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CEE Network’s first batch of graduates earn Pastry Chef Title
August 25, 2018, 3:11 pm

Twenty four students of Baking and Pastry graduated on 17 August from their two-month course earning their titles ‘Chef Patisserie’. The course offered by CEE Network and mentored academically by members of the Philippine Chefs Society in Kuwait has been going on every Friday morning at the Food Academy of a retail Hypermarket in Shuwaikh.

The first batch of graduates received their certificates with thirty hours attended paired with months of individual hands-on training. The first-month course ‘Basic Pastry and Baking’ offered basic techniques in four different modules providing the essential elements to successful baking. The hands-on course afforded lectures and manuals containing procedures, ingredients and information necessary for students to achieve and finish the course. The second-month course offered more techniques and different approaches to making cakes and pastries paired with lectures as well.

Master Trainers from PCS Kuwait were Mario Asuncion Head Pastry Chef of Le Notre for 22 years and earned his education in Scotland, Cris Ricafort, former Head Pastry chef of La Baguette and now with Royal Movenpick, Ricafort received his training in from le Foodist Paris and Joelyn Tambo-ong, a former professor of Culinary Art from St Paul’s University, Philippines. Other members of PCS were also present every Friday to provide mentorship to students in the class.

“We are indeed much honored to have been chosen by CEE Network to handle these classes, initially they were very challenging as we require ‘zero knowledge policy” in the class and proved successful as students were very receptive to information and applied successfully on their products.  Some have ventured to small businesses such as provision and supply of bread to their colleagues and friends, some have started promoting their Vlogs featuring food subjects and supply of cream to fondant cakes occasions as requested by friends. The class has earned a good repute from both foreign and local communities and we are proud to have been associated with CEE Network,” commented Antonio Santos, President of PCS Kuwait.

Graduates who finished the course belonged to the different jobs sectors in Kuwait among were architects, educators, nurses, engineers, cabin crew, fashion designer and retails, food and restaurant section, health assistants, managers and household service worker. “These classes did not look at which job sector you belong or your status, we have accomplished the course based on cooperation, support and assistance provided among each other and not to forget the elements of friendship and fun which made the course an event to look forward to at the end of the week,” stated Maryam Jayme, a nurse at the Ministry of Health.

On 7 September, a new course commences called ‘International Cuisine Culinary Course’, which will feature French, Italian, Japanese and Arabic cuisine and will offer four main courses per class including appetizer, soup, main course and dessert.

The Master Trainers course will feature Ron De Vera, Three times Horeca gold medalist on Japanese food. De Vera is also the Executive Chef of Washoku Restaurant, Alexander Estrellado from Al Shaya for French Cuisine, Philippine TV Celebrity Chef Aubrey Delmoro for Italian Cuisine and Antonio Santos for the Arabic dishes. Afternoon on Friday will also offer the second batch of Basic Pastry and Baking. For details, you may call Ricky Laxa, Project Manager CEE Network at 65879555 or email at
Ricky Laxa
Staff Writer







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