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The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts graduated 106 new chefs!

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On Saturday 22nd of January 2022, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) hosted its 12th graduation ceremony at the Cultural Palace of Al Hussein Youth City under strict COVID protocols. 

H.E. Mr. Lukas Gasser, Ambassador of Switzerland to Jordan, attended the ceremony that gathered the Royal Academy’s Management, Faculty, and employees. Parents of the graduates were also present to witness the great achievement of the Class of 2021 who were receiving their 2-years Culinary Diploma.

The graduating chefs were congratulated by H.E. Lukas Gasser for choosing the Culinary Arts education for its rewarding future career path and various possibilities it offers. He also pointed out that Jordan has a massive potential in Tourism and Hospitality, and this crucial economic sector is a fantastic choice for youth. His Excellency also mentioned the positive and fruitful outcomes resulting from the Swiss dual-education system applied by the Royal Academy through its partnership with École hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, the world’s No. 1 University in Hospitality and Leisure Management.

Director, Chef Jacques Rossel proudly congratulated the graduates and extended his appreciation to their parents, families and sponsors for supporting them in achieving their dream and passion. He also reflected on the main milestones of their 2-years journey, building their skills and knowledge through the Academy’s values.

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts is a Technical University College, established in 2008 following the vision of His Majesty, King Abdullah II, to raise the level of education in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector, and reorient young men and women toward education related to the technical market. RACA is an Associate Member of the Network of EHL-certified Schools and offers a 2-years Diploma in Culinary Arts and a 4-Years Bachelor’s Degree in food & Beverage Management.


Graduation ceremony on completing the “Food Safety Implementation And Inspection Guidelines”

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RACA holds graduation ceremony of all the participants on completing the “Food Safety Implementation and Inspection Guidelines: Business Point of Contact”  

On Sunday, May 23, 2021, the Royal Academy for Culinary Arts (RACA) held a graduation ceremony for those who completed the workshop on Food Safety Implementation: Business Point of Contact Certification.

The workshop was delivered based on the guidelines for “Safe Food Handling and Hygiene Standards” developed in cooperation with the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA), the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTa), the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), the Jordan Restaurants Associations (JRA), the Jordan Hotels Associations (JHA), USAID Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project (BEST), and the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA).

The aim of the course was to introduce the inspection guidelines to hospitality and food specialists based in business, to be also known as “Points of Contact”. These professionals have now a clear understanding of what is required from them when JFDA inspectors visit their work location. They are also responsible to ensure that the JFDA’s guidelines are being implemented in a manner that protects consumers from potential diseases that can be transmitted through food.

The graduates have thus been supplied with the necessary knowledge and competencies to communicate with managers and employees who handle the food to continuously guarantee that health and safety protocols related to food are being observed at all times in their respective food establishment.

RACA’s Director Chef Jacques Rossel expressed pride in the efforts exerted to make the training a success, also voicing his excitement that RACA had helped train capable young people, highlighting how important their role was when food safety and protecting consumers were concerned.


Inclusive Education Workshop

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According to UNESCO, Inclusive Education is the process of removing the barriers limiting the participation and achievement of all learners, respect diverse needs, abilities and characteristics, and that eliminate all forms of discrimination in the learning environment. RACA’s Facilitators had a workshop on Inclusive Education, especially designed by Mr. Rolando Jr. Villamero, Regional Inclusive Education Field Technical Specialist, from Humanity & Inclusion Jordan. The purpose of the workshop was a first step to reflect on how to make Culinary Arts more accessible for all learners.

Thank you Mr. Villamero for a very interesting workshop and insightful information.

To know more about Humanity & Inclusion Jordan; click the link https://loom.ly/IEgaMqo


Congratulations to our talented student Yahia, who was awarded the 1st prize in Sustainability

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Congratulations to our talented Yahia Khaled Abu Saad, Student at the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, who was awarded the 1st prize in Sustainability by the Chef Judges of the 7th International Young Chef Olympiad 2021 (YCO 2021).

YCO is currently the greatest international Olympiads for culinary students, with the participation of candidates representing over 60 countries.

Special thanks to Chef Yousef Al Jabasini and Chef Jihan Sahawnih for their guidance and mentorship during the preparation of the competition!


Amman Baptist School Visit

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The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts would like to congratulate the 12th graders Hotel Management students from Amman Baptist School who successfully passed the Hospitality Training Program at the Hotel Crowne Plaza, Amman, to prepare them to be motivated and confident decision-makers, who can overcome adversity and realize their potential. Also, RACA welcomed a few additional students from the school to experience a full day on campus and enjoyed classes with RACA students.

