|Academy of Pastry Arts Philippines|
World-renowned pastry chef Jean Francois 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.
“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 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.
The Chefs behind the Academy
|The Pastry Chef's of Academy of Pastry Arts Philippines together with Chef Jean Francois Arnaud and Niklesh Sharma|
|Pastry Chef Jean (MOF)|
Chef Jean has been granted an Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF) or “One of the Best Craftsmen of France” in 2000. The MOF by the French government as a recognition for one’s expertise. He has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants and hotels and has participated and won numerous awards in artistic pastry, chocolate showpieces, and sugar arts competitions His recipes have appeared in top pastry publications around the world like the Thuries Gastronomie Magazine and he has also participated in salon de chocolate, creating chocolate dresses for fashion shows.
The award-winning chef has also served as Technical Director of the Ecole Nationale Superieure dela Patisserie (ENSP), which is recognized as the best pastry school in France. He came to Malaysia in 2009 to serve as international consultant for brands like Fonterra, Haagen-Dazs, Club Med group, and the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia.
Chef Jean, in partnership with the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia, in 2013 opened JFA Consultancy, which offers training in pastry and bakery arts at affordable rates. Theirs was the first consultancy company in the country to feature a formidable lineup of guest chefs from all over the world.
Chef Niklesh, meanwhile, is the former Executive Pastry Chef of The Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel. He started his career in 1997 at the Rajvilas, one of the best resorts in the world, and has been an opening team member of luxury hotels and resorts in India. He is very well-traveled and has trained under some of the best pastry chefs, MOFs, and world pastry chef champions in the world.
He is also a multi-awarded chef and has worked for top hotel and resorts groups like the Oberoi Ressorts, Carlson Group, Tai Fort Aguada Hotel, Tai West End Hotel, and The Renaissance Kuala Lumpur.
They will be joined by other multi-awarded chefs from Asia and Europe.
The Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines are offering full-time and part-time (weekend) programs.
The full-time program includes a three-month certificate course in Pastry & Bakery, a six-month diploma course in Pastry & Bakery. Both programs will run for twelve weeks and graduates will receive an international certification from the City & Guild London.
The part-time weekend program will run for 12 weekends with a new topic to be covered each week.
“The program is cyclic, so that if you miss one, you can take it up later in the next cycle. This makes it very convenient for working people,” Chef Niklesh concluded.
Brace Yourself for a Festive Showcase
from Pastry Chef's of Academy of Pastry Arts Philippines
|Table Centerpiece made from Chocolate|
|Chocolate art at its finest|
|Made in Hard Candy|
|Sugar Art Table Centerpiece|
The Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines
4th Floor Metro House Bldg., Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.
For inquiries, contact 0917. 2039089 and 0947.7558979