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Gastronomy is undeniably at the very core of our cultural identity. Eating out and keeping our appetites constantly satiated is a proud national past time. Many of us are willing to travel all over the island and queue for hours just for a mouthful of our favourite savoury sensations. As one of the culinary capitals of the world, Singapore has a proliferation of affordable and delicious food spanning every type of cuisine that is also easily available 24/7 at the touch of a button. As a result, many of us do not have the time or inclination to bother to learn to cook for ourselves. This is a colossal shame as cooking is not only therapeutic and meditative, but also an outlet for creative expression. Nothing beats a home cooked meal made with one’s heart and soul. Thankfully, there are many prolific culinary schools and institutes to suit all tastes, budgets and schedules. We profile three of the best.

At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy

At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy has been grooming and cultivating top chefs and F&B professionals in an experiential environment of culinary creativity, authenticity and innovation since their inception back in 2001. With an international faculty and staff, state of the art facilities and strong industry alliances, the Academy delivers skills and knowledge in several culinary disciplines from baking, cooking, F&B management, food hygiene, and more.

At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy is the first culinary academy in Singapore to be awarded with the National Continuing Education and Training Institution (NCI) accreditation, which allows the academy to administer nationally recognized diplomas with a generous 70% fee subsidies for both Singaporeans and permanent residents. This makes their programmes very affordable and accessible especially for those thinking of a career and industry switch over to F&B.

As evidenced by their illustrious alumni, as well as their walls of endless accolades, the forte and success of this school lies in their skilful presentation and artistic interpretation of their dishes. The iconic SpiceOdyssey™ experience is a final year capstone project for the various cohorts of graduating students. It is a very popular and jam packed event which brings eager and hungry guests on a thrilling gastronomical journey that will titillate their taste buds.

Allspice Institute

Named after the scrumptious and highly aromatic “allspice” herb that originates from Jamaica and the Caribbean regions, Allspice Institute was founded in 2009 with the vision to develop an international culinary arts and hospitality institution. The institute has a strong focus and emphasis on local heritage cuisines such as Peranankan.

The centrally located school also has the only fully equipped and dedicated Japanese cuisine teaching facilities in Singapore. One can learn how to make sushi handrolls, tempura moriawase, agedashi tofu, bento boxes and other Japanese favourites totally from scratch. Another unique feature of this school is an organic edible garden that is situated along a lengthy outdoor corridor and that showcases an extensive array of exotic herbs and spices such as vanilla, turmeric, basil, and of course the distinctive namesake allspice.

Palate Sensations Cooking School

Over the past decade, Palate Sensations Culinary School has groomed countless aspiring home gourmands to realize their dreams of becoming proficient cooks and professional chefs by improving their culinary and baking skills. The school prides itself in equipping thousands of satisfied students with the confidence and ability to delight their family, friends and clients through their culinary creations.

This highly sought after training center succeeds in presenting all kinds of cooking and baking classes to please every palate by offering a large variety of hands-on cooking and baking classes for both adults and children catering to all abilities and levels. Palate Sensations’ classes span international cuisines like French and Italian to Asian cuisines such as Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, etc. The school’s open concept kitchen is well staffed by an experienced full-time team, as well as various guest chefs from renowned restaurants in Singapore.  Their impressive VIP guest list include international and local celebrities such as James Martin, Rachel Allen, Anthony Bourdain, Dr. Leslie Tay (ieatishootipost), Michelle Chong, Hossan Leong, Bryan Wong, Nadya Hutagalung, etc.

Photos: Luke Elijah

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