About ICI

About ICI

About International Culinary Institute

Where better to study international cuisines than in Asia’s World City. Hong Kong is home to 12,000 plus restaurants. There is quantity, diversity, and acknowledged quality. Hong Kong boasts Michelin-starred restaurants, Asia’s 50 Best award winners and Zagat-rated restaurants a plenty. International Culinary Institute (ICI) is part of this dynamic phenomenon offering training in the culinary arts of both East and West.

The ICI offers a wide range of quality professional culinary programmes covering European, Mediterranean, American, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines.  Asian cuisines feature Korean, Japanese, Indian and more.  It also provides wine, culinary science and international theme park and event management programmes.

Try a specialty programme in Baking & Patisserie. Learn about Kosher and Halal dietary requirements. Undertake wine studies, including wine and food pairing, taught by instructors with WSET Advanced level 3 Award or sommeliers of international repute and visiting wine makers.

Get a taste for the world of international cuisines – and wine too.


ICI is part of the Vocational Training Council (VTC). Established in 1982, the VTC is the principal vocational and professional education and training provider in Hong Kong and the region, with over 250,000 students studying across 13 member institutions.

Given the VTC’s strength in hospitality, ICI draws upon the resources and experience from within VTC – in particular from the Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI) and the highly acclaimed Chinese Culinary Institute (CCI).

The main training facilities of all three institutes are clustered together in the Southern District of Hong Kong Island in a campus-like venue called Hospitality Pokfulam. The collaborative and complementary relationship between the three institutes makes for a vibrant hive of hospitality activity.

Through the world of international cuisines, ICI aims to introduce graduates to opportunities for career entry or advancement as well as academic articulation while creating a pool of qualified talent to support the growth and sustainability of the hospitality and tourism sector in Asia’s World City and the region.

Training Locations

Before the ICI is operational in late 2018, programmes are conducted in training facilities of the VTC at Pokfulam, Kowloon Bay and Tin Shui Wai.