The Academy is always proud to be involved with youth and showing them the wonderful opportunities the hospitality industry can create for their career path and future professional life!


RACA hosted the launching ceremony of issuing the guideline for ” Safe Food Handling and Hygiene Standards “

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On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, and under the patronage of the General Manager of Jordan Food and Drug Administration , his Excellency Dr. Nizar Mhaidat, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts hosted the launching ceremony of issuing the guideline for ” Safe Food Handling and Hygiene Standards “, which was developed in cooperation between Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA), The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTa), Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), Jordan Restaurant Associations (JRA), Jordan Hotels Associations (JHA), USAID BEST, and The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA).

Dr. Mhaidat assured in his speech that this guideline aims at raising the standards of providing food in the tourism sector by ensuring safe and healthy food for Jordanians and tourists on the territory of the Kingdom while ensuring the communication of the necessary information to managers and employees responsible for food safety in the hospitality and hotel sectors and helping them train and qualify food handlers and food service managers to ensure that food safety protocols and health standards are in place.

For his part, Mr. Jacques Rossel the director of the academy affirmed that ” This collaboration amongst the hospitality and educational sector represented by the various organizations present here today, is a step forward to ensure a food safety culture could thrive in Jordan, and he believes that Jordan will be recognized internationally as a tourism destination for food and service safety”.

At the end of the ceremony, Dr. Mhaidat delivered certificates of appreciation to the team that prepared the guide.

Click Here to download the Food Safety and Hygiene Guide in English.

Click Here to download the Food Safety and Hygiene Guide in Arabic.


RACA student has been awarded as “Highly Commended 4th place” in the Cake International Virtual Competition

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Congratulations to RACA’s talented student Ms. Jude Halaseh, who has been awarded as “Highly Commended 4th place” in the Cake International Virtual Competition “Birmingham – United Kingdom” on November 14, 2020, in the Wedding Cake category, which is considered the world’s largest and most popular sugar craft, cake decorating & baking show! Also, well done Ms. Farah Smadi for her beautiful contribution. The Academy is very proud of its students who participated in this competition for making these beautifully decorated masterpieces!

*Special thanks to Mrs. Dania Qamar & Chef Mohammed Zubaidi (Senior Pastry Instructor) for training and supervising our students!


RACA celebrates the fifth edition of “The Italian Cuisine Week in the World”

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AMMAN – On Thursday 26 November 2020, the Italian ambassador to Jordan, His Excellency Fabio Cassese and the Executive Chef Giuseppe Silvestri visited the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts to celebrate the fifth edition of “The Italian Cuisine Week in The World” where the campus director Mr. Jacques Rossel, and the Executive Chef Yousef Iqleim welcomed them. The visit aimed to celebrate Italian Cuisine and culture; Chef Giuseppe cooked one of his signature pasta dishes, while His Excellency Cassese explained the richness of Italian its tradition of gastronomy and the focus on quality ingredients.


EFQM – Accreditation

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The King Abdullah II Center for Excellence (KACE), being the representative of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), awards the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) with EFQM’s Committed to Excellence (C2E) 2 Star Certificate.

The Executive Director of the King Abdullah II Center for Excellence, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Rawabdeh, handed over the certificate to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts His Excellency Dr. Wajih Owais and RACA’s Campus Director Mr. Jacques Rossel.

RACA is the first educational institution specialized in the hospitality sector to achieve (EFQM)’s Commitment to Excellence accreditation in Jordan, as this certificate is a recognition scheme that guides institutions to deliver better results and achieve excellence. This accreditation achieves global recognition of RACA’s commitment to quality standards as per international best practices.

The award ceremony took place at RACA on Tuesday 21st July 2020, with the presence of officials from KACE, RACA board members and officials from USAID Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project; which provided the technical support for this project.

Mr. Jacques Rossel, Director of RACA, said: “Since its opening in 2008, the Royal Academy has always pursued its goal to be a model of Excellence in Culinary Education within the local and international market. Over the years, the hospitality sector in Jordan and abroad has recognized and praised the quality of our graduates and RACA has become a trusted source of young trained chefs, ready for this very demanding industry. Providing a market with professional and qualified workforce can only be achieved if RACA operates with the right mindset toward Quality and cascade this way of thinking throughout its organization. We are thrilled of today’s success and our gratitude go greatly toward the King Abdullah II Center for Excellence for their guidance and recommendations, and USAID BEST for their professional advices and technical support.”

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