the university campus of the Shanghai Lin-gang Science and Technology School.
Furthermore, in 2006 ICIF, Institute of Cuisine, Culture and Oenology of the Regions of Italy, also opened a new seat in Italy, at Frossasco, close to Turin and at the foot of the mountains that hosted the Winter Olympics, and a small school in Seoul, in South Korea.
To convey to the whole world the prestige and traditions that make the cuisine of the Italian regions the heritage that everyone envies us, giving a highly qualified image of the Italian food service industry , exporting its richness to all Countries: this is ICIF’s philosophy.
ICIF, Institute of Cuisine, Culture and Oenology of the Regions of Italy, is an association established to safeguard and improve the image of Italian cuisine and products among professionals operating in the food service industry abroad. The objective of ICIF is to train professionals who can assimilate the Italian taste and food culture and «export» them back to their Countries of origin, being aware of the value and quality of Italian typical products, in order to spread and promote the real Italian taste. The courses are mainly held in Italy to favour the direct knowledge of the local reality, its traditions, history and enogastronomic literature.