What it's like to take Cooking Class at The Academy of Baking and Pastry Arts
This private school is creating love for food in the Caribbean and beyond
The Baking Academy’s array of lessons ranging from avant-garde desserts to the best chocolate cake all the way to delicious pastas and hot pots are taught by some of the best chefs in the country. Whatever technique or recipe you’d like to learn, or perfect, is sure to be available at Trinidad’s The Academy of Baking and Pastry Arts. The Academy’s love affair with food and its commitment to producing well-rounded, talented chefs is unlike any other on the island. This is evident in the numerous testimonials from grateful students. One student completed her mandatory internship at one Michelin-star restaurant, Cap d’Antibes in the south of France.
In any of their workshops or classes you can find students from Antigua, the Philippines and all around the world. High-quality classes, brilliant chefs and state-of-the-art facilities—there's no better place in Trinidad to master the baking and pastry arts. Plus, they make attending these programs easier on your pocket with payment plans available for all professional programs. With radiant reviews like this, Trinidad and Tobago won’t be short of top-notch chefs anytime soon. Here are our few favourites that’ll inspire you sign up for a class right after reading this article.
"Amazing facilities! This is perfect for my budding 10-year old chef/cake decorator! She loves it there. The staff are attentive and friendly and the handouts are detailed and easy to follow." —Christa M.
"My 9-year old and almost-7-year-old did the four day summer camp- passport around the world. My kids totally enjoyed the experience. They were excited to go each day. Every member of the staff, including chef and all the Aunties, were warm, accommodating and very child-friendly. I was also very impressed with the facility and found it to be professional and first class. And the best part was the kids coming home everyday with the most delicious treats! The chicken puff, fried chicken, apple pie and homemade vanilla ice cream were just hits among some other exciting goodies!!! I am so happy my kids got the opportunity to experience this wonderful art you offered!" —Selene M.
Team Building Private Cooking Party
"I visited as part of my company's year end/team building event and it was fantastic...even for someone who has never cooked in their life. There was music, drinking, light-hearted conversations and the chefs were patient (even when I accidentally threw down a dish of melted butter) and funny. It is different from the run of the mill company activities and I thoroughly enjoyed myself." —Vj M.
7 Week Baking
Learn how to bake some of the most complex breads in a course taught through demonstrations, practicals, lectures and examinations. Pâte à choux and puff pastry are included (say hello to the best puffs!), as well as cheesecakes, cookies and chocolate techniques. You will explore cakes, fillings and icings. Walk away with the ability to impress your friends. Don't worry if you're new, the Academy is there for all levels.
"I started off attending 'make n dine' dinner classes, then when the 7-week professional baking course was offered, I decided that the time had come for me to finally do what I always wanted to do! I enjoyed every moment I've spent in the school thus far and will continue to attend classes there. I especially like that my special religious needs are addressed kindly too (Muslim)" —Nadia M.
13 Week Cake Artistry
This amazing program will teach you the fundamentals of cake design. Learn cake decorating, baking, buttercream piping, fondant, hand modelling, sugar flower skills and much more. You're basically learning to create show-stoppers. Perfect for beginners or professionals in the food industry! Maybe it's time to enter Cake Wars?
"My experience was amazing, it was inspiring and it was challenging. It was the first time I was with a group of talented women that wanted nothing more than for everyone to succeed. The team at the school made you feel like you were already a cake artist from the first day. Candice Eligon was amazing sharing her passion and leaving no question unanswered. There was no competition or judgement just support and motivation. The environment fostered at the Academy ensures that we were the strongest group of women anyone could imagine with great friendships formed. My time taught me that it's never too late to follow a dream or change directions." —Melissa L.
10 Week Introduction To Culinary Arts
This program was created with the culinary novice in mind to provide students with the essential cooking techniques and culinary grounding to master classic and modern cooking techniques. You will learn all the important cooking methods from simple roasting to mousse making. You're going to walk out a professional.
“I had some basic experience in a short cooking course previously, but as I discovered, The Baking Academy was a whole other dimension in cooking for me. The skills, the staff, the amenities, the guest chefs, the ingredients, everything was first class. It certainly was a bonus that my classmates were some of the most incredibly talented, kind, generous and professional women and gentlemen that I'd ever met. I recommend this school and its courses to anyone who's very interested, mildly curious or flat out unsure how to boil water. At the end of any class or course, certificate or degree program offered here, I guarantee if you lacked confidence or just scraped by in the kitchen before well let's just say the experience leaves you invigorated, excited and with a desire to explore and push your palate and tantalize your taste buds to unequivocal heights. Go ahead and push the envelope on yourself and open up a whole new world of culinary experience! I did, and I have absolutely no regrets!!!!” —Rehanna B.
Diploma In Baking and Pastry Arts
This full-time, one-year program, comprising of over 660 hours of tuition with lessons and hands-on-training, taught three days per week, will mould you into a superstar chef. You learn quick breads, advanced doughs, tarts, pies and much more. And after, students can enroll in a one-month long internship anywhere in the world! (France, here we come.)
"It's the only place I experience everything! I never thought I would miss somewhere that much now that I graduated with my Diploma, I really enjoyed being here, wish I could even do it again! If you want to be successfully and be a successful chef here is the place to be." —Nattito S.
These are 4- to 8-hour classes that are centred around a specific lesson are more relaxed and fun but still educational. It’s a great way to spend a few hours with friends while learning, baking, cooking and eating!
"Best culinary school in Trinidad! Outstanding quality, lovely staff, fully equipped facilities! I just loved it!" —Dora J.
"Today was the best experience ever! Your Donuts, beignets and churros class was great! Thanks a million! I will be back for more!!" —Latisha Y.
“The best part about attending classes - anyone at any level can join and feel comfortable ! When I went to my first class I felt so overwhelmed but the chefs and participants are so friendly and helpful. You learn a lot and recipes that you thought were complex are so simplified that you want to try it in your kitchen the next day. I would recommend these classes to spend quality time with your friends and family while getting food rewards at the end.” —Elysee G.