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Taj collaborates with Ducasse Education in Paris to offer French culinary & patisserie masterclasses

24th May 2017, Mumbai: Having successfully concluded the Michelin events, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris, the proud purveyor of global cuisine for over a century -- has for the very first time collaborated with Ducasse Education to impart the art, techniques and trends of classic French Culinary & Patisserie making through a series of hands on masterclasses for passionate individuals and industry professionals. Ducasse Education, created by the multi-starred Chef Alain Ducasse, is a prestigious network of schools specializing in cooking and pastry arts. With its three campuses in France, the institution aims to extend its expertise accumulated over decades to gastronomy enthusiasts.

As part of this masterclass collaboration, an intensive workshop will be held at The Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Aurangabad, where chefs across the Taj and industry professionals will update their skills. A world-class centre in hospitality education, IHM Aurangabad is an alliance between the Maulana Azad Educational Trust and the Taj Group. Two other workshops, one each in Mumbai and Delhi, will follow.

The Delhi workshop at Vivanta by Taj at Dwarka will train Taj chefs in the best of classic French fare using the Ducasse Education philosophy. The Masterclass in Mumbai has been exclusively designed to initiate passionate Mumbaikars into French pastry arts and will offer personalized interaction between Ducasse Education experienced chefs and participants. All sessions will teach the art, technique and trends of pastry making.

The objectives of these master classes are for professionals to master techniques to perfection, achieve balanced tastes and reach excellence. It will enable participants to acquire transversal skills such as work, produce and visual optimization for improved efficiency and productivity. It will ultimately open opportunities for participants to adapt menu offerings to different clients and differentiate oneself from competitors.

Commenting on this unique association, Mr.Chinmai Sharma, Chief Revenue Officer, Indian Hotels Company Ltd, said, “Taj has been a forerunner in pioneering culinary excellence. This collaboration with Ducasse Education is yet another initiative to support our chefs who deliver gastronomic delights to our guests every day with passion and devotion. Ducasse Education sets the highest industry standards and these classes will offer our guests and chefs an opportunity to work and learn from the very best in the industry.”

The Mumbai Masterclass will be conducted on 8th and 9th June 2017 at Callebaut Academy, Mumbai, and focus on pastry arts. The Delhi workshop – scheduled for 20th and 22nd June 2017, at Vivanta by Taj Dwarka, New Delhi – is designed to delight professional chefs with training, trends and insights on French food.

To be conducted by celebrated chefs Franck Geuffroy and Jeremy Delteil, the workshops will focus on basic pastry techniques, ice-creams and frozen entremets, chocolates, bars and bonbons and a delectable range of French tea time delicacies including Lemon Tartlets, Madeleine, Panna Cotta, Peanut and Pecan Paris-Brest, Chocolate/Coffee Eclairs, Chocolate Tartlets, Fresh Summer Fruits Tartlets, Lemon Cake, Strawberry Waffles, Traditional Macarons, and Yellow Fruit Financiers.

Mr. Cyril Lanrezac, Managing Director, Ducasse Education, said, “Ducasse Education values its collaborations with pioneer organizations such as Taj Group and IHM-Aurangabad that share the same core values. We are committed to our globally renowned chef, Alain Ducasse’s philosophy of achieving culinary and pastry excellence. We always respect the quality of ingredients and master culinary techniques, and we are sincerely motivated to bring these to India in partnership with Taj.”

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About Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris

Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 98 hotels in 61 locations across the globe, including presence in India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury.  For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house. For more information, please visit

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About Ducasse Education

Ducasse Education was created in 1999 by the multi-Michelin starred Chef Alain Ducasse to share his philosophy know-how in French culinary and pastry arts.

 Taught by highly qualified and experienced chef instructors, the programs emphasize repeating the right gestures through hands-on practice to achieve excellence. Its world-class equipment combined with small group settings and quality produce contribute to its exceptional training environment.

 Ducasse Education offers a comprehensive range of culinary and pastry arts programs: undergraduate programs (Bachelors), continuing education programs and career-switcher programs. Ducasse Education also delivers various courses designed for serious food-enthusiasts.

 There are currently three campuses in France (Centre de Formation d’Alain Ducasse located in Argenteuil, Ecole National Supérieure de Pâtisserie located in Yssingeaux and Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse located in Paris) and one abroad (located in Manila).