Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. It is promoted by Union Ministry of Tourism. The ICI building was designed by National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC).
Indian Culinary Institute (ICI)
The main objective of ICI is to institutionalize mechanism to support efforts intended to preserve, document, promote and disseminate Indian Cuisine. It also seeks to meet sectoral requirement of specialists specific to Indian Cuisine and promote cuisine as niche tourism product.
It will be centre of excellence that will offer structured regular programmes of study specific to culinary arts and culinary management. It will also promote research and innovation, organize demand driven certificate and diploma courses. It will also document and create data base specific to Indian cuisine and commission studies and survey on cuisine. It will also provide appropriate training platform at par with elite “Chef Schools” functioning in different parts of developed world.
At present In India, there is no formal education specific to Indian cuisine, culinary art. Besides, there was no regular credible institutional source at apex level for supply of cuisine specialists to sector. There was also no institutional mechanism to document and disseminate knowedge related to cuisine and gastronomy. There is also dearth of state-of-the-art training ground to groom top-of-the-line chefs of international standards. ICI will help to remove all these bottlenecks.