World-renowned Pastry Chefs Open Pastry and Bakery Academy in the Philippines

Do you love cooking? baking? or Perhaps you love to try out new things and something different to add to your already long list of talents and new skills? Maybe you like art or maybe you’re just like me a person who loves to eat ๐Ÿ™‚ . Who doesn’t right? Especially with such sumptuous, mouth watering delicacies presented in such an endearing and sophisticated way ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, fret not because the newest talk of the town is here to stay from the shores of India and Malaysia this new top pastry school arrives in our shores and will teach us how to make your cakes and oh so yummy treats not only delicious to taste and relish but also will teach you the art of turning it into a masterpiece.ย 


Master Chefs Niklesh Sharma and Chef Jean-Francois Arnaud
Master Chefs Niklesh Sharma and Chef Jean-Francois Arnaud

Here’s a quick briefer on what’s the fuss all about:

This 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. Chef Jean is also one of the judges for the World Food Expo (WOFEX) competition here in the country! ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome right? ๐Ÿ™‚

Chef Niklesh, the Academyโ€™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.

โ€œWe 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,โ€ he further said.

The training at the Academy, according to Chef Niklesh, prepares students to world class skills Manila has never seen before. โ€œWe 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,โ€ he said confidently.

Assorted Petit Four
Assorted Petit Four
Aprico Pate de Fruit
Aprico Pate de Fruit




We were first toured around the kitchen where the pastries were being made and prepared by their talented chefs. I of course snapped up some photos of these delectable treats since I wouldn’t pass up this chance.ย  Then a press conference followed suit wherein reporters, bloggers and media personnel all launched their tirade of questions to the well- renowned Chef’s.

They gamely answered all our questions and this got everyone in the room all excited to know more about this Internationally acclaimed institution however due to the time constraints we were directed to personally ask the questions later on to the chef’s since they were about to proceed with the ribbon cutting and inauguration of their new school.

After the blessing transpired we were all escorted to the dining hall wherein dinner was already served. ๐Ÿ™‚ Afterwards we were again free to roam around the place and snap up some photos of the dishes they creatively whipped up for us. Best part of the day was when we got to take home some of their lovely creations as well as taste it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am definitely excited about their new venue in the country and I know that this would really spark up the interest of many since Filipinos naturally are food lovers and are very creative as well with regards to their meal preparations and presentations.

This Bird is purely made from sweet sugary candy :)
This Bird is purely made from sweet sugary caramel candy ๐Ÿ™‚
Some of their Staff Chefs
Some of their Staff Chefs
Cheese from Germany topped on some biscuits :) This appetizer was such a treat since it balanced the plain taste of the biscuit with the flavor of the cheese
Cheese from Germany topped on some biscuits ๐Ÿ™‚ This appetizer was such a treat since it balanced the plain taste of the biscuit with the flavor of the cheese
Me and a collage of all the things I loved in their kitchen :)
Me and a collage of all the things I loved in their kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚
Resisting the temptation to snack on these before the event
Resisting the temptation to snack on these before the event




The Chefs behind the Academy

Chef Jean has been granted an Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF) or โ€œOne of the Best Craftsmen of Franceโ€ in 2000. The MOF by the French government as a recognition for oneโ€™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.

Courses Offered

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.

โ€œThe 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,โ€ Chef Niklesh concluded.

The Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines is located at the 4th Floor Metro House Bldg., Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City. For inquiries, contact 0917. 2039089 and 0947.7558979 or visit

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