NOW OPEN: Academy of Pastry & Bakery Arts Philippines

10:36:00 AM

5th of August, 2015 - The Academy of Pastry & Bakery Arts opened it's doors in Makati City. A Philippine branch of the region's top pastry school led by the world-renowned pastry Chef Jean-Francois Louis Arnaud together with a group of international chefs. 

The educational institution 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, Chef Jean is one of the judges for the World Food Expo 2015 (WOFEX) competition happening in the country.

 To the new generation who fell in love with the pastry side of Culinary Arts, especially Filipinos will not be compelled to go to Europe or the USA to undergo extensive training where programs can be very expensive, same shared by Chef Niklesh.

Chef Niklesh is the former Executive Pastry Chef of The Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel. 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.

“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.

Get to know Chef Jean!

- He has been granted an Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF) or "One of the Best Craftsmen of France" in 2000
- Worked in Michelin-starred restaurants and hotels and won numerous awards in artistic pastry, chocolate showpieces and sugar arts competitions
- His recipes have appeared in Thuries Gastronomie Magazine; participated in salon de chocolate - created chocolate dresses for fashion shows
- Chef Jean has also served as Technical Director of the Ecole Nationale Superieure dela Patisserie (ENSP), which is recognized as the best pastry school in France
- Came to Malaysia in 2009, served as international consultant for brands like Fonterra, Haagen-Dazs, Club Med group and the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia.


The Academy are offering full-time and part-time (weekend) programs. 

FULL-TIME includes a three-month certificate course and a six-month diploma course in Pastry & Bakery; Both programs will run for (12) weeks and graduates will get an international certification from City & Guild London. 

PART-TIME weekend program will run for 12 weekends with a new topic to be covered each week.

  The Academy of Pastry & Bakery Arts Philippines is located at the 4th Floor Metro House Bldg., Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City. For inquiries, contact +639172039089 and +639477558979 or visit

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