4 Weeks of theoretical and practical lessons with board and lodging included to learn the art of making Italian gelato and the possibility to carry out a training period at selected artisans


Become a professional of Italian gelato!



Become a professional of Italian gelato!




ICIF has created a specific training program for the Ice cream industry: the Course on Italian Gelato. The course has a total duration of 4 weeks of training at the Institute, divided into 3 weeks of training focused on Italian gelato and a last week of training on food safety, pastry and pairing with wines and liqueurs. The course includes a program that allows you to undertake, through an integrated approach between theory and practical skills, a profession that give unlimited satisfaction as well as personal and professional growth in the context of the true Italian tradition. Through a relatively brief training period, the student learns from Master Ice Cream makers, promoters of the Italian Artisan Gelato, whom introduce also the beginners, to the world of the Italian Gelato, starting from the organoleptic composition of the raw materials in order to learn the techniques for the preparation of properly balanced ice creams, sorbet and granites, the student at the end of the course is able to create and study his own recipes for any flavor of ice cream, offering flavors appropriate to the tastes and local customs of his own Country. The training program is also complemented by basic concepts for the food industry such as the HACCP system, concepts related to projecting a classical artisan ice cream parlors or a central laboratory for a more industrial production, the Cake Design related to the ice cream world, modern and innovative trends such as the Gourmet Gelato or the Natural Gelato, and the correct pairing of Gelato with wines and spirits. A training course to become a professional Ice cream maker, a profession that is strongly required both in Italy and abroad. The course is in Italian language and teachers are supported by an interpreter in English language.

Maximum attendance: 20.


The course has a total duration of 12 weeks:

  • 4 weeks of theoretical and practical lessons at the Institute
  • 8 weeks of internship (optional) at ice cream parlours previously selected by the Institute


Certificate of participation from the Institute at the completion of the course


  • Italian and foreign professionals of food and wine
  • Italian and foreign food lovers and enthusiasts


First Week

The Ice cream: its origin and theoretical notions Production techniques

  • The components of the ice cream
  • General Technical Elements
  • Analysis of raw materials
  • Deepening of all raw materials and of compound ingredients
  • The choice of raw materials and the protection of the consumer

Production techniques

  • Systems of production
  • Balancing techniques based on milk, egg etc.
  • Creating fruit-based recipes with technical use of balance
  • Creation of own cookbook
Second week

Concepts in depth

  • Techniques of balance for production of sorbets
  • Creation of own cookbook
  • Storage system and new techniques
  • The balance and the use of the management software
  • The components of ice cream in their seasonality
  • The Fruit and the refractometer (sugar ratio with refractometer)
  • Market analysis
  • Artisanal or entrepreneurial management
  • The Shop: replicability and its limits and Franchising. The takeaway, the shop with table service, the integrated Gelato (with coffee, pastry)
  • The use of alcohol
  • Teaching by a Master Chocolatier – Manual chocolate Tempering and Art and decorations with chocolate and sugar – in the Chocolate Lab in the Castle
Third week


  • Practical techniques of specialization
  • The decorations for goblets, single portions and affogati


  • Advanced professional techniques
  • Gourmet Ice Cream (ex: Extra Virgin Olive Oil Ice Cream, Gorgonzola Ice Cream, etc…)


  • Concepts of Marketing at ice-cream parlors
  • Insights on sorbets and ice creams balancing
  • Insights on the management of alcohol
  • Concepts on sensory evaluations
  • The economy of management and resources in the ice-cream shop
  • The technology and its support: preservation systems and storage


FRIDAY: FINAL EXAM and delivery of certificates of participation

Fourth week

MONDAY All the day – teaching of a different Master gelato maker from the first 3 weeks of the course

  • Preparation of different flavors of ice cream and sorbet – customization by the Master gelato maker

Food Safety and HACCP – Teaching by Doctor Renza Berruti from the local health association

  • Notions of microbiology applied to food
  • Main CDF (Communicable Diseases with Food)
  • Main systems for food storage
  • Sanitary procedures (hygiene in the workplace, personal hygiene)
  • HACCP system
  • Correct choice of materials and articles in contact with food

TUESDAY – Afternoon – in the AULA MAGNA (Cooking demo Room) – Chef’s teaching for the preparation of Sponge cake to be used in a next lesson with Ice cream teacher for assembling with gelato to prepare Gelato cakes

WEDNESDAY – Teaching of a different Master gelato maker from the first 3 weeks of the course

  • Organic ice cream, natural and nutraceutical ice cream (without additives)

THURSDAY – Teaching by an external professional Pastry Chef

  • The Ice cream in pastry (eg: parfait, ice cream served as a dessert for restaurants) and preparation of covering with sugar paste and decorations for Gelato cakes

FRIDAY MORNING – Teaching by an external professional Pastry Chef – Gelato Laboratory

Preparation of different flavors of ice cream to use to assembly the Gelato cakes using the sponge cake prepared in the classroom on previous days

FRIDAY AFTERNOON – In the ICIF Wine cellar in the Castle of Costigliole d’Asti – Teaching by AIS (Italian Association of Sommelier) Sommelier Instructor

  • The correct pairing of ice cream with wines and spirits: guided tasting exercise

Experimentation of pairing with:

  • ice cream cakes
  • ice cream (possible tasting of a gastronomic Gelato)


The student can choose whether to continue the programme of the Course by carrying out a period of internship lasting a total of 8 weeks at ice-cream parlours, previously selected by the Institute.

For the Ice-cream parlours who are unable to provide lodgings it will be at the discretion of the student to choose another Ice-cream parlour, otherwise the school can be of assistance to find alternative accommodation, which will be at the student’s expense together with meals.


Complete course: 5.400 €. It is possible to enroll for a 1 week period, the fee for each weekly module is of 1.700,00 €.

Included in the price of the course:

  • Accommodation at the ICIF’s guesthouse for 4 weeks in small apartments (2-rooms flats with single, twins or triple rooms and one bathroom)
  • Welcome dinner upon the arrival on Sunday at the ICIF’s Training Restaurant “La Barbera” in the Castle of Costigliole d’Asti
  • Breakfast from Monday to Friday
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in the school canteen from Monday to Friday
  • A complete chef uniform: jacket, trouser, apron and paper hat
  • Support for the Student Visa application procedure (if needed)


  • Group bus transfer from Milano Malpensa airport to Costigliole d’Asti, price: € 50
  • Purchase and activation of new sim card
  • Support and organization of Food and Wine tours
  • Support and organization of transfer for food sector events and fairs


Scholarships are available to participants of Italian nationality who are resident in Italy. To find out how to apply please contact us or call the ICIF Institute in Costigliole d’Asti.


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