social stigma of pursuing certain career paths still prevail -- culinary
arts are no exception. During the lockdown, more people have grown fond of
cooking, and more online catering/baking businesses have emerged. Be it lil
chef Kobe flooding the internet with his cuteness or teenagers flaunting their
culinary skills on Tiktok, the culinary industry is on the rise.
example, in the early 2000s, Pooja Dhingra gave up on Law school to pursue
hospitality and management in Switzerland before joining the esteemed Le Cordon
Bleu in Paris, where she tasted her first macaron. It was love at first bite.
She went on to open India's first macaron store and is currently the owner of a bakery chain Le15 patisserie.
Elma Arifeen is an Economics graduate from Bangladesh who followed her passion
for baking and did a diploma in patisserie at the Gastronomicom culinary school
in France. She interned at a Michelin starred restaurant before starting the
much loved online bakery called Pastryarchy.
schools have grown across South Asia, namely the Culinary Academy of India in
Hyderabad, Colombo International Hotel School in Sri Lanka, National Institute
of Hotel Management Bangladesh in Dhaka, College of Hotel Management, and
Tourist Lahore in Pakistan are some of the prominent schools offering culinary
cooking (or anything else for that matter) is your passion, then don't hold