Laksamana to open culinary school in March

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Brunei Darussalam’s first dedicated culinary arts institution, The Culinary School by Laksamana College of Business, will welcome its first cohort of students in March, hoping to usher in a new generation of aspiring chefs to elevate the country’s food industry.

With syllabuses adapted from City and Guilds — a London-based vocational education and training provider that has been in operations for more than 140 years — The Culinary School will equip young chefs with the basics of professional food preparation and best practices that have been adopted worldwide.

“Cooking has never been so popular,” said head instructor Luke David Macaan, especially with the rising popularity of cooking shows like Masterchef.

At 47, the professional chef has been working in kitchens from San Francisco to Beijing for almost three decades, and even plied his trade with Jamie Oliver at the River Café in London.

Head Instructor at The Culinary School by Laksamana College of Business, Luke David Macaan, demonstrating how to make crepes to a member of the public during one of the school’s public cooking class.

With The Culinary School’s first cohort on the horizon, Macaan hopes to share his vast experience with Bruneian students.

“We’re going to start with a certification program on March 4, which serves as a prerequisite for our diploma program down the line,” he said.

The programme will be open for anyone above the age of 16, with no previous experience required.

The Certificate in Food Preparation and Cookery will serve as an introduction to the field, with classes on basic kitchen knowledge such as knife skills, the concept of starch, temperature, as well as the different cooking methods.

The diploma course will focus on cooking proteins such as beef, lamb, poultry and different starchy foods.

Students with industry experience can enter the diploma course directly without having to undertake the certificate programme.