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Culinary Arts is Cool at the best Culinary Schools in Malaysia

Study at the top 2 culinary schools in Malaysia, Berjaya University College of Hospitality & KDU University College. Choosing the best culinary school you have to consider the facilities and the lecturers. Both Berjaya UCH and KDU have excellent facilities and their lecturers are of high quality.

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Prep Kitchen

Students are taught by highly experienced and qualified chefs in the state-of-the-art training kitchens at KDU University College

Prep Kitchen

KDU University College. Training Kitchens are located next to the training restaurants. They are fitted with state-of-the-art equipment tailored to hotel kitchen specifications.

Prep Kitchen

Molecular Kitchen at KDU University College. This kitchen is fitted with state-of-the-art molecular cooking utilities. It is used as a research centre as well as a classroom for the molecular cooking classes and demonstrations.

Prep Kitchen

Champions Kitchen at KDU University College. This kitchen is fitted with 20 state-of-the-art competition specified workstations. The Kitchen is used to train students for competition purposes, hence the name.

Coffee Lab at KDU University College

Coffee Lab at KDU University College

Coffee Lab

Coffee Lab at KDU University College

Windows of Damansara at KDU University College - a fine dining training restaurant for students' practical

Windows of Damansara at KDU University College- a mock fine dining restaurant for students’ practical

Mock fine dining restaurant is open to KDU students & public where the culinary arts students experience real life learning

KDU University College’s Mock fine dining restaurant is open to KDU students and public where the culinary arts students experience real life learning

Mock fine dining restaurant allows the students to put their knowledge & skills into practice and to deal with customers

KDU University College’s fine dining training restaurant allows the students to put their knowledge & skills into practice and to deal with customers

Students learn about wines and pairing with the right foods. They then share this knowledge in the mock fine dining restaurant

KDU University College students learn about wines and pairing with the right foods. They then share this knowledge in the mock fine dining restaurant

Culinary students have a wide range of hotels & restaurants to do their internships or practical.

Culinary students at KDU University College have a wide range of hotels and restaurants to do their internships or practical.

Visiting Celebrity Chef Bruce Lim gives a demonstration to KDU students.

Visiting Celebrity Chef Bruce Lim gives a demonstration to KDU students.

Chef Bruno Ruffini, ALMA La Scuola internazionale di cucina italiana Parmigiano Reggiano — at KDU University College.

Chef Bruno Ruffini, ALMA La Scuola internazionale di cucina italiana Parmigiano Reggiano — at KDU University College.

Students will graduate with a Diploma from the prestigious Swiss IMI. Another unique feature at KDU is that students can take the degree in Italian Culinary.

Students will graduate with a Diploma from the prestigious Swiss IMI. Another unique feature at KDU University College is that students can take the degree in Italian Culinary.

Master Chef Jochern is the highly experienced chef at Berjaya University College of Hospitality

Upper East-Side Deli for students’ practical at Berjaya University College of Hospitality

Prep Kitchen. Students learn in a 5-star hotel ambience in the state-of-the-art kitchens at Berjaya UCH.

Samplings on the 14th is a High End Mock Restaurant at Berjaya University College of Hospitality where students cook and serve for real life customers.

Show Kitchen at Berjaya University College of Hospitality

Celebrity Chef sharing his knowledge and skills with students of Berjaya University College of Hospitality

Culinary Studio at Berjaya University College of Hospitality. Students are taught by chefs who are experienced with the necessary qualifications

The Berjaya University College of Hospitality’s Coffee Lab is fitted with equipment from Starbucks.

Oenology Lab at Berjaya University College of Hospitality teaches students about wine.

The art of coffee making at Berjaya University College of Hospitality

Pastry Lab at Berjaya University College of Hospitality

Bakery Lab at Berjaya University College of Hospitality

Anna Olson, Celebrity Chef, gives demo at Berjaya University College of Hospitality

Anna Olson: Up close and (quite) personal

By Lydia Koh

“The Torutiere is such a familiar smell during Christmas and the holiday season,” says Anna Olson during a cooking demonstration at the Berjaya University College of Hospitality called “Fresh Flavours with Anna Olson”. — Pictures by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 — Here are some things you probably don’t know about TV celebrity chef Anna Olson: known for “Bake with Anna Olson”, “Sugar” and “Fresh with Anna Olson” on the Asian Food Channel, she prefers savoury to sweet even though she is so often associated with desserts AND her absolute favourite thing to eat is beef. In all forms.

