Western India Culinary Association

IFCA aims to develop the culinary professiona and promote curilnary tourism even as it continuously scaled up Indian cuisine on the Global platform


Chef Vernon Coelho

Vice- President
Chef Seetharam Shetty

Chef Salil Fadnis

Chef Sudhir Pai

Western India Culinary Association (WICA)

The Western India Culinary Association (WICA), WICA aims to foster educational programs, with lectures and demonstrations by culinarians and catering experts.

Managing Committee
President : Chef Vernon Coelho
Vice President : Chef Seetharaman Shetty
Secretar y : Chef Salil Fadnis
Treasurer : Chef Sudhir Pai

Committee Members :

Chef Rajdeep Kapoor, Chef Ashish Shome, Chef Surjan Singh Jolly, Chef Bhaskar Sankhari.

Brief Introduction of the President, Chef Vernon Coelho

Chef Vernon Coelho initiated the formation of the Western India Culinary Association (WICA) and is currently its Founding President.

He completed his studies from the Institute of Hotel Management in Mumbai and has traveled extensively around the world promoting Indian cuisine with lectures, workshops and demonstrations.

At the invitation of TAFE, he visited Australia and was also in Mauritius on a Government exchange program. He had sailed with Silver Sea Cruises, the QE II (Cunard Lines) and the Silja Line (Finland) as a Guest Chef dealing exclusively with Indian Food and Spices, besides training the crew in the intricacies of Indian Cuisine. He also went to Helsinki to develop an interest in the food of the Indian sub-continent in Scandinavia.

He is also a Guest Faculty at the Le Cordon Bleu institutes in Paris and London, the first and probably the best known culinary schools founded in 1805. He has also appeared on television programs in the United States and in Finland to talk about and demonstrate Indian Cooking. In October 2000, he was inducted into the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, a professional association of chefs, based in Paris but having affiliations world wide. Up until the present, he is the first Indian in the Hospitality Education sector to be awarded this recognition.

WICA Meetings : The members meet once a month

Area covered under WICA : Maharashtra, Goa, Parts of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.


7th IFCA International
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