Professional Programmes 2019/2020

September 29 Professional Programmes are open for registration. We have new fee and payment plan options available. Enroll Now

USP of SCAFA vs Any Other Culinary School:

1) Best teaching faculty in UAE (awarded by Pro Chef ME)
2) Best training program for culinary skills in GCC - in terms of skills and content 
3) One-to-one teaching style - small groups and separate teaching areas
4) Work placement/internship assistance - career guidance


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Upcoming Events

A glimpse of some of our forthcoming events and classes

Other Programmes

  • Parties

    Looking for a unique way to celebrate a birthday? Anniversary? Graduation? Proposal? Look no further than SCAFA, Dubai’s School of Culinary and Finishing Arts. Let us plan a special cooking class tailored for you, where you and your guest(s) participate in preparing the meal under the supervision of our fabulous and flamboyant chef instructors. At SCAFA, we strive to meet and exceed your expectations and we do this by customising your event with your menu and other touches.

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  • Fundamentals Of Cuisine

    A class for the serious enthusiast, this is a structured programme that can be taken as a whole 10-class programme, or, students can attend any class that appeals (e.g. the class on fish and crustaceans or pasta). Classes are for a duration of 3-4 hours.

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  • Fundamentals of Pastry

    Marie-Antoine Carême (1783-1833) said "The fine arts are five in number, namely: painting, sculpture, poetry, music, and architecture, the principal branch of the latter being pastry." Pastry, baking, desserts and chocolate have always been constant topics and trends for food enthusiasts. At SCAFA, we have designed a programme that can be taken as a series or individual classes, focusing purely on the basics and fundamentals of baking and desserts.

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  • Mini MasterChef

    In the Mini Master Chef Programme, youngsters will learn a range of basic and advanced skills, alongside etiquette and hygiene in a fun and friendly environment.
    We welcome all young chefs starting from 4 years of age all the way up to 14 years of age.

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  • Team Building Events

    If you are searching for an ideal way to improve team morale, boost group communication, celebrate your colleagues and bolster corporate results, what better way than a day at SCAFA learning new skills and having fun at the same time!

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  • Menu Consulting

    At SCAFA, we have a team of talented chef instructors who are able to provide consulting advice, menu development on new / exisiting F'n'B concepts and train staff as part of a CDP programme. For more details in regards to menu development please email

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  • Javier Guillén In SCAFA

    Chef Patissier JG Consulting & Co-Owner CacauNoir

    Javier Guillen (JG) comes to scafa a part of Republica del Cacao Masterclass. Fully booked 7 Days of chocolate bliss. JG is one of spains authorities in pastry and he transforms your dessert menu using republica del cacao's chocolates.

    For more information Get in touch with us at or call us at 04 379 4044

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  • Class by Guillermo Rodriguez

    A long career endorses the career of chef Guillermo Rodríguez Astorga. He is a graduate of International Cuisine at INACAP, a UN Fellow at the Paris Hotel School, and president of the Chilean chapter of the Les Toques Blanches group. He directed the most important gastronomic events of La Moneda in the 90's and the first years of this century. In 2007 he became independent to form his own project: Gastronomic Space. More than a direct reference to traditional Chilean cuisine, it is a commitment to the rescue and development of the original products. And they brough Chile to SCAFA

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  Achievements & Awards

  • TAWTEEN 360 Partner - SCAFA & MOHRE :

    SCAFA the school of Culinary and Finishing Arts in Dubai has been selected as the culinary school partner for the Tawteen360 student forum event from 2018 - 2019. SCAFA's aim at the forum is to introduce the hospitality sector to the  young Emirati's and show them alternative career opportunities in an ever growing industry.

  • DMCC Members Award 2016 for Best Educational Establishment :

    SCAFA, Dubai's best cooking school, has won the prestigious Best Educational Establishment Award. SCAFA is a proud DMCC Member and the award is a testament of SCAFA's continuing commitment to ensuring the delivery of quality culinary education.

  • Pro Chef Training Award :

    Our Academic Director, Chef Francisco Araya, was awarded the Pro Chef Middle East 2013 Training Champion of the Year. The Pro Chef Middle East Fine Dining Awards is an awards show representative of the Food and Beverage industry here in the Middle East, with over 2,200 individuals participating and nominating their peers in over 60 categories.

  • Merci Chef :

    Merci Chef, a premier brand that produces quality French cheeses, announced their very first Merci Chef Awards in 2014. Our professional students, Roya Tarzaban and Kriti Vaswani, won first and third place respectively in the Merci Chef Awards 2015, for the U.A.E. Roya is now competing with participants from countries such as Spain, Germany and Poland for the top Merci Chef Award of 2015.

  • WhatsOn! ME 2013 Black Hat Guide – SCAFÉ awarded a two Hat Rating :

    The Black Hat Guide is the UAE’s first fully rated restaurant guide from the region’s best-selling entertainment magazine, What’s On, which covers over 1200 eateries across the country. Scafe, SCAFA’s own teaching restaurant, has been awarded the Black Hat Guide’s Two Hat Rating for two years running, a testimonial to our restaurants continuing excellent service.

  • Caterer Middle East Top 50 Influencers :

    Our Academic Director, Chef Francisco Araya, was named as Caterer Middle East’s Top 50 influencers. Caterer Middle East is a dedicated food & beverage management magazine delivering news, culinary trends and product reviews for the Middle East's fast growing catering industry, with the Caterer Middle East Top 50 Influencers listing out the region’s most influential professionals in the hospitality industry.

  • Professional Student Placement :

    Rahul Ramnani, a graduate of our Professional Finishing Program, was offered a placement in NOMA, which was awarded the Best Restaurant award for three consecutive years by Restaurant magazine. Marc Brown, a professional student who had completed the Professional Kitchen and Professional Finishing Program, was also offered a placement with NOMA in 2015.

  • Future Chef Competition :

    SCAFA students, Haile Amanuel and Polly Smith, participated in the Future Chef hosted by Masterchef competition, taking 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Held in the Conrad Hotel’s Marco Pierre White Grill. Organized by the Australian Trade Commission, the event brought together two future chefs from all of the culinary schools across the country. With Emirates Academy taking 1st and 4th positions, SCAFA’s Haile and Polly did themselves and SCAFA proud with the 2nd and 3rd positions.


SCAFA is the official Culinary Academic Placement Partenr with IHG Festival City

SCAFA was awarded the title of the official academic culinary partner for Inter

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"Our sincere thanks to you and all your staff for a splendid event. You understood our needs perfectly and created the ideal atmosphere. The happy chatter in the office this morning proved that we all got it just right...other than the winning team decision. It was unanimously enjoyed and will be a hard act to follow."

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SCAFA students will be taking part in Gulf Food and the Dubai Food Festival.

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About Scafa

Hello SCAFA, Dubai’s School of Culinary And Finishing Arts is a full-service culinary arts training institute offering the complete spectrum of culinary arts courses. We have full-time education programmes for students aspiring to become professional chefs and advanced programmes for chefs looking to upskill their abilities. The School also offers professional courses for students seeking professional skills but lacking the time to commit to full-time education, thereby offering these individuals an opportunity to pursue their ambition. Under the expert guidance of our instructors, students will learn practical skills that will become second nature. With world-class culinary, finishing and etiquette arts training, SCAFA students learn the skills they need to deliver style, excellence in quality and sophistication.

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