She prefers serving beef for Christmas rather than turkey. Also, during Thanksgiving, she would serve seafood instead of turkey.

Olson also makes kaya from scratch back home in Canada!

Yes, she was talking to a bunch of us media people in Kuala Lumpur recently at a cooking demonstration at the Berjaya University College of Hospitality called “Fresh Flavours with Anna Olson”.

And she was charming us with all sorts of snippets about cooking, baking, what does on behind the scenes of her show and so on.

Having just landed in Malaysia an hour before the demonstration, she showed no signs of jet lag but was engaging and bubbly throughout the entire time.

“This is my third visit to Malaysia and there are so many things I want to see, eat and buy for everyone back home,” she said enthusiastically as she greeted us. “I’m looking forward to the spicy flavours in Malaysia such as nasi lemak and local desserts such as kuih lapis.”

Her schedule is packed to the brim this time around: back-to-back cooking demonstrations, sampling dinners as well as classes for the Berjaya University College of Hospitality students. She then leaves for Singapore where it is the same thing again, more cooking demonstrations, sampling dinners. Yes, it’s a bit of a rinse and repeat.

“Baking is a science,” Anna Olson tells guests.

So what is it like cooking for work and cooking for home?

“For work, it is all about testing and tasting. It is all very analytical. But when I cook at home, it is more relaxing. My mind switches off after working hours so there is less thinking involved when I cook for home,” said Olson.

At the cooking demonstration, she taught us how to make Tourtiere, a French Canadian Beef Pie that is similar to the British steak and kidney pie, and Pumpkin Creme Brulee Tarts for dessert.

“The Tourtiere is such a familiar smell during Christmas and holiday season. Like every Nyonya recipe, each family has a secret ingredient for their Tourtiere. So, now you know how my house smells like during the holiday season,” Olson said as she prepared the hearty dish that is best served with a side salad.

Watching Olson cook reminded me of science class at school because she explained the science behind the baking. She said that although she was first trained as a savoury chef, it was only when she evolved as a pastry chef that her cooking improved because “it’s all about science” when it comes to baking.

So you will understand why certain things don’t turn out right even though you followed the recipe down to the T, for example, because of the temperature of your oven or how long you left the dough out on your worktable.

Olson sprinkling sugar on the Pumpkin Creme Brulee Tarts.

During the cooking demonstration, Olson told us about the funny mishaps that happen behind the scenes during the shooting of her TV shows.

One time she was making a lemon tart for the show and she forgot to put in the lemons while talking. Luckily, her producer noticed and stopped the shoot.

“Imagine a lemon tart dish without lemons! And that’s the most important ingredient,” laughed Olson. “Also, don’t try to talk while cutting at the same time,” she warned.

What you see on TV in a cooking show is also very different from reality. The cooking show may be an hour long but the truth is, filming can take from 12 to 15 hours for one episode of Olson’s show.

Another “secret” about cooking shows is that it may take up to 16 meringue pies to shoot a show about making one meringue pie!

That’s why within seconds after kneading the dough, the chef can take a baked product out of the oven already or the meat pie filling that takes longer to cook over the stove is ready immediately.

“Usually, the extra food will be given to my crew first and the rest of it will be donated to charity,” said Olson.

Do you know how the time lapse video promo for her “Bake with Anna Olson” show was filmed? Olson said that the entire set was dark save for a spotlight in the middle where the pastries are baked. A camera was left there, filming the entire process so you can see the pastries rising up.

What we don’t know is that the initial footage had to be scrapped because there were reflections of people walking around throughout the day on the glass of the oven door!

The Pumpkin Creme Brulee Tart is rich and absolutely yummy.

“Taping is the retirement of a recipe actually because it takes many months to prepare, taste and test the recipe before we film it,” said Olson.

After the cooking demonstration, we had a chance to get to know Olson a little better during a roundtable session. Christmas dinner is a very peaceful and quiet affair for Olson and her family as there would only be six to eight people to cook for. It is a nice break from the hectic schedule that is her normal work day.

