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Student Corner – Prasit Chakhana’s journey to become a chef

By Seangnay Kheang​​ | on Tuesday 7 November 2017​

Every student who comes to ACAC has a different story. We are very pleased to feature our first Student Corner Profile – Prasit Chakhana! This is her journey to become a chef. Prasit Chakhana’s Story: The Journey to Become a Chef I am Prasit Chakhana. My passion for cooking began when I realized that I could […]

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ACAC at National Career Fair

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Monday 30 October 2017​

The Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia was at the National Career Fair on October 27-28 at Koh Pich. Around 100 companies joined the fair and roughly 2000 visitors participated. The ACAC booth had lots of traffic and plenty of potential students interested in a career in the culinary arts! For more photos, visit our Facebook […]

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Cambodia Tourism Federation hosts networking event at ACAC

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Friday 20 October 2017​

The Cambodia Tourism Federation (CTF) hosted a networking event at ACAC this week. Approximately 60 guests from various hotels, entertainment and food and beverage companies attended the cocktail reception. Throughout the event, the CTF’s new executive committee was announced. ACAC students were involved preparing for the event and in serving guests.         To view […]

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EIF visit to ACAC a great success

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Friday 20 October 2017​

EIF Delegation Visits ACAC A delegation from the WTO’s Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) visited the Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia on October 13, 2017, as part of a two-day workshop with Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce to examine the effectiveness of its Cambodia Export Diversification and Expansion Programme II (CEDEP II). The CEDEP II programme was designed to […]

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Bayer hosts team building event at ACAC

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Friday 20 October 2017​

  On October 16, 2017, ACAC was honoured to be the host for Bayer Health Care Company’s team building event.  Throughout the afternoon, Bayer staff were involved in a Bread and Pasta competition in the ACAC kitchen, including a demo by ACAC chef. There were also announcements, prizes for staff, and a meal. View the full […]

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ACAC participates in 2017 Tourism Career Fair

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Tuesday 17 October 2017​

The Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia participated in the 2017 Tourism Career Fair on October 14 and 15. The fair, held at Koh Pich (Diamond Island) was an opportunity for universities to present their programmes to the dozens of students in attendance. The ACAC was happy to provide information about the 2-year Diploma Programme and our internationally-recognized curriculum.  

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ACAC Chef Faculty, Martin Try, Cooks with Class

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Thursday 12 October 2017​

ACAC’s chef faculty, Martin Try, is featured in the Southeast Asia Globe magazine this month. Full story available in the print magazine.

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ACAC Students’ First Day of Class

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Tuesday 10 October 2017​

It was the first day of class for ACAC students. They’ve learned how to wear their uniforms, been welcomed by ACAC Dean, and gotten started in the kitchen. Here is a little tour of the first days of classes! Everyone is happy because it was their first day of classes. Students stayed from the morning […]

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New ACAC students begin culinary education 

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Thursday 28 September 2017​

ACAC’s newest cohort have taken the first steps in their culinary education. During Induction Week, students were oriented to the ACAC and chef faculty. This term, 51 students, 29 women and 22 men, are studying at ACAC.

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Brown rice vs white rice: A comparison

By Seangnay Kheang​​ | on Saturday 2 September 2017​

Rice is a very important part of meals for people in Asia, and especially in Southeast Asia. There are two main types of rice: brown rice and white rice.  These two types are often compared to each other in terms of their nutritional value. Brown rice vs white rice— which one is the best? It […]

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ACAC students learn sustainable business practices from Sela Pepper

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Tuesday 15 August 2017​

On August 12, ACAC students went on a study trip to Tbong Khmum Province to visit the Sela Pepper farm to learn about sustainable business practices, environmental impact and the details of running a successful agribusiness from a leading Cambodian company. Based on the global demand for high quality pepper with guaranteed microbiological cleanliness, Sela Pepper was […]

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Culinary herbs make a healthy life: introducing Basil

By Seangnay Kheang​​ | on Wednesday 9 August 2017​

Healthy herbs have long held an important place in our holistic well-being. Prized since ancient times, and even today, we depend on them more than ever to purify our body, mind, and soul. According to Wikipedia , herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, and in some cases, spiritual. The term “herb” differs between […]

