Friday, July 15, 2011

My next baby step

I have some exciting news to share today. I enrolled and have been accepted as a student with at-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy. I start MONDAY!

It's a 2-month Certificate Programme for novices who want to be professionally-trained in culinary arts, or for career switchers considering entering this industry, or for the older folks who want to upgrade their skills. By all counts, I suppose I'm the right target audience. Modules include food safety, kitchen hygiene and kniving skills. I will also be exposed to 8 different Asian and Western cuisines, and 2 types of cooking techniques: dry (grill, fry) and moist (steam, boil, poach).

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency offers Work Skills Training Support Schemes and will fund 90% of this course fee. (They should have told me pre-General Elections, LOL.) I intend to maximise my citizenship rights and make full use of this subsidy. I would also strongly encourage you to check out the other courses that WDA also provide subsidies for. Click here for more information.

This means the end of my commercial kitchen internship and the beginning of a student life for the next 8 weeks. I will miss my sous chef who has introduced me to how a professional kitchen operates and given me a wonderful first experience. I will miss greeting people with just a raise of the chin : )

"I'm a foreigner in this land" of culinary arts but His Word shall sustain me. This is from the Bible in Psalms 119. I also happened to see this quote today that speaks to me -

"Far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory, nor defeat."

Life begins when you're out of your comfort zone. I guess I won't be needing these things for a while.


  1. and you can practise what you learn from sunrice by cooking dinners for me! ;)

    ~~ chee kuan

  2. Hey birthday girl! I will willingly cook for you!

  3. That's just AWESOME! Go, Luan!

  4. Glad for your. Wish you all the best. Perhaps I should think of that too :)

  5. Hello Hankerie, follow your heart and keep me posted!

  6. Hello Luan, May I know which certificate class you joined? I'm thinking of taking one serious cooking class (and I'm not a cook!), the diploma course of Culinary Arts seems too intimidating.


  7. Hi Lisa, the certificate class I joined is called Food Production. It's only a 2-month course compared to the diploma course which is almost 2 years. Go for it and report back when you've signed up! All the best.

  8. Hi Luan, I am so inspired by your culinary journey. I have been toying with the idea of going to cooking school, but I thought I might be too old [I'm 44 going on 45 :)] and you have just proved that age is no barrier. I am more convinced now and I shall seek the courage to make that transition in the near future.

  9. Hi Phong Hong, there are grandmothers attending schools all over the world. Learning is not limited by age. So go for it if that's where your heart is! All the best, and when you get there, write back to let me know. That would be so cool. Plus I expect you to share your recipes with me! All the best.


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