Becoming A True Gelato Maestro with Carpigiani Gelato University

Last updated on 30 May 2024
Becoming A True Gelato Maestro with Carpigiani Gelato University


By Mia Angeline

Those who never tried a scoop of gelato in their life is sure missing a slice of heaven.

This famous Italian dessert is taking the world by storm, and none can compete eating a scone of gelato on a sunny afternoon in Italy.

If you ever dream of having your own dessert parlor, you could consider the gelato business.

Becoming a true “gelatiere” or gelato maestro is just one step away because now you can enroll to Carpigiani Gelato University (CGU).

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Courses in The Gelato University

CGU was founded in 2003 by Carpigiani Group from Italy. Their mission is to spread the gelato culture worldwide by creating gelato professionals throughout the world.

They offer various range of courses from basic, intermediate, to advance levels, which train you from the fundamentals of gelato making to mastering the sophisticated gelato-based desserts.

If you choose to take a course in CGU, you will learn all about Italian desserts, from gelatos, frozen yogurts, sorbets, semifreddos, gelato cakes, and pastries.

Not only the making of the perfect gelato, but you will also be taught how to manage a gelato business.

The internship offered by CGU is a great experience to learn firsthand about gelato production, product storage, sales, cleaning and maintenance of gelateria equipment.

The complete curriculum in CGU (including basic, intermediate, advance, and internship) will take 19 days to complete, a relatively short time to become a gelatiere. But you can also enroll in an individual course, or even only take the internship in CGU’s gelateria. Moreover, they also have a one-day course on artisan gelato making, and online webinars – so you can learn from the comfort of your own home.

Located in Bologna, Italy, CGU also offers courses in their satellite campuses in several cities around the world, including Sao Paolo, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, London, and Singapore. So, there is no reason not to try this unique course.

When you finished all the course from CGU and entitled as a gelatiere, other than opening your own business, you can work at famous gelato chain or joining a 5-star hotel / restaurant.

Gelato is a favorite dessert for many, Research and Markets predicted the sales of artisanal gelato will grow around 7.2% between 2018 and 2023. It means there will be increasing demand for gelatiere all over the globe.

Official Website: Carpigiani Gelato University

Isn’t it just like regular ice cream?

Never ask whether gelato is the same as ice cream to any Italian because the answer is NO.

CGU teaches how to make true Italian gelato, not ice cream. The difference lies in the main ingredients and techniques.

First, gelato contains less fat than ice cream, because gelato is made from milk, not cream. Next, the sugar level in gelato is less than in ice cream. Gelato usually has around 30% of sugar, while ice cream has around 50% sugar.

Gelato also contains less air and is served at a higher temperature. By containing less air, gelato can maintain its flavor than ice cream. While storage temperature will affect the creaminess of the product. Consequently, gelato has a richer flavor than ice cream. Lastly, ice cream is typically produced in large batch, while gelato only produced in small batch – hence the description “artisanal” product.

In CGU other than gelato, you will learn about sorbet as well. The main difference between sorbet and gelato lies again in the main ingredient. Sorbet is made with water or fruit juice – not milk or cream. Since based on fruit, sorbet is considered healthier than gelato.

Now, if you are really interested to be a gelatiere, you may want to book a place early in CGU.

Because each year more than 6,000 people participate in Carpigiani Gelato University courses from all over the world.

Who knows, you may be owning a gelato empire two years from now!