Vocal Training July 2014

Culinary Coach for Myanmar Chefs Team Pattaya 2014

Ricardo Lujan, the Mexican born and bread Executive Chef from Governor’s Residence Yangon will coach the Myanmar Chef’s Team for the upcoming competition in Pattaya this year.

Culinary Coach Chef Ricardo Lujan P1050039 -

We all wish him the very best of success and loads of fun.

Myanmar Chefs Team – Pattaya City Culinary Cup 2014


The team of Myanmar Chefs Association taking the culinary challenge at the 2014 grand Pattaya City Culinary Cup 13th August to 18th August 2014 started training with the great arrangements of support and sponsorship of Belmond Governors Residence Yangon,- GM Thomas Henseler which not only involves active the whole F&B department but also Kitchen and Food cost facilities for the this years project to give best training facilities to the Chefs from Myanmar for this international competition.

Executive Chef Ricardo Lujan leads the training at his Belmond Governors Residence Yangon Hotel after several menu discussions, change of items and setting the team with three team members are old timers to the Pattaya Competition venue and 4 hours battle for a world class buffet and a 10 portion mystery protein. Two top Chefs – new team members are in with Yangon Sule Shangri – La s Chef Shwe Moe Tha and Belmond Executive Pastry Chef Jan Moeller.

Join the team of PARKROYAL Yangon s Pastry Chef Aung Myo Lwin, Belond Governors Residence and just back from Dubai Atlantis The Palm Chef Zin Maw Win – the " Micro Cooking " Chef, Chef and MCA President Oliver E Soe Thet of Laguna Lodge – ECO Hotel Ngapali Beach Rakhine State.

While Pastry Chef Aung Myo Lwin clear will use all his experience of 2013 competition and top the already high quality,- knowing best the challenges of the Pattaya Cup – he will ensure the best two desserts and a cake which needs 30 % Thai Fruits.

Chef Zin Maw Win also knows best from 2013 how to reach a higher medal in his cold kitchen part with cold appetizers, salad and tapas – he will, be fully supported by Chef Jan Moeller specially on all decoration work where Jan also will be in charge for decoration for desserts and soup.

Chef Shwe Moe Tha will take over hot Kitchen, where 2013 successful Chefs Dominic Mang and Chef Aung Myo Thu are busy at Home Kitchens and not able to join the this year team. Chef Oliver E Soe Thet will support Chef Shwe Moe Tha at the Hot Kitchen side as well will take the all over timing and see that we rather than last years every one on his duty — this year look much more as a team supporting each other share workloads and get more efficient in the time management. Improve taste and final settings. Commends we received last year from the WACS Judges despite a very well job done by the Myanmar Chefs , here we have room to improve here we can gain higher quality medal and award in 2014.

We like to thank all supporter of Myanmar Chefs and Myanmar Chefs and Young Chefs Association, and specially the organizer to invite the Chefs from Myanmar again for this prestigious Chefs Battle in Pattaya 2014 … Wish us luck as sometimes that helps a bit to reach a higher ground next to hard work and training , training and training ,,,,, Thanks to Belmond Governors Residence, Sule Shangri-La and PARKROYAL Hotels Yangon, Laguna Lodge Ngapali, yours

Oliver E Soe Thet

President Myanmar Chefs Association, Yangon 22.7.2014

MCA Chefs judge again at annual final Culinary Exam for Shwe Sa Bwe – Yangon

The third year in a row, MCA Chefs took part and lead the final annual Chefs Vocational Training exam at Shwe Sa Bwe French fine dining Restaurant on Saturday 28th an Sunday 29th June 2014.

This year under the lead of 5 star,- Inle Princess Resort – Mrs Mie Su from Shan State 14 heads of F&B operations of Yangon s best Hotels and Restaurants were present again to observe, taste and judge the Chefs and Service of the Shwe Sa Bwe training restaurant Yangon s Malikha street.

Apart of work organization, cooking techniques , taste and texture for the food and the world of the chefs during degustation also the service was evaluated for hygiene, original table set up, wine and cocktail knowledge and explanation of each dish by the waiters.

From 7 to 9 month the vocational training season was increased this year, one of the view real vocational training centers with a dual system and main focus on the students to develop basic skills in their early carrier which involved for the Chefs also pastry and butchery techniques.

Poached Egg with Vegetable * Roast Sea Bass with Pilaf Rice and White Wine Sauce * Apple Tarte, was on the menu for the first day and each Chef to prepare from scratch in three Hours. The second day with the rest of chef students saw a Tomato tart, Braised Chicken legs and poached pear with custard cream on the menu.

Myanmar s Red Mountain s, " Rose d` Inle " was among the beverages next to a number of cocktails and coffee of choice with great pastry.

We like to thank Francoise again for the invitation to overlook and judge the 2014 final F&B exams at Shwe Sa Bwe vocational training center with live restaurant as it is one of the very view professional training centers in Myanmar for the hospitality industry which teaches at international level standards, period of time and so a fair and valuable certification ,- with MCA members & international hospitality experts under WACS, which grants near all students direct good job opportunity as the Hotel & Restaurant industry in Yangon and wider knows already the value of these good trained young chefs and service staff from Myanmar. Until next year again, yours

Oliver E Soe Thet

President Myanmar Chefs Association

National Training & Certification Committee member

Yangon 15.7.