Bar Opening for upcoming F&B Trainings at the ACAC!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Pernod Ricard Cambodge, a convivial, responsible, and successful global wine and spirits group, the Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia is celebrating the opening of its brand-new bar introducing an extension of the current curriculum activities with a new range of trainings in beverages, mixology, and service!

Thursday, 13 October 2022, Pernod Ricard Cambodge and the Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia were celebrating their partnership with a “let’s talk whisky” kickoff event, the opening for the upcoming “let’s talk alcohol” series of F&B trainings. Over 45 selected high-profile guests, among them, royal family members and leaders from the private sector, joined this networking evening for a whisky-tasting and food-pairing experience at the Academy’s new bar.

To start off the evening, the guests were welcomed with a light and refreshing Chivas Highball, one of the oldest Scotch whisky classics which came about in the 19th century when carbonated water became more readily available.

In his welcoming remark Bruno Cardone, Dean at the Academy, announced “We are very excited about the partnership between Pernod Ricard Cambodge and the Academy, and of course, the opening of our brand-new bar which will serve as an excellent venue for our upcoming F&B courses as there is an entire world in beverage knowledge, complementing the culinary sector”.

The event took its course in a relaxed atmosphere and the whisky-based cocktails prepared by professional bartenders were enriched by carefully crafted dishes set up by the ACAC chefs and students.

While the guest enjoyed the event Daren Ong, Managing Director at Pernod Ricard Cambodge, explained that this evening just marked the beginning of a long-term relationship between Pernod Ricard Cambodge and the ACAC, “Our let’s talk alcohol” training series for everyone above the age of 18 with an interest in F&B is one of the highlights this partnership brings with”.

Scotsman Iain Thompson, Beverage Expert and Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador for Pernod Ricard Cambodge, praised the selection of menu items served during the event and elaborated on the upcoming trainings, “Trainees on this course will be provided with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to begin their journey into the world of alcohol, focusing on Scotch Whisky. Working with the talented team at the ACAC, we want to highlight how versatile Scotch Whisky is and show the possibility of designing creative food pairings. Pairing whisky with food in a harmonious manner is a matter of contrasting and complementing flavors. The challenge in coupling the food and the beverage items is not to overwhelm either, but to enhance both”.

The kickoff event reached its end with joyful visitors and organizers and can clearly be considered a success as the feedback provided by the guests showed a clear interest in future training courses focusing on service, bartending, mixology, and general beverage knowledge.

F&B Terminology


Mixology is often understood as a scientific variety of bartending. It is defined as the art and study of preparing and inventing mixed drinks, the so-called cocktails. It is the in-depth study of the craft of mixing drinks. Mixology aims to develop new drinks and techniques, study the history of the bar and to further develop the discipline. Contrary to the bartender, mixologists rarely or never work behind the bar and serve guests.


Bartenders work directly with customers by mixing and serving drink orders. Their responsibilities include verifying age requirements, knowing alcohol pairing and tastes, knowing how to make traditional and classy drinks, processing payments, managing inventory and cleaning bar supplies.


From the tea ceremony in Japan to the guest-host relationship in ancient Greece, service and hospitality have a long history in different cultures.

They have shown us how much we rely on the generosity of other people and the communities we form. Service can therefore be defined as “the action of doing something for someone” with a focus on creating a memorable experience for guests. Good service is one of the most essential aspects of the hospitality and F&B industry.

Our First Upcoming F&B Training

Spend an evening “immersed” in the world of Scotch whisky and gain your “Certificate of Expertise”

In our upcoming “let’s talk whisky” training you will learn more about the History of Scotch Whisky, Whisky production, Whisky Regions of Scotland and Flavour Profiles, Whisky Tasting & Food Pairing and Responsible Service Principles.

27 October 2022 (Thursday)
$35.00 per Person
Register now: +855 11 767 136

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