“We would have multiple desserts for Christmas  and some of my favourites are sticky toffee pudding and Mont Blanc tart with white chocolate cream on top,” said Olson.

She is seasonally motivated when it comes to her favourite food, so she would crave different types of food depending on the season but if she were to choose, beef in all forms is her favourite.

She also loves collecting new and vintage Le Creuset pots and pans and KitchenAid mixers in different colours.

One of her must-haves when she visits Malaysia is coconut. It is the one thing she cannot get fresh back home.

But she is no fan of durian. “Durian is … interesting. I didn’t like it fresh. It was an assault on the senses,” Olson said hesitantly. Then someone recommended that she taste durian in other forms, such as in ice-creams or in cakes with chocolate.

At the end of the roundtable session, Olson asked us for food recommendations in Malaysia and she jotted them down on a piece of paper. This is probably the first time I’ve seen an interviewee asking the interviewer questions. Then again, this is not any other interviewee. This is Anna Olson.

Catch Anna Olson on her brand new programme, “Bake with Anna Olson” on the Asian Food Channel (AFC) Astro Channel 703 on Tuesdays, 9pm.

“Like every Nyonya recipe, eachfamily has a secret ingredient for their Tourtiere.”

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Students have access to the latest advanced cooking facilities with a 5-star hotel like ambience at Berjaya UCH. Graduates are able to find jobs easily throughout the many companies within the Berjaya Group. 

The intakes are in January 2013. Students may apply using their SPM Trial Exam results. Entry requirements are at least SPM 5 credits for Foundation and 3 credits for Diploma. Students without any credits may go for the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Levels 1-3 with full government loan. Students interested to find out more about Berjaya University College of Hospitality, please contact us.

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Malaysia is one of the world’s top 10 tourist destinations – Good news for Tourism students

Making it into the top 10 world tourist destination is great news for students interested in tourism & hospitality courses as this means more jobs.

Malaysia was one of the world’s top 10 tourist destinations last year, making it the only South-East Asian country to make the list in the United Nations World Trade Organisation (UNWTO) Tourism Highlights 2012.

The report rated Malaysia ninth based on international tourists arrival, with 24.7 million foreign tourists last year.

In 2009, the country recorded 23.6 million tourists arrival and in 2010, the number increased to 24.6 million.

Topping the list was France with 79 million tourist arrivals, followed by United States (62 million), China (58 million), Spain (57 million), Italy (46 million), Turkey (29.3 million), United Kingdom (29.2 million) and Germany (28.4 million).

Rounding up the top 10 was Mexico with 23.4 million tourists.

With so many beautiful destinations, graduates can work in the many industries associated with tourism such as hotel, tour guide, tour agent, airlines, transportation, culinary, restaurants, events, and more!

The report also ranked Malaysia 14th in terms of international tourism receipts with US$18.3bil (RM56.3bil) last year, ahead of countries such as Singapore, Japan, the Netherlands, Korea and Canada.

In 2009 and 2010, Malaysia recorded US$15.8bil (RM48.6bil) and US$18.2bil (RM55.9bil) respectively in tourism receipts.

UNWTO Tourism Highlights is a World Tourism Organisation publication which aims to provide an overview of international tourism trends.

For students who love to travel, explore new cultures, a strong interest in history, outgoing and love to meet people – a career in tourism is the answer! These people are natural leaders, love to organize events, able to solve problems quickly, highly energized, adventurous, creative, multi-taskers, possess communications skills and a love to help people have fun. This is a job without boundaries and the world is your office.

consider as a career that they can develop.

There are many jobs relating to travel and tourism. They include travel agent, tour guide, ticketing agent and others. One of the most popular job is that of a travel agent. The travel agents work with the customers to help them design the best trip that meet their needs. The needs can vary from going for business trip, studies, vacation or seeking medical treatment overseas. They deal with people all the time. As such, one must like to work with different kinds of people in helping them to make their trip a memorable one.

One of the benefits of working in this industry is that one will most probably get to travel to various destinations of the world at a fraction of the cost or free of charge if it is related to the job that one is doing. This is one of the perks that the travel and tourism career offers to the employees.

