London to become global heart of gelato in foodservice as Carpigiani launch ‘Foodservice Professiona

Following the worldwide success of Carpigiani’s renowned Gelato University and Gelato Pastry University programmes, the global leader in ice cream and gelato equipment has announced the launch of a series of dedicated courses and qualifications for those producing artisan gelato and sorbet in kitchens across the foodservice industry.

A first for the highly acclaimed Italian manufacturer, the move will see chefs from across the globe visit the Carpigiani Development Centre in London for the ‘Gelato University - Foodservice Professionals’ course, demonstrating the commitment that Carpigiani has given to making London a ‘centre of excellence’ for gelato within foodservice across the world.

“What a better opportunity to present a new project full of challenges and interesting opportunities than that of a great programme dedicated to Italian artisan gelato? We chose to create this new program in London to highlight the fact that the UK is one of the most advanced countries in the world for fine dining and one of the most receptive towards innovation and fusion of different food cultures. The brand new ‘Carpigiani Gelato University – Foodservice Professionals’, follows a natural evolution of our mission to spread the culture of gelato around the world. This launch represents a step towards new paths, providing a unique training program, with a mission to combine the best traditions of authentic Italian gelato and the best in food. We are confident that chefs across the industry will be inspired by this new challenge and we are happy and proud to support them by providing an ongoing series of high-quality courses.”

Andrea Cocchi, CEO of Carpigiani Group

Led by Carpigiani UK’s Development Chef, Michele Stanco, who formerly headed the pastry team at Heston Blumenthal’s, 3-Michelin Starred, Fat Duck restaurant in Bray, the course has been designed uniquely to meet the needs of professionals looking to expand their knowledge and experience of using gelato, with the aim of developing new techniques and ideas.

Furthering the already hugely successful ‘Gelato University’ programme, the new courses, which launch on the 9th October 2017, will be split into various independent one day modules to allow chefs to manage time away from the kitchen. With content covering both the theory and practical of a range of subjects including, ‘Sweet and Savoury Gelato’, ‘Frozen Dessert Creation’, ‘Alcohol based flavours and Infusions’, ‘Gelato Science and Technology’ and a range of topics to address individual menu and dietary requirements.

“The UK and London in particular has become known as the home of some of the finest cuisine in the world over the past decade. It is the setting for award-winning chefs and prestigious establishments, many of which use exceptional ingredients, create outstanding flavour combinations and produce authentic Italian gelato on a daily basis. With the UK being seen as a culinary centre for excellence by many, we are delighted to launch ‘Foodservice Professionals’ an extension to the internationally renowned Gelato University programme. Led by our own highly experienced development chef, Michele Stanco and the team of Gelato Maestros from around the world, Gelato University – Foodservice Professionals will deliver unique content, evoke creative visions and set building blocks for the conception of some truly exceptional menus.”

Paul Ingram, Managing Director of Carpigiani UK

To find out more about the Gelato University – Foodservice Professionals training courses at the Carpigiani UK Development Centre in London, please call Carpigiani UK on 01432 346018 or visit or

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