Pastry training programme sweetens lives

In the heart of Yangon, a sweet transformation is unfolding, one dough at a time.

Students of bakery and pastry courses, wearing crisp white chef’s jackets and black trousers along with red caps and aprons, are eagerly delving into the learning process at their classroom kitchens in downtown Yangon.

The two-year bakery and pastry training programme, funded by China through the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund 2022, included 10 basic bakery and pastry courses and five Training of Trainers (ToT) courses in total. Each course included 20 students.

The trainings, organised by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism’s Centre for Tourism Development, have opened up opportunities for Myanmar residents, the students said.

Kay Su Zar Han, a young woman with a dream of becoming a bakery and pastry expert, shared her goal as she embarked on the ToT bakery and pastry course after having completed the basic bakery and pastry programme.

“I’m determined to carve a career path in bakery and pastry,” said Kay Su Zar Han.

Reflecting on her journey, she said the impact of the programme was transformative.

“The (baking and pastry-making) methods I previously employed at home were incorrect. However, this programme gave me the necessary skills and opportunities to pursue my passion,” she said.

Another student, Hein Htike Zaw, said: “My passion for pastry brought me here. I particularly enjoy creating puffs and cakes. By attending the training, I have made many new friends and enjoyed many employment opportunities.”

Another participant, 35-year-old Hay Mar La Wun, said: “Cuisine is my passion. Through this programme, I’ve gained insights into the details of flavour, texture, and taste.”

“Moreover, it has equipped me with valuable knowledge of the hospitality and tourism sectors,” she added, expressing gratitude towards China for its contribution to Myanmar’s development. — Xinhua

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