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300 guests join ACAC’s Open Day Event

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Wednesday 19 July 2017​

On July 15, more than 300 people came together at the Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia for the Open Day event. Thank you to everyone who joined! Igniting passion for hospitality The day was full of fun activities, tours of the facility and opportunities for visitors to talk with current students and staff. People who had […]

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Free ACAC Open House Event

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Thursday 6 July 2017​

On Saturday, July 15, we are hosting a FREE Open House Event! Come and check out the ACAC! Join us for a full day event with fun-filled entertainment. They’ll be lots of opportunities to check out whether the ACAC is the right fit for you. Some of the activities include making your own pizza and a cupcake […]

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How to avoid burnout as a chef – ACAC faculty share their secrets

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Thursday 6 July 2017​

For the professional chef, their career and livelihood rely on a steady stream of creativity. Not only are chefs responsible for keeping up with the latest trends and delivering fresh new food ideas, they also manage a fast-paced kitchen. We spoke with the ACAC’s chef faculty to find out how they avoid burnout as a […]

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Pizza Master Visits ACAC

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Friday 23 June 2017​

Mr. Antonio Pepe, freestyle pizza maker and champion all the way from Naples, Italy, was the ACAC’s special guest! He’s a master at creating pizzas and taught ACAC students how to craft them to perfection.            Want to see Antonio “freestyling” with dough? Here is he is at Il Forno in Phnom […]

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Five steps to food safety

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Friday 23 June 2017​

Food safety is important for general health and wellness. At the ACAC, we take food safety very seriously. Want to make sure you are cooking safely? Follow these five steps:

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Chef Spotlight – Ngeth Roues

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Friday 16 June 2017​

Ngeth Roues’ story began in the calm and quiet riverside community of Kampot, Cambodia, where he trained as an electrician. But after graduating from college, he knew that he had to follow his true passion: bakery and pastry. He followed his heart and moved to Paris, France where he studied bakery and pastry at the […]

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6 reasons you should study at the ACAC

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Thursday 15 June 2017​

From expert faculty and internationally-recognized curriculum to excellent internships and hands-on learning options, the ACAC has something for everyone. These are our top six reasons for studying with us. 6 reasons you should study at the ACAC 1. Hands on learning. Did you know that on the first day of classes, the ACAC’s very first […]

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Sweets Cleanse – Part 5 #foodfadstofollow

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Tuesday 13 June 2017​

Low sugar diets and sugar cleanses are all the rage these days. Eating programs like the Whole 30 and the Blood Sugar Diet are just a couple of examples of widespread interest in cutting back on dietary sugar. Why bother with a sweets cleanse? We outline everything you need to know in Part 5 of our […]

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CTN TV uses ACAC facility for MasterChef Cambodia trailer

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Thursday 8 June 2017​

The ACAC was very pleased to offer its facilities for CTN TV’s MasterChef Cambodia trailer. Become a famous chef too and join the ACAC in September! http://acac.edu.kh/study/program/

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Chef Spotlight – Jean-Marc Martin

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Friday 2 June 2017​

Chef Spotlight – Jean-Marc Martin brings two decades of experience to ACAC Swiss chef Jean-Marc Martin’s hospitality career began with an apprenticeship. That was in 1966. Mr. Martin then pursued formal education in the culinary arts. In 1999, he graduated with a CAP Cuisine (Certificat D’Aptitude Professionnelle) in Switzerland. A Five-Star Career After graduation, Mr. Martin’s […]

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What are the Michelin stars and why are they important?

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Friday 26 May 2017​

What are the Michelin Stars? You may have heard of them before: A restaurant ranked with a certain number of Michelin stars, or chefs who have worked at Michelin star restaurants. In fact, one of the ACAC’s own faculty, Chef Kittiya Janthamkham, has worked with 3-Michelin starred chef, Arnaud Donckelle, the youngest person to ever receive the honour. In […]

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Chef Spotlight – Kittiya Janthamkham

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Wednesday 24 May 2017​

Chef Spotlight – Kittiya Janthakham brings Thai/Swiss heritage and experience to ACAC Kittiya Janthakham is a Thai/Swiss chef. She started her career in culinary arts with an apprenticeship in one of the most famous 5-star hotels in Switzerland, the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz. After successfully gaining her diploma, Chef Janthakham started working in a traditional […]

