The Italian company organizes training courses
of the highest quality for its shipboard employees in collaboration with premium
partners who are global ambassadors for Italian-made excellence.
By the end of 2016 over 90 shipboard managers
will have taken part in this training.
Genoa – October 27, 2016 – Costa Cruises is investing in
the "Scuole di Mestiere" (Schools of
Trades), a project aimed at providing its shipboard staff with specific
training of the highest level and focusing on "Italy's finest".
"Scuole di Mestiere" consist of a series of top quality workshops and master's
courses, designed in collaboration with some of Costa's partners – names which
stand for Italian excellence worldwide: the Università del Caffè illy, Cantine Ferrari, Academia
Barilla, CAST Alimenti - the school of trades of
taste and the Università
degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche (UNISG
the end of 2016 Costa Cruises will have trained more than 90 shipboard managers
giving them the opportunity to become
more familiar with the values, vision, professionalism, quality and know-how of
these centers of Italian excellence.
The initiative further
strengthens the already well-established alliance between Costa Cruises and its
partners, thanks to which the company's cruise guests can enjoy the famous
bubbly Ferrari Trentodoc, Barilla pasta dishes, inimitable illy blend coffee and pizza made with yeast base, the result of Costa's collaboration with the Università
degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche (UNISG Pollenzo). In addition, this year Costa has begun
making use of the professionalism and experience of CAST Alimenti - the school of trades of
taste for the training and selection
of its pastry chefs on board.
di Mestiere project is a first for our industry, which further consolidates the
ties between Costa Cruises and the leading brands of Italian excellence, with
whom we have been collaborating for some time now so as to offer our guests only
Italy's finest: illy, Barilla, Ferrari,
CAST Alimenti and the Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche di
Pollenzo. Excellent Italian products
that are the envy of the world are also the fruit of a culture and expertise that
we are bringing onboard our ships by means of the Schools of Trades," said Costa
Cruises President Neil Palomba.
trained managers will become custodians of secrets of the trade and will, in
turn, act as trainers, passing this teaching on to their teams onboard and
turning the Costa ships into veritable continuing
the Università del caffè illy in Trieste, a center of excellence set up with a brief to foster coffee culture and knowledge worldwide by means of
education, course participants learn the techniques required to make the "perfect"
espresso and cappuccino, in keeping with the finest Italian tradition.
Cantine Ferrari are providing their
many decades of experience on a journey of discovery of the secrets of top-of-the-range Italian bubbly embracing
history, values, local roots and food & wine pairings, and giving participants
the tools they need to tell all Costa's cruise guests about the characteristics
of Ferrari Trentodoc spumante.
At Academia Barilla, the first international center dedicated to the
diffusion, promotion and development of Italian gastronomic culture in the
world, Costa Chefs are certified as ambassadors
of authentic Italian cuisine. After
taking part in training that alternates visits to Barilla's laboratories with practical
lessons, the cruise line's Chefs can stage cooking demonstrations and present
as effectively as possible Italy's most famous staple food and internationally
recognized export – pasta.
At CAST Alimenti, the school of trades
of taste, under the watchful eye
of Master Chef Massari, Costa's Pastry Chefs
have the chance to do a refresher course, hone their skills and master the finest patisserie techniques: the demonstrations and practical lessons, touching
on subjects related to decoration and chocolate-making, enable participating Pastry
Chefs to create ever tastier and more refined desserts.
Last but not least, at UNISG, the
Università degli Studi di Scienze
Gastronomiche di Pollenzo, Costa's pizza chefs and bakers learn all about excellent products like flour, yeast base and
mixes for bread and pizza with special attention to the environmental
implications and to sustainability.
The "Scuole di
Mestiere" project is the latest addition to a wide range of
training programs that Costa has always provided for all its shipboard
and shoreside employees so as to ensure the continuous improvement of their
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