World-renowned Pastry Chefs Open Pastry and Bakery Academy in the Philippines
World-renowned pastry chef Jean Louis Arnaud leads a group of acclaimed international chefs in opening a Philippine branch of the region’s top pastry school – the Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines – this August 5 in Makati City.
The educational institution that they are establishing in Manila is a sister-school of the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia, which Chef Jean co-founded with premier pastry chef Niklesh Sharma. Another branch of the school was recently opened in India. Incidentally, this year, Chef Jean is one of the judges for the World Food Expo (WOFEX) competition here.
Chef Niklesh, the Academy’s managing director, shared that many students, including Filipinos, go to Europe or the United States to undergo pastry training, where the courses can be very expensive.
“We feel the Philippines is a great destination to open up an academy looking at the number of Filipinos working in hotels within and outside the Philippines. We want to provide organized and structural training for students looking for a career in the hotel industry, pastry shops, and those who want to put up their own businesses,” he further said.
The training at the Academy, according to Chef Niklesh, prepares students to world-class skills Manila has never seen before. “We can provide an even higher level of training here at 40% of the cost students spend in other local pastry schools. In the next six to nine months, our students can be at par with seasoned hotel pastry chefs in the Philippines,” he said confidently.
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When I wasn’t pregnant yet, and kept seeing fashionable moms-to-be, I kept imagining what I would be like when I too, become pregnant. Naturally since I love fashion and style, it has been my dream or should I say mantra that I would maintain my love for fashion and be a stylish preggy momma.
Although in my first trimester, I wasn’t up for anything other than just brushing my teeth, taking a shower and donning any huge t-shirt I can find in my closet. It was only now in my second trimester that my love for dressing up became apparent. But more than anything, dressing up is a form of self-expression. It is more about how I feel about myself and how happy and contented I am with my new state that I wanted to show.
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