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Chef Spotlight – Kim Matang

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Wednesday 24 May 2017​

ACAC Chef Spotlight Chef Spotlight: Cambodia-born and raised, chef Kim Matang is taking his culinary skill and expertise and training a new generation of Cambodian youth. “No one is born a great cook. One learns by doing.” – Chef Matang Cambodian Chef, Kim Matang, has 15 years of experience in the culinary arts. His career […]

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Scholarship Fund to Honour Daughter’s Memory

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Sunday 7 May 2017​

Four years ago, on May 7, 2013, the world lost a bright, shining light. At the early age of 23, Naomi Laura Tami passed away suddenly due to complications from a congenital heart defect. Today, the Tami family has established the Naomi Tami Scholarship Memorial Fund to honour her memory. It is a living legacy […]

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Chef Spotlight – Martin Try

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Thursday 4 May 2017​

Martin Try is a passionate Cambodian chef with more than 25 years experience in the hospitality and culinary sector! After living in Cambodia and France, Mr. Try moved to the United States where he worked at “La Bergerie”, a San Francisco restaurant. He started with basic cooking knowledge, but quickly developed his skills and grew […]

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ACAC students prepare lunch for VIP NEA visit on first day of school

By Seangnay Kheang​​ | on Wednesday 5 April 2017​

The Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia hosted a business lunch event for the very much appreciated members of the NEA (National Employment Agency). The goal of the event was to introduce the academy to Mr. Hay Hunleng – Deputy Director General of the NEA – and his colleagues in order to discuss possible future synergies. […]

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How do you make the perfect steak?

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Thursday 16 March 2017​

Recently, six participants learned how to cut, season, cook and present the perfect steak when the ACAC hosted its “Perfect Steak” course. On the first day of the two-day workshop, students learned how to determine the quality of meat, the value of aged meats, how to cook meat at an appropriate temperature and how to […]

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Top Careers in Hospitality and Tourism

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Thursday 16 March 2017​

Not only are the skills learned at the Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia applicable to the culinary world, they transfer to the entire hospitality and tourism industry. This opens a world of opportunity to graduates from the ACAC. The hospitality and tourism sectors employ 1/10 people on the planet. And the numbers just keep growing. Here […]

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Recipe: Orange Sauce

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Thursday 16 March 2017​

This delicious sauce was just one of the recipes participants learned during the ACAC’s “Perfect Steak” course.

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How will tourism and travel trends impact Cambodia in 2017?

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Thursday 2 March 2017​

Every year the international travel, tourism and hospitality sector grows. How does this impact Cambodia? Let’s take a look. Southeast Asia is hot and the Greater Mekong Subregion leads the pack Travel in and around Asia hit a fever pitch in 2016. While Southeast Asia has attracted travellers for decades, the region still boasts plenty of […]

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Bring on the bowl – Part 4 #foodfadstofollow

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Wednesday 15 February 2017​

The ‘Buddha Bowl’ (#buddhabowl) has taken Instagram by storm with over 60,000 posts. A photo posted by Jessॐ | Montreal (@choosingchia) on Feb 9, 2017 at 6:05am PST But there is more to the Buddha bowl than foodie pics and social media fanfare. Not only are they a beautiful explosion of colour, Buddha bowls are packed […]

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Crème Caramel

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Saturday 11 February 2017​

Recipe Name: Crème Caramel Category: Dessert Servings: 10 Ingredients Milk – 1 litre Vanilla bean – 1 stick Sugar – 120 grams for the centre; 200 grams for the caramel Whole Eggs – 400 grams Egg yolk – 100 grams Preparation: Pre-heat the oven to 140◦ C Prepare 10 ramequin molds and 1 deep sheet […]

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Baklava

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Saturday 11 February 2017​

This delicious pastry is characteristic to cuisines of the Mediterranean, the Levant, the Balkans, Central and West Asia and the Caucasus region. It is rich and sweet made of layers of phyllo pastry, nuts, and syrup. We hope you enjoy! Recipe name: Baklava Category: Dessert Serves: 10 Ingredients Baklava: Phyllo dough – 24 sheets Pistachios – […]

