About Us

‘Gesto Culinary & Hospitality Academy’ is a network of educational institutions dedicated to develop quality manpower and finest leaders for the Culinary and Hospitality industry with the means of best standard operations and practices. The Academy has presence in 12 States with 6 own campuses and 37 partner campuses across India and trains over 3000 + students every year. The Academy has been the winner of ‘International Star Award’ for World Quality Commitment in the Gold category, by Business Initiative Directions, Spain. GESTO Academy is a hospitality training initiative of Emerge Learning Services (P) Ltd, one of the fastest growing Skill Development institutions in India.

GESTO is the Portuguese word for 'Gesture'. A gesture is usually defined as a physical movement or verbal expression to convey an idea, sentiment, attitude or courtesy. At GESTO, we are committed to translate this simple idea into a lifelong philosophy. As professionals in the hospitality industry, we are all well aware of the physical gestures which are often used to greet guests, communicate with colleagues and delegate tasks in the workplace, but here at GESTO, we take these gestures a step further. GESTO signifies not only physical actions but also the strength of character, the zest for life, respect for work and the personal satisfaction that comes from superb performance on the job as well as in the classroom. Our deep belief in this concept is reflected in the choice of our name!

GESTO, by understanding the industry needs and in turn the Skill Development needs, continues to evolve World Class Training Programs with the means of R&D, innovation, technology methods and creativity. In our institutions across India, the focus is on people and emphasis is on skill and personality development for a purpose. Two dimensional focus of 'Technical Knowhow' and 'Hands-on Experience' leads to Personality Development and Character.


To be a leader in delivering world-class education in Hospitality & Culinary arts and be the most preferred choice of Students, Trainers & Industry.


To be the thought Leader Academy in Hospitality & Culinary Skills Development, its Industry applications and for best-in-class :

  • Research & Development
  • Education & Training Programs
  • Teaching & Learning Resources
  • Technology & Career Solutions


To become India’s leading Hospitality Management institution by year 2016, providing ‘Career oriented skill’ and ‘professional development’ training for hospitality and service related industries through technology-enabled means.

Purpose of Existence

To impart Employability Skills, enable Great Careers and create Finest Leaders in Hospitality & Culinary industry.

Here is what GESTO offers the learning community through its academies spread across the country

Flagship Programmes
  • International Chef Training Program (International Twinning Program)

Professional Programmes
  • PG Diploma in Garde Manger and Cruise Line Service
  • B. Sc. in Catering Science & Hotel Management
  • Diploma in Catering Science & Hotel Management
  • Diploma in Kitchen & Catering Operations

Online Professional Programmes
  • M.B.A. in Tourism & Hotel Management
  • B.Sc. in Catering Science & Hotel Management
  • Diploma in Catering Science & Hotel Management
Short Term Professional Programmes
  • Certificate Course in Food Production
  • Certificate Course in Bakery
  • Certificate Course in Food & Beverage Service
  • Certificate Course in Front Office
  • Certificate Course in Food Production

Academy Laurels

  • GESTO Culinary & Hospitality Academy is the first and the only ‘Hotel Management Academy’ in the world to win the ‘International Star Award’ for World Quality Commitment in the Gold category, by Business Initiative Directions, Spain.
  • GESTO Students are placed in premium hotels like ‘The Oberoi’ and ‘Hyatt’ Groups.
  • Our students are also placed in ‘Norwegian Cruise Liner’ and ‘P & O Cruise Liner’.

The Academy is proud to be associated with world leaders in Hospitality and Culinary education:

  1. International Center for Culinary Arts, Dubai (ICCA)
  2. Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

GESTO ‘go green’ initiative through eLearning:

  1. Pioneer in the Online and Technology-enabled hospitality training in India
  2. First Academy to provide Online Hotel Management Degree, M.B.A., Post Graduate and Diploma Programs through Web-based LMS (Learning Management System)
  3. First Academy to offer Live Telecast of Practical Sessions of the Expert Trainer sessions and classes through Virtual Class mode
  4. First Academy to offer Recorded Theory and Practical Sessions
  5. Students can now study from anywhere at any time through GESTO Online Hospitality Management Course... Education made easy…

Premium Work Placements for Students

International Placements

  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • P&O Cruises
  • Compass Group Singapore
  • Maple Heights Catering, USA

Placements in India

  • The Oberoi Group
  • Hyatt
  • Marriott International
  • The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts


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