‘The Food School Bangkok,’ in partnership with ‘Mitr Phol’ and ‘Betagro,’ launches the ‘Future Chef of the World 2024’ project seeking chef aspirers and offering full scholarships for professional culinary courses valued at over 1.8 million baht
(From the left: Mr. Verajet Vongkusolkit, CEO of the Thai Sugar, Bioenergy, and New Business Group of Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation Company Limited, Mrs. Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO of Dusit International and Mr. Chayadhorn Taepaisitpongse, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer of Betagro Public Company Limited (PLC))
‘The Food School Bangkok,’ a multi-national culinary institution nestled in the heart of Bangkok, proudly affiliated with ‘Dusit International,’ has joined hands with two esteemed organisations: ‘Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation Company Limited ,’ Thailand’s major sugar producer and the world’s third-largest company, and ‘Betagro Public Company Limited’ or ‘BTG,’ a leading integrated food company in Thailand dedicated to enhancing the quality of life through sustainable food solutions.
Together, the three organisations embark on the ‘Future Chef of the World 2024’ project, a mission to discover passionate cooking enthusiasts and provide them with full scholarships for Certificated Courses in Culinary and Bakery Arts. These scholarships, worth over 1.8 million baht, will empower five deserving individuals to study at The Food School Bangkok. This collaborative effort is a substantial investment in nurturing and recruiting top-tier culinary talents, with a shared vision of enhancing the culinary industry, both locally and globally.
At The Food School Bangkok, their ambition is to become a culinary education hub, committed to shaping professional chefs and food entrepreneurs through Certificated Courses developed in collaboration with globally-renowned partner institutions, including ALMA – The School of Italian Culinary Arts from Italy, Tsuji Culinary Institute from Japan, and Dusit Thani College from Thailand. Notably, they proudly lead as the first culinary school in Thailand to introduce competency-based education, focusing on honing individual capabilities. This innovative approach empowers their students to apply their culinary knowledge, setting them on a path to become adept professionals within the culinary industry.
Mrs. Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer of Dusit International, stated, “I am immensely honoured to collaborate with leading national companies who share our vision, such as ‘Mitr Phol Sugar Corp., Ltd.’ and ‘Betagro Public Company Limited (PLC).’ This partnership marks the initiation of the ‘Future Chef of the World 2024’ project, which not only provides scholarships but also ensures the integration of resources, innovation, and expertise. The goal is to identify individuals with potential and cultivate them to become driving forces of Soft Power for the future culinary industry in Thailand and globally.”
On the side of Mr. Verajet Vongkusolkit, Chief Executive Officer at Thai Sugar, Bioenergy, and New Business Group of Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation Company Limited, he added, “Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation is delighted to be a part of enhancing the potential of professionals in the food industry through education provided by ‘The Food School Bangkok.’ We are ready to support the use of ingredients in food preparation, such as high-quality sugar and molasses, from certified production processes meeting international standards, along with knowledge and various innovations. This assistance aims to create a diverse menu of bakery and beverage items, supporting the continuous improvement of skills for individuals in the food industry.”
Mr. Chayadhorn Taepaisitpongse, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer of Betagro Public Company Limited (PLC), commented, “As a leading comprehensive food company in Thailand, Betagro gives the utmost priority to producing food with the highest standards and safety throughout the business chain. We intend to deliver high-quality protein products, including pork, chicken, eggs, fish, and high-quality alternative proteins, into domestic and international food systems. We aim to give consumers access to quality and delicious food at a fair price.
For this collaboration, we express our gratitude to The Food School Bangkok, a world-renowned culinary school under the Dusit International, for commencing this programme. Betagro is excited to embark on this project and believes it will be crucial in elevating Thailand’s food industry. By developing proficient culinary talents, we aim to establish recognition on a global scale. We strongly believe this will contribute to delivering superior food to consumers on a broader scale in the future.”
Regarding the eligibility criteria for participants in the ‘Future Chef of the World 2024’ project, individuals must be between 18 to 40 years of age, of Thai nationality, and have not experienced over 180 hours of certified culinary and bakery courses or previously worked as a professional chef. Those who meet the qualifications and are interested in joining the programme can apply from today until March 10, 2024. For additional application details, please visit: programs.thefoodschool.com/futurechefoftheworld2024.
Further information about the Certificated Course scholarships, developed and conducted by The Food School Bangkok’s partner institutions from Italy, Japan, and Thailand, is as follows:
- Professional Arts in Italian Bakery & Pastry Certificated Course by ALMA – The School of Italian Culinary Arts, valued at 534,250 baht, is supported by Mitr Phol Group.
- Professional Arts of International Bread & Bakery Certificated Course by The Food School Bangkok and Professional Arts in Italian Bakery & Pastry Certificated Course by ALMA – The School of Italian Culinary Arts, valued at 534,250 baht, is supported by Mitr Phol Group.
- Professional Culinary Arts in Italian Cuisine Certificated Course by ALMA – The School of Italian Culinary Arts, valued at 289,250 baht, is supported by Betagro Group.
- Professional Culinary Arts in Japanese Cuisine Certificated Course by Tsuji Culinary Institute, valued at 289,250 baht, is supported by Betagro Group.
- Professional Culinary Arts in Thai Cuisine Certificated Course by Dusit Thani College, valued at 194,250 baht, is supported by Betagro Group.