Chef Bruno Barbieri at the “Accademia Ospitalità Italiana Crociere”

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Yesterday morning, the 22 aspiring on board chefs on the Costa ships, students of the “Accademia Ospitalità Italiana Crociere” ITS course, were confronted with one of the most famous faces of the Italian cuisine, the Chef Bruno Barbieri, who attended a lesson testing the boys with the challenge of the mystery box.

The students, divided into 6 teams of 3 and 4 people, have engaged, in just an hour and a half, in creating a dish of their invention prepared with 10 ingredients very difficult to combine with each other, personally chosen by the Chef Bruno Barbieri:

6 eggs
1 pack of flour
2 eggplants
6 red prawns
1 piece of parmesan cheese
8 potatoes
1 bowl of clams
1 piece of sausage
2 black squid sachets
1 bowl of peeled pistachios

During the preparation, as in a real cooking show, Chef Bruno Barbieri closely monitored the work of the aspiring chefs, dispensing advices discovered and collected in his long starred career that saw its beginning on board the cruise ships.

After tasting all the dishes imagined and prepared by the students of the ITS course together with the Costa Crociere Chefs, Barbieri has decreed the winning dish: “Black or White?” hand-made tagliatelle with cream of clams, pistachios and crispy sausage. The dish was created by Marcella Rovati, Niccolò Morando and Federico Piazzi, who were rewarded with an autographed copy of one of the Chef’s Barbieri cookbooks.

The students selected for this type of ITS course have the opportunity to access a training of absolute excellence, which provides for a two-year period of study divided in theoretical part in the classroom and practical part on board of ships.

Thanks to this course, the students have the real chance to work with the number one cruise company in Europe. As a matter of facts Costa Crociere undertakes to hire at least the 70% of the participants who have successfully completed the course. At the end of the previous editions the percentage of hired students reached almost the 100%.

Villa Figoli Des Geneys has hosted since November 2016 the headquarters of the new “Accademia Ospitalità Italiana Crociere”, born from the partnership between the Italian Academy of Merchant Marine and Costa Crociere. The first academy in Italy dedicated exclusively to the training of hotel professionals who will work on cruise ships, that for the year 2018 has scheduled 25 courses that will be aimed at a total of 350 students.

The villa, surrounded by an Italian style park of about 35,000 square meters, has 7 equipped classrooms, a library, exhibition hall, multifunctional tapestry hall, a catering area, a bar, a kitchen and pastry workshops, ice cream and bakery workshops for lessons.

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