The Academy Of Baking & Pastry Arts

To train the passionate chefs of the future. To promote solid technique and craft. To foster the joy, artistry and camaraderie that is food. For those who wish to begin the journey of mastering their craft --Or those who simply love to cook.

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Executive Chef - Alicia Joaquim

CHEF ALICIA JOAQUIM lived in Woodbrook, Trinidad and Tobago. She developed an interest in cooking and baking, at a very tender age by helping her mother in the kitchen with their home catering for the neighbourhood and for Carnival Mas bands.In 2003, Alicia engaged on a journey to develop a career in becoming a chef. She attended Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute and did her internship at Crown Plaza Hotel and ll Colosseo Italian Restaurant. She then attained her Associate Degree in Culinary Management in 2005.

Alicia has worked at Solimar Restaurant doing both culinary and pastry and her experience there lead her to become fond of creating desserts thus driving her passion of becoming a Pastry Chef. Over the years, Chef Alicia advanced her skills by participating in a number of Certificate courses in fondant, gum paste flowers and cake decoration. She has worked at Hyatt Regency Trinidad as a Pastry Chef and gained knowledge in Chocolate works, Sugar works and general production.Alicia proceeded to be Head Pastry Chef at Jaffa’s Restaurant where she managed a Pastry team, she also caters desserts and pastries to start-up businesses. Alicia remains very passionate about her work and her passion motivates her to continue learning about the ever-changing industry.

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Head Cake Artistry Chef - Candice Eligon

Chef Candice Eligon is a professional Cake Artist from Trinidad & Tobago. She started decorating cakes at the age of fifteen, after completing a beginners class in the preparation and application of royal icing at the YMCA.

In the years following, Candice completed courses with several local cake decorating instructors, whose professional expertise involved the use of fondant and gum paste.

From 2012-2014 Candice taught at the Trinidad & Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute, where students were introduced to various skills and techniques in cake decorating to the fundamentals of building show pieces. Here she found that she loved teaching and demonstrating just as much as the craft itself.

Having completed numerous workshops, Candice brings to us her skills and techniques in cake carving, cake construction an much more.

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Chef Stephanie Teekaram -Emeritus

Chef Stephanie Teekaram Having departed our shores in 2019, Chef Stephanie remains a vital and passionate source of knowledge and information to The Academy of Baking and Pastry Arts Having graduated over 180 students during her four year tenure as our Executive Head Chef/ Tutor, she has left a strong legacy of learning, exceptional skill and has been a positive influence on our IndustryWe cherish the time that she has spent with us and we are forever energized by her hely, her knowledge and her passion

She attended the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) where she graduated with Diplomas in Culinary Arts(2004), Pastry and Baking (2005) and Restaurant Management (2006). While attending the Institute, she joined the staff at ICE as a Purchasing Supervisor and was fortunate to be a volunteer at the World Pastry Competition for four consecutive years, where she worked with various international chefs in the competition. In 2007 she left ICE to begin her career as a Pastry Chef. She spent two years in Athens, Greece, working in Special Cakes, where she systematized operations, created recipes and did pastry and baking production. She also started the Unicuisine Catering and Events Planning Services in Brooklyn, NY, to provide services to persons organizing small social events. Over the years, Chef Stephanie has developed the skills that has made her proficient in cake design and expedition, menu creation and development, pastry and baking production, purchasing and inventory and kitchen staff supervision. Featured in both the NY Times and CNN.com, she has worked as a personal chef in NY and also as the executive Pastry chef at several NY restaurants, including Kutshers Tribeca, Kitty’s Canteen and Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar.

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Chef Stephano Zamboni

We are eager to welcome to The Academy of Baking and Pastry Arts in January 2021, Chef Stephano Zamboni. Chef Zamboni joins us from his native Italy, having taught at some of the finest Culinary Schools in Europe.