Where Do Indian Bakery And Culinary Courses Stand When Compared To Their Foreign Counterparts

While culinary courses in India may have some way to go before they rival the best in Europe, within Asia, many are already recognised as the best.

India is rapidly changing and much of this change is happening under the radar. While the country's physical infrastructure is woefully inadequate, its education infrastructure is world-class. The world recognises India's premier technical and management schools. Over the past few years, India's culinary expertise has gained global recognition as well. While culinary courses in India may have some way to go before they rival the best in Europe, within Asia, many are already recognised as the best.

India shines in delivering Culinary Courses

The best Indian culinary and bakery courses are shoulder to shoulder with those in Asia and give stiff competition to those in evolved markets like France and Italy. Over the past decade, the Indian culinary arts courses have made significant advances. An important reason for this is that Indian culinary institutes have some of the best instructors in the world. In the 1990s, the presence of leaders of culinary arts in Indian baking schools was nearly unimaginable, today its commonplace.

The biggest names in the culinary arts come to teach in India because they are attracted to the country’s well-equipped institutes, eager students, and ample opportunities. But there are other reasons as well.

Indian’s students have begun to take the culinary arts very seriously. They want to learn the nuances of baking well and thereby become masters of their craft. Unlike past decades, Indians enrolled in culinary courses are now globally aware. They know that the skills they learn in Indian baking schools and academies will be valued globally. Because students understand the value of a sound culinary education, they aren’t shy of paying for it.  

Advantages of learning; baking in India

Indian culinary courses are as rigorous as those overseas. Furthermore, Indian chefs who teach in such classes are supremely gifted. So while many academies and culinary schools have part-time faculty from abroad, talented Indian faculty is hugely responsible for their success. A new generation of Indian faculty is more dedicated than any that came before. Such dedication translates into a pedagogy that is among the finest anywhere.

Indian pastry students learn baking and other culinary skills from some of the finest chefs in the world. In leading institutes, they learn even more.

Learning the business side of baking

Leading culinary schools in India teach not only baking but also how to source the finest ingredients. Furthermore, they explain how to manage a thriving baking business. Hence unlike other Asian markets or even in parts of Europe and North America, pastry chefs in India learn how to manage a patisserie and ensure that it thrives.

Students enrolled in leading pastry academies in India graduate with the self-confidence to manage their own business. Also, they acquire a solid understanding of how to prepare mouth-watering cuisines and baked foods.

More differences

Indians being practical people like being taught how to manage a patisserie in addition to learning how to make superb pastries. In India, pastry chefs also learn some skills that most in other parts of Asia do not. Students enrolled in Indian pastry institutes learn how to keep food sanitised, purchase the right ingredients, build balanced menus, and manage the front end of a business. So while most culinary institutes in Asia teach only the basics of preparing foods, in India, aspiring chefs receive a holistic culinary education.   

Great Chefs in India

Until a few years ago, most aspiring chefs first choice was to enroll in courses overseas. Gradually this is changing as many who mastered baking overseas have begun teaching in India. As a result, it’s common to find obscure patisseries in India where macrons, cookies, mini éclairs, and frozen soufflés are as good as those in the most upmarket cafes in France.

A new culture

Managing and owning restaurants is seen as a serious business in India. There are many reasons behind this trend, including the popularity of shows like Master-chef and social media. Awareness of the importance of proper cooking has permeated Indian society and as a result, many, who earlier would have become engineers or doctors, are training to become chefs.

This new culture is balanced by world-class culinary schools that teach the nuances of baking to the next generation of Master-chefs in India.   

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