Food & Drink

Home Cooks + Masterchefs Alike: Spend a Day at The Food School on Your Next Trip to Bangkok

Bangkok’s first multinational culinary school is paving the way for a more sustainable future.

The Food School

Cafe Area

By Megan Leon

Oct 12, 2022

CRAZY DELICIOUS BANGKOK is making a play to be not just one of the world’s best places to eat, but also one of the coolest places to learn to cook, with the recent debut of The Food School. Alma, the School of Italian Culinary Arts, makes its first move outside of Italy, while Japan’s prestigious Tsuji Institute (which has locations in Tokyo, Osaka and Lyon) brings 60 years of impeccable chef’s training to team up with hospitality-focused Dusit Thani College at a powerhouse trifecta learning center for Italian, Japanese Thai cuisines and Italian baking and pastry-making. 

Located within Chulalongkorn University, the spacious three-story building will feature a vast range of courses that include options for experts in the kitchen, aspiring chefs and just food enthusiasts traveling through–all can sharpen their knife skills in one, state-of-the-art place. 

The Food School
Incubator Area

The sustainably minded school is using its power for good, implementing zero-waste cooking practices, lessons on waste management in addition to minimizing its energy consumption, priorities very important to Siradej “Champ” Donavanik, vice president of global development for Dusit Thani Public Company Limited. “I am very proud to say that every aspect is embedded with sustainability practices, including construction materials used, waste management practices followed, and curriculums offered” he says. 

In addition, The Food School Bangkok works in collaboration with TOCA, the Thai Organic Consumer Association, to promote farm-to-table partnerships while supporting local, organically grown ingredients, a major step toward pushing diversity and continuity in the quality of organic products in Thailand.

The Food School

The curriculum here is broken down into three categories: Elite Certificate Courses, Masterclasses and Short Courses. The most intensive are the Elite courses, available in three levels–Essential, Intermediate and Advanced, with each amounting 200 hours of intensive training in Thai, Italian or Japanese cuisine. 

The Masterclasses are two-day programs ideal for those with experience in the kitchen. Alongside in-house Food School teachers, guest chefs from some of the best restaurants in Bangkok, such as Jua and Sorn, lead specialized classes. These courses include demo sessions and hands-on cooking in state-of-the-art facilities. 

Perfect for travelers are the somewhat more approachable one-day Short Courses that include sushi-, pasta- or various pastry-making classes. There is even a local Thai coffee course that goes deep into all the fundamentals of coffee-making.

The Food School
The Food School team

Of course, cooking is a business and even the greatest chefs might need help turning their skills to profit. Enter The Food School’s business incubator program, which offers guidance for those seeking to turn ideas into functional concepts, do a little R&D or experiment with dish ideas with a mentor on hand. 

Community and camaraderie can be felt throughout the premises but more so on the ground floor that serves as a commercial and communal space for students and outside guests. Browse the fresh pastries and specialty roasts at the coffee shop, learn about the vertical farm or stop at one of the various pop-up kitchens from local partner restaurants that plan to offer dishes for eating in at one of the many tables on hand.

All photos courtesy of The Food School.

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