At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy


Cooking is probably one of my favorite things to do in life – as made obvious by my instagram gallery of the dishes #shibertycooks. There’s something so incredibly special about filling up someone’s stomach not just with food, but with love. Providing food for someone has always been the most basic, yet one of the strongest ways to show your care and affection. Picking up cooking is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself, and the people around me! In this day and age, food is not just sustenance – food can be so good (or bad) that it evokes strong reactions and emotions in you. And that’s why its so powerful!

Last week, I made a trip down to the renowned culinary school, At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy to check out their campus during their open house, and was completely blown away by what I experienced and saw!

I’ve had a keen interest in cooking and baking for a few years now, but have never properly considered pursuing it academically until recent times. I’ve always relied on imagination, creativity and a little bit of intuition to guide me along when I cook and bake, but it doesn’t seem like a bad idea to learn proper techniques from the professionals!

It takes a special kind of person to excel in the F&B industry. This isn’t for everyone, and At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy’s rigorous pedagogy provides their students with an opportunity to progress towards a degree pathway and achieve a competitive headstart into the industry.

Since 2001, At-Sunrice has been endlessly cultivating global chefs and F&B professionals in an experiential environment of culinary authenticity, best-fit apprenticeships and innovation. The academy delivers skills and knowledge in the East & West, Old & New World, Herbs & Spices and Innovation and Technology. At-Sunrice’s 1-week Study and 2-week Work rotation enables students to expand their horizons beyond the classroom and better integrate as motivated professionals into the trade upon graduation.

At-Sunrice empowers their students to pursue more than just a career within a kitchen, encouraging them to venture into diverse career options such as research & development, entrepreneurship or to further their education. Having signed degree articulation agreements with renowned universities such as Johnson & Wales University (USA), University of West London (UK) and William Angliss Institute (Australia), At-Sunrice’s degree pathway programme is designed to stand apart with the right balance of academic studies, cultural exposure and work experience.

Seeing big bright smiles on the faces of students during their class as we were touring around the big campus!

I think I know why they might be smiling so much. Check out these amazing churros that they’d just made! I would be sporting huge grins everyday if school involved whipping up delicious pretty foods and then consuming them. I’d promise never to skip class again! I can’t imagine a boring day happening here.

It was beyond fascinating for me to be up close around industrial sized equipment and large scale kitchens – it’s like a dream come true! What I’d give to have access to all their state of the art machines and impressive supply of tools. I feel that cooking and baking are as much science as they are art. And with science, your apparatus is extremely important! Being in an upgraded environment like this would certainly allow me to expand my limits and explore new possibilities that I will not be able to achieve at home.

Several live cooking demos by their chefs and alumni were happening during the open house to give guests a first-hand experience of what it would be like to enroll in At-Sunrice! Since Christmas is just around the corner, they were preparing a delicious juicy turkey roast, showing you how to properly prepare and serve the bird to your party guests this festive season!

Mmm, turkey with cranberry sauce!

The open house was also a fantastic opportunity to meet and mingle with the chefs, asking them any burning question about cooking I may have in mind.

They are experienced individuals of diverse nationalities and backgrounds, but what they do have in common is their friendliness and professionalism, answering the various questions thrown at them with ease and confidence! I have to commend At-Sunrice for the positive and relaxed atmosphere despite being an academic campus, it was casual and warm, yet professional and enlightening. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. In an industry where it’s mostly fueled by interest and passion, keeping your spirits high and flame alive is absolutely crucial!

This demo was my favorite one of the day – Italian Macarons!

Even though I’ve been baking macarons for a while now, it was a great experience watching someone else demonstrate a different technique from what I’ve been doing. Their method is very thorough and careful, resulting in beautiful, almost perfect macarons. I picked up a couple of useful tips from them, which I’m all too happy about!

These beautiful freshly-piped macarons had the audience in Oooh’s and Ahh’s as they witnessed how they were made from scratch.

Did you know that the main ingredients of macarons are almond flour and egg whites? Hence the nutty meringue taste!

Since macarons are not meant to be eaten freshly baked and instead have to be stored at least one day in the fridge for best results, they handed out salted gula melaka macarons they’d made the day before, and it was DEEEELICIOUS.

One of the best I’ve ever tasted! I am so inspired to take up a class at At-Sunrice after my first bite. Chewy, smooth, full flavored without being overly sweet. My biggest problem with most store-bought macarons is how overbearingly sweet they are. The overload of sugar kills it for me. I like enjoying my desserts without worrying about suffering from diabetes.

Having a wide range of courses that specialize in both Western and Asian cuisines at At-Sunrice, this demo of a popular Thai noodle dish – Pad Thai, had us all salivating while the aroma from the wok wafted through the kitchen.

At-Sunrice has put in place a rigorous partner selection process to ensure that long-term relationships are built with partners who see themselves as co-developers of F&B talents for the industry, and are willing to invest in resources to train the students. In return, these partners also benefit from having additional skilled employees and an advantage in talent spotting for its recruitment pipeline.

If you’re thinking of pursuing your culinary interest and dreams, don’t hesitate any further.

At-Sunrice is the leading education provider for F&B education, with state-of-the-art facilities, diverse student and staff population, professional and experience faculty and established industry partners to ensure you make the most out of your potential. As someone who used to not be able to even cook maggie mee for myself, I believe that anyone can be a great cook, with a little faith, imagination and patience.

Head to their website, www.at-sunrice.com, or email recruitment@at-sunrice.com to get more information about their 2015 academic calendar.

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