Graduates can work in industries like Tour agencies, Sports & Entertainment, Theme Parks, Golf Clubs, Equestrian Clubs, Casinos,

Studying tourism is not boring as students will have hands-on experience in organising tours and going on an actual tour just like the Reliance College students in the picture. Reliance College is one of Malaysia’s top tourism colleges with a wide network of its own Reliance Travel Agencies where graduates are able to find jobs easily with a good starting salary.

Sports Clubs, hotels & resorts, events, and more.

You can find jobs as a:

  • Travel Consultant
  • Tour Manager
  • Travel Agency Manager
  • Tour Operator
  • Travel Itineraries Design Specialist
  • Owner of a travel agency

Sample of subjects that you would take are:

  • Hospitality English
  • Communication Skills
  • Personal Skills and Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • French
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Legal Issues in the Hospitality Industry

    Students at the Berjaya University College of Hospitality have the advantage of obtaining jobs within the many companies found at Berjaya. Berjaya UCH is a specialist in the hospitality programmes supported by 5-star hotel-like facilities

  • Introductory Economics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Principles of Tourism
  • Travel and Tourism Geography
  • Ticketing and Reservations Operations
  • Airfares and International Ticketing
  • Advance Airfares and Airline Operations
  • Travel Agency and Tour Operator Business
  • Inbound Travel Operations (Domestic Tours)
  • Outbound Travel Operations (International Tours)
  • International Cultural Studies
  • Tourism Destination Marketing
  • Tourism Research Methodology and Statistics
  • Meetings and Events Management
  • Tourism Behaviour Studies

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Travel the world as a Tourist Guide

Berjaya Times Square shopping mall

Went to Berjaya Times Square last Wednesday to meet up with Rodney Loke and his father to tour Berjaya University College of Hospitality located on the West Wing 11th & 14th Floors. While waiting at the front entrance of Times Square, I saw a group of tourists being led by a Tour Guide. Then I remembered that Berjaya University College of Hospitality offers the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Level 3 Tourist Guide Operations course.

In 2010, Malaysia registered 24,577,196 tourist arrivals which was an increase of 3.9% as compared to year 2009, making Malaysia as one of the top 10 tourist destinations. Tourism has become a key revenue generator to the Malaysian economy. Higher Education Minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, said the country required more highly-skilled workers in

The tour guide talking to her tour group upon reaching Berjaya Times Square

the tourism and hospitality sector as it was the fifth biggest contributor to the nation’s economy. Tourist Guides can earn a lot of money as they charge by days and places. You can earn a few thousand per tour.

Entry requirements are that you must have gone through SPM. It is a 6-9 month course. The subjects that students will take are as below.

Core  Knowledge

  • History of Malaysia
  • Geography of Malaysia
  • Culture & Customs of our various ethnic groups
  • Historical Heritage
  • System of Government

Tour Business Knowledge

  • Role of the Tourist Guide

    There are a lot of tourists visiting Berjaya TImes Square all the time, making Berjaya University College of Hospitality an ideal place to study the SKM Tourist Guide course.

  • Travel Formalities
  • Technology in Travel Industry
  • Professional Ethics & Etiquette
  • Types of Customers

Tourism Development

  • Tourism Products
  • Current Events
  • Marketing Strategies

Regional Knowledge

  • Natural Heritage
  • Natural Resources
  • Industries in Malaysia

Berjaya University College of Hospitality offers 5-star facilities for students

Tour Guiding Techniques

  • Role of the Tourist Guide
  • Leadership & Social Skills
  • Customer Service & Expectations
  • Handling Problem Travellers
  • Handling Travellers with Special Needs

Practical Session

  • Training on coach
  • Training on-site

Upon completing the course, students will receive the following awards:

  1. Tourist Guide License from Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia
  2. Tourist Guide Certificate from Ministry of Tourism
  3. Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia Pemandu Pelancong
  4. Tahap 3 from Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran

After taking the tour, Rodney decided to register for the SKM Culinary course which will start on September 3, 2012. That will be another story.

This course including the SKM Tourist Guide is offered by the The Centre for Professional Development & Life Long Learning (CPDLLL) at Berjaya University College of Hospitality. Students from Penang who are interested in the SKM Tourist Guide Operations can study at Sentral College Penang.

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