Student Life

Being part of the ACAC community means being part of a worldwide community of chefs and hospitality professionals

At the ACAC we seek to promote active learning both inside and outside the classroom with an emphasis on building friendships and having fun. We strive to enhance our student’s educational experience by conducting diverse social, cultural and leadership development activities.



“The study field trips we did were definitely some of the highlights during my studies. While it was an effective opportunity to enhance our knowledge and skills in a new environment it was also a great moment to bond with classmates and increase the team spirits”.

SAMBATH Sakada, Cambodia, Class of 2017


“While I did face challenges during my internships, I had an incredible experience. I proved to myself that I can be self-sufficient, live and work using another language, and adapt to life in a different country. I have a new confidence to strive for the things I wish to do”.

SAMBATH Vyvann, Cambodia, Class of 2018

Teaching and learning experiences that take place outside of the confines of the classroom walls have a range of benefits for both students and instructors. When students are asked to put into practice “in the real world” what they have theorized about from behind a desk, the result is a student-centric learning experience that enhances learning and fosters personal and social development.

Students who engage in learning experiences outside of the classroom report having higher levels of motivation, recall the course material more vividly and have improved academic performance in the class.
At the ACAC, students are exposed to team building activities, study field trips to learn more about local products and production and internships in Cambodia and abroad.

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Ready for a city trip to learn more about Dubai’s hidden spots
During the cheese workshop, students are getting introduced to the fundaments of cheese-making
Mondulkiri camping experience in the green, getting ready for a cool night in the hills
Going tribal and learning more about the Bunong people, a hill tribe in Mondulkiri
Joy is part of the internship experience at the Topaz in Phnom Penh
La Plantation is a social and sustainable family project, the perfect combination of traditional farming and modern processing
Experiencing snow during wintertime in Kyoto
Study trip to Gate Gourmet learning about the food production for airlines
Experiencing high-end hospitality at the luxury private Island Song Saa
Passing by the Sagrada Familia, a large unfinished minor basilica, on the way to work
During the live cooking workshop, students learn how to freshly prepare a dish in front of the guest’s eye
First day of the internship at the Rizt-Carlton Hotel in Kyoto
Taking pictures with Paris’ most famous symbol, the 324-meter-high Eiffel Tower
Enjoying French cuisine on a day off during the internship at Michelin Star restaurant Tetedoie
Students are learning about the cheese-making process during the workshop
Sightseeing and exploring the modern city center of Dubai
Cooling off at one of the plenty waterfalls during the student trip to Mondulkiri
Visiting the local fish market at the port in Barcelona
Walking on the beach after a working day with the W Hotel on the back at the end of the beach
Strolling the old town of Lucerne during a day off
Students enjoying a boat ride on the beautiful lake Lucerne
Wearing a Kimono, a symbol of longevity and good fortune
Training the palate and taste buds in order to successfully match food and wine
On a discovery tour to learn more about French architecture, culture and of course, cuisine
Sightseeing city tour in Lucerne, posing with the wooden Chapel Bridge in the background
Gate Gourmet is the leading independent provider of airline catering and provisioning services
Khmer meets Thai. ACAC student with his local kitchen team members
Students learning the Japanese art of Origami, a tradition from ancient times
Dune Buggy ride in the desert outside Dubai
Internship at the Iza Japanese Restaurant, Rosewood, the city’s highest restaurant with magnificent Mekong River views
Work with view during the internship at Jumeirah Creek
Hands-on training during the cheese-making workshop creating own fresh cheese
Internship at the luxury Grand Hyatt Erawan in the buzzing heart of Bangkok
Peppercorn is a slow-growing, woody perennial flowering vine that takes about four years to reach blooming and fruiting size
Training and developing the sense of wine creating a common language to help describe and understand wine
Students delving into the complex world of wine and food pairings during the wine pairing workshop
Touring through the Gate Gourmet food production facilities to understand processes as HACCP application
Student during internship is meeting alumna working at the Hyatt Regency, Phnom Penh
Internship at the Arts Hotel in Barcelona, getting nice notes from the team
Enjoying the ride in a colourful Thai style tuktuk
Learning haute cuisine with French Michelin Star Chef Philippe Girardon
Khmer and Swiss students enjoying evening event at SHL
Through live cooking the guests have the unique opportunity to peer over the shoulders of a chef; the live station represents a small event within the event for them
Students participating in the Emirates culinary competition
Students are training their life cooking skills with their classmates during the workshop
Weekend trip to Madrid, visiting El Retiro Park during a foggy winter afternoon
Bangkok has an uncountable number of sightseeing spaces, like the Reclining Buddha, known as Wat Pho
Visiting the salt fields in Cambodia’s province Kampot
5-Star luxury hotel Grand Hyatt Erawan in Bangkok’s downtown
Farmer explaining students the difference between the various types of peppercorns
Parc Güell, a magical park with amazing buildings, sculptures, and tile work designed by artist Gaudí
Student on the Terrace of SHL overviewing the snowy Swiss mountains
On the way to Kampot’s famous plantations to learn more about one of the best quality peppers in the world
Cooking activities with the Japanese chef at the Ritz-Carlton
Posing with the famous Burj al Arab, one of the most photographed symbols in the world
Internship at the Park Hyatt in the famous cultural city and tourist hot spot Siem Reap
Wat Arun, a Buddhist temple in Bangkok located at the Chao Phraya River
Bonjour! Looking like a French in the old town of Lyon
One of Kyoto's most popular attractions, the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Alumnus and interns create a new dish at the high-end restaurant Triple L Fine Dining, Phnom Penh
Getting ready to cook lunch with the SHL students during the internship in Lucerne
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