31 Sunjeh Raja
Director and CEO, International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) Dubai
Although Sunjeh Raja established ICCA Dubai in 2005, the institution has had an eventful year — it opened its new campus in Knowledge Village in Dubai, and Raja is currently working on the opening of another culinary training centre in Abu Dhabi.
The company also launched an education industry initiative in partnership with the Emirates Culinary Guild, World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), and City & Guilds, London, which aims to benefit under-privileged young chefs in the UAE industry.
The programme has the support of many, including celeb chef Gary Rhodes, Jumeirah Group’s Christian Gradnitzer, Atlantis, The Palm’s Sascha Triemer, and many more — showing the clout and quality of support he has garnered.
Raja says he wants ICCA to “become the leading culinary training provider in the Middle East and redefine the way in which professional and personal culinary training is delivered across the region”.
Size of team: 23
Number of years in the F&B Industry: 10
Number of years in the Middle East: 10
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