What was the requirements for the selection for CAA students?
Here are the criteria that you must submit before studying in Culinary Arts Academy.
- High-school diploma or equivalent
- English language proficiency of TOEFL 500 or IELTS 5.0 or OOPT 50+ or equivalent
- Recommended minimum age of 18 years*
Why were you picked to study in the academy?
This country is well known for the tradition of first-class service combined with the art of international cuisines.
I choose to study here because that suits my needs; consider the Swiss Higher Diploma that acquire solid culinary knowledge and skills. For aspiring chefs, managers and entrepreneurs, the more in-depth Bachelor degree will help fast track your career options.
How did you find out about your acceptance and why did you apply to the school?
I wasn't expecting that I will receive any of this. I was checking my mail one day and its says that I was accepted to the academy.
I declined 2 job offers, at a bar and restaurant after I was accepted to the academy. Rejecting these opportunities was easy — not because I had better things lined up, but because I am still young and hopeful. I feel this degree would be the perfect stepping-stone to my future career as a Pastry chef.
Do you already have a career in pastry-making, i.e., have you been paid for your work?
My journey as a baker / pastry chef started at Värnhemskolan in Malmö, Sweden where I studied with great teachers and inspirer that developed my interest and skills in the profession.
For close friends, yes.
What I love the most about pastry is the whole process of baking from how everything is precise and exact to the way everything mixes together to create something wonderful and delicious. I also love to share and enjoy the skills i have to make people feel special that I created something just for them. I love working with my hands and seeing that what came out of the oven is a labor of love and part of the creative process.
Since when have you wanted to pursue this career?
From a very young age I already had a passion for cooking and baking. I've always been someone who was interested in food. My first experience in baking was when we had home economics subject. I remember that day when the whole class baked gingerbread. When I was 14 I bought my first baking book and started baking at home.But I was somehow never allowed to bake properly until the age of 13. My mother always said that someone must be home to help me or I'll burn the house down.
What's your end goal?
Today I am 19 years old and in five years I'm 24. I see myself working in this profession and already succeeded. There is a tendency that I will keep on working as a Pastry chef than a baker. I really do not know, but time will tell what will happen regarding that stuff. Right now I am still working on it and I want to take advantage of all the possibilities and opportunites that will come. I like the excitement that the days are giving me. But who knows, I might have earned enough money to open a bakery or a café one day.