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ACAC Open Event Draws Crowds

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Tuesday 7 February 2017​

A big thank you to all the visitors who participated in our open day event last Saturday. Sorn Seavmey, Cambodia’s famous Olympic medalist in tae kwon do, was the special guest speaker and made the event exceptional. Sorn Seavmey shared about success in life and the importance of healthy food. Approximately 150 guests – many students […]

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Slow Food: #foodfadstofollow part 3

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Wednesday 1 February 2017​

What is Slow Food? The concept of ‘slow food’ started in the 1980’s by an Italian, Carlo Petrini, as a direct response to the rising popularity of ‘fast food’. The goal was to defend regional food traditions and to preserve gastronomic pleasure and a slower pace of life. Thirty years later, what began as a […]

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Fat is back: #foodfadstofollow part 2

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Friday 27 January 2017​

For the first time in 35 years, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans has lifted the upper limit on how much fat Americans should consume. After a three-decade long “low fat craze” in North America, this may come as a surprise. But research continues to demonstrate that dietary fat is integral to a healthy diet. The […]

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ACAC Networking event builds important relationships

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Thursday 22 December 2016​

On December 20th, the ACAC marketing team along with ACAC Dean, Markus Kalberer, ACAC chef, Matang and Shift360 CEO Pierre Tami, hosted a cocktail reception for industry leaders in Phnom Penh. The goal of the event was to introduce the Academy’s new up-skilling training program and build connections with the hospitality sector in the city. […]

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ACAC restaurant gains strong reputation

By Kunthea Kong​​ | on Monday 12 December 2016​

The ACAC professional kitchen and barista bar were completed only a few weeks ago but are already gaining a strong reputation.

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The Top Four Reasons to Choose Vocational Education in Cambodia

By Kunthea Kong​​ | on Thursday 8 December 2016​

“If it was me, I would choose to study technical skills—skills for fixing agricultural machinery and small-scale transportation channels…Why? Because we need technical skills…

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Lucky Draw Winner CamFood

By Kunthea Kong​​ | on Thursday 8 December 2016​

We have winners for the ACAC CamFood Lucky Draw! Frankie Yee Leang Sokhleang Pat Jury All three winners have won the chance to attend a one-day cooking class for free.    

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ACAC supports Public-Private Collaboration for Quality Education

By Kunthea Kong​​ | on Thursday 8 December 2016​

Last week the Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia (ACAC) participated in the Public and Private Collaboration for Quality Education forum held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh.

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CamFood 2016

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Tuesday 18 October 2016​

The 5th annual CamFood expo is on this week – October 20-22. Come find us and see the newest happenings in Cambodia’s food and beverage industry.    

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Black is the new green – #foodfadstofollow Part 1

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Wednesday 12 October 2016​

Black is the new green. Black may not be the first colour that springs to mind when one thinks about food, but the hue that used to be associated only with espresso and cocoa has

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Exploring global food and beverage trends – #foodfadstofollow

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Wednesday 12 October 2016​

Pursuing Excellence At the Academy of Culinary Arts, we take our mission and vision seriously. We aim to deliver the best culinary training possible. How do we do it?

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Three food trends that could change the world

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Tuesday 4 October 2016​

When it comes to food and nutrition around the world the figures can seem bleak. Global population is expected to hit nine billion by 2050. And right as we speak, 10 per cent of the world’s population is undernourished.

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Why hospitality is the place to be

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Wednesday 14 September 2016​

“The hospitality industry presents diverse career opportunities, and your prospects for a management position are excellent. Not only can you benefit from industry turnover, but most hotel chains have long-term expansion plans.

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Job Announcements

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Friday 9 September 2016​

The Academy of Culinary Arts-Cambodia and Shift 360 are actively recruiting five new positions for the ACAC: Administration and HR Officer Culinary Instructor Pastry Instructor Facility Maintenance

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Raising the bar of excellence in hospitality – Partner Profile

By Amie Gosselin​​ | on Tuesday 6 September 2016​

For over 100 years, Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern (SHL) has been raising the bar of excellence in the hospitality industry. Humble Beginnings SHL’s story began in 1886 when a group of individuals concerned about professional education for hotel employees

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