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Bayon Pastry School Coffee shop celebrates its first anniversary!

After a well-deserved holiday for Khmer New Year, the team of the pastry school organized an event to celebrate the coffee shop first anniversary.

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On the morning of Sunday 24th of April, a party atmosphere prevailed at Bayon Pastry School Coffee shop. About thirty partners of the school (hotels who welcome our students for internships, business clients, suppliers and friends of the NGO) enjoyed a breakfast buffet to discover or rediscover our products.

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Romnea, who manages the coffee shop, and some students were mobilized to help us. They made an astounding work! It was a real management exercise for Romnea and an interesting role-playing for our pastry apprentices!

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Claire, our program director, took the floor to remind the origin of our project. Then, two partners spoke. Sopheap Doung, Human Resources Manager at Amansara hotel, highlighted the benefits for students about being immersed in big hotels for their internships and her satisfaction about Bayon Pastry School students. Afterwards, Antoine Lhomme, Food and Beverage Manager at Heritage hotel, explained why the establishment chose to be provided with bread and croissants from the school.

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Some posters tracing the pastry school’s story were exhibited in the garden. You can see them by clicking here.

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Finally, the anniversary party was the ideal opportunity to present a new pastry that has been created for our school by Samuel Potiron, pastry chef, at the request of Natan Foundation which supports our project. That pastry, called the “Natan”, is a mango mousse dome on a French shortbread. It was served in exclusivity and is now on the coffee shop menu.

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The Natan

A big thank you to the staff of the school and to the students for their involvement and to the guests for being by our sides for this special morning!

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, 26 April 2016

Congratulations Intake 1!

It’s over ! After 11 months of hard work, learning, internships and concentration, we are very proud to announce that all the students of Intake 1 have graduated! Even better, all the students have find a a job less than three weeks after the end of the training! A great joy for them, their families and for us! Education does change lives! Thank YOU for giving them this opportunity!

Final exam

After group 2 came back from their second internship, the students had some time to review all their lessons before the final exams, which included:

 

▶ Pastry practice exam: the students had 3 hours to prepare a pastry recipe and a bakery recipe. The recipes were defined by a lucky draw. The students were judged by the Executive Chefs and Pastry Chefs of Siem Reap’s biggest hotels and pastry shops.

▶ Theory exams : pastry theory, English, accounting, IT, the different subjects studied during the year were concerned, as well as a job interview in English, conducted by the  General Manager of Héritage Suite Hotel and the Training Manager of Sofitel.

▶ A « behavior » grade based on the student’s attitude throughout the year: school life, motivation and commitment.

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Graduation ceremony

An evening filled with emotion, organized to honor the students, in the presence of their families, their NGO, their tutors as well as the teachers and staff of Bayon School, and to celebrate the success of this first intake!

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The first job

This is the most important objective of our project: that ALL the students find a job after their training. Mission accomplished, less than three weeks after the end of the training!

The young women will now be able to live an independent life, while supporting their families, with an average salary of 120$/month, which is way higher than the average. But mostly, they will have the opportunity to evolve in a growing sector in Cambodia, with the promise of a beautiful career.

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Sokha et Cola ont décroché leur premier emploi !

The success of the first intake proved us the sustainability and positive impact of this project in the lives of these young women and their families.

And it’s THANK TO YOU!! Thank you again for your trust and your support.

But this is only the beginning! A new intake of 18 girls coming from very poor backgrounds and often remote provinces of Cambodia will start their training in a few days.

AND…. WE NEED YOU ! 

Continue to support our project and make a real difference in the lives of these young women! We count on you!

, 31 August 2015

Evolution of the Pastry School project

The students began their last class period before the final exam and the diploma. Over the weeks, we have observed their evolution with great joy: progress in pastry and English of course, but mainly curiosity, autonomy, and what they were missing most, self-confidence. We are therefore getting closer to our final objective: providing them with professional skills, obviously, but also helping them becoming strong and independent women.

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The students now have a good level of pastry: different creams and dough, pies, cakes, bakeries, breads, mousses, sorbets, ice creams… hold no secrets for them anymore! Of course, they still need to learn a lot and mostly gain experience, a lot of experience before becoming eligible for a pastry Chef position. But in a few weeks, they will be ready for their new life as young professional pastry cooks. In the past few weeks, the students have had the chance to learn, one afternoon a week, a new recipe with Scottish Chef Steven Halcrow. Steven was, among his many experiences, Chef de Partie in a Michelin- starred restaurant in Scotland. The students are very lucky to have the opportunity to learn and cook by his side.

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Events

The selling of cakes has started in December and has a certain success. In addition to direct sales, several companies have asked us to participate in events by providing cakes or even by running an information booth to raise awareness about our project. A perfect occasion for the girls to practice their English!

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Inauguration of the extension of Natura Resort

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Creations for the UNESCO conference held at Meridiem Angkor.

Coffee Shop

Located within the Pastry School and opened onto our beautiful garden, The Bayon Pastry School Coffee Shop opened its doors at the beginning of March. Offering a real haven of peace in the center of Siem Reap, the visitors can enjoy the pastries prepared by the students, as well as hot and iced coffees, teas, smoothies, frappes and soft drinks. Beyond the objective of self-financing the School, the Coffee Shop is also a training area for the students: service, customer relation, English.

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Complementary classes

As the English classes continue daily, and after computer and mathematic classes, the students now attend introduction to accounting and personal development classes. Introduction to accounting aims to enable the girls to make a simple budget (income and expenses), determine food costs and a reasonable selling price. The personal development class offers them the possibility to practice interviews, writing cover letters and CVs. Next step for the students: the final exam in July!

And don’t forget to « like » the Coffee Shop Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bayonpastryschool !

, 5 May 2015

Clio visits us to help the coffee shop !

 

During April , we welcomed Clio to help the coffee shop on marketing and sales subjects. Clio is doing a one year worldtour : every month she stops in a new country to take part and discover a project . April was the month of Bayon Pastry school ! You can visit her website to discover her engaged worldtour : 1month1project.com After the oppenning of the coffee shop, at the end of march , it’s now the time to work on the notoriety to welcome tourists and expats in our garden. Clio, who was marketing manager for Danone, worked on a annual action plan to develop the coffee shop. She also studied new business opportunities to sale our cakes . We try to diversify the distribution and be present everywhere. We have already loyal customers to enjoy our delicious cakes. However the competition is very hard in Siem Reap , we have to develop a strong communication plan to attract tourists ! We wish Clio good luck for her next aventures ! Clio_1Month1Project

, 4 May 2015