KOTA KINABALU: Thirteen final-year diploma in pastry arts students from the Asian Tourism Institute (ATI) took part in a patisserie studio project here.
For the project, the students had to prepare a variety of dishes, including a pastry product and hot food to be served to the public, said assistant project manager Joyce Kam.
The mini restaurant was opened to the public from 11am until 3pm, yesterday
She added the patisserie studio is a catering management subject and is organized by students of pastry arts.
Joyce said among the objectives of the project were to equip students with theory and practical pastry operation, to expose and train students on how to implement the art of shape and decor presentation and to equip students with the techniques that allow pastry chefs to compose brilliant pastry products.
The patisserie studio is the first project for the diploma in pastry arts students. There were 12 types of food including cakes and hot food such as Tiramisu cake, strawberry pudding, cup cakes, mango cake, golden puff, fruit tart, cookies, chicken rice and spaghetti Bolognese.
She added that all preparations were done within three days before they opened the patisserie studio to the public.
According to her, learning at ATI does not limit themselves to sitting in a lecture room reading and listening to lecturers. Instead they are given the opportunity to do hands on practical training while studying.
ATI believes that skills play an important factor in maximizing individuals’ potential in their preferred professions, especially in the tourism and hospitality industry.
“Therefore, it is part of the students’ subjects to organize a real life event to enable them to familiarize with the activities and as a preparation to join the workforce,” she added.