Continuing Education

IFTM partners with Wynn F&B Academy to offer master classes on Chinese regional cuisine

中文摘要 / Summary in Chinese

China’s distinct regional cuisines are under the spotlight at IFTM until 24 June. The Institute is linking with the Wynn Food and Beverage Academy – an in-house educational unit of integrated resort operator Wynn Macau Ltd – to host a series of master class sessions, each promoting a particular Chinese regional cuisine.

The series covers China from north to south, and from east to west. The country’s abundance of gastronomic delicacies is featured in a total of 11 master classes that highlight a number of China’s culinary traditions, with a focus on the so-called “Eight Great Cuisines of China”.

The master classes are open to the general public. They are linked to the “Wynn Guest Chef Series” by Wynn Macau Ltd. Under the initiative, the integrated resort operator is bringing to Macao leading chefs from across the country, to present special menus at restaurants in the Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace Cotai properties. While in town, the chefs are also devoting time to sharing their culinary expertise with local students.

The master class series at IFTM began on 1 April, with a workshop on Sichuan cuisine, held at the Mong-Há Campus. It was led by Chef Xu Mingqiang from Ba Shufeng Yue, a popular restaurant specialised in Sichuan cuisine, located in the city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province. Attendees included a number of chefs enrolled in the Wynn Food and Beverage Academy, as well as students and staff from IFTM.

It was Chef Xu’s first time in Macao. He praised the workshop as a “great chance” to promote “authentic Sichuan flavours” to the city’s chefs and future industry professionals. He was impressed by the facilities at IFTM, particularly the Institute’s Demo Kitchen: Chef Xu said the room – recently revamped – was nicely equipped “both for cooking and teaching”, with cameras to film sessions, and large video screens allowing for all participants to see in detail what he was preparing at his workstation.

The workshop on Sichuan cuisine was well attended, and the audience raised a lot of questions and presented a lot of opinions to Chef Xu. Among those attending were staff from the IFTM Educational Restaurant. “Though our main focus is on Macanese cuisine, getting to know about various cuisines is positive for us,” a staff member said.

The master class series marks the temporary ‘return’ to IFTM of Mr. David Wong Yuk Shan, former executive assistant manager for food and beverage at the Institute. He is now Executive Director at the Wynn Food and Beverage Academy.

“The Academy recruits existing chefs, to help them enhance their skills,” he says. “When we cooperate with higher education institutes, our priority is to partner with those offering culinary courses.” That is the case of IFTM: it has a Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Culinary Arts Management.

The Wynn Food and Beverage Academy was founded in 2009. Since its establishment, it has invested in promoting culinary traditions, while stimulating innovation in food and beverage culture.

Mr. Wong points out that the Wynn group and IFTM have a long-lasting partnership. It includes making available at the integrated resort operator, vacancies for IFTM students to complete their mandatory Year 3 curricular internship. Wynn Macau Ltd also provides scholarships to undergraduate students at the Institute.

Parties interested in learning more about the master class series at IFTM can call the Institute via (+853) 2853 1252.

Master class series – full programme

Date Workshop
1 April Sichuan Cuisine
8 April Chaozhou Cuisine
15 April Beijing Cuisine
22 April Yellow Croaker Banquet
29 April New Hunan Cuisine
13 May Jiang Nan Cuisine
27 May Fusion Cuisine
3 June Fusion Cuisine
10 June Suzhou Cuisine
17 June Chaozhou and Cantonese Cuisine
24 June Huaiyang Cuisine

Note: All master classes start at 15:00 and last 2 hours.

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