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.
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.
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!
Inauguration of the extension of Natura Resort
Creations for the UNESCO conference held at Meridiem Angkor.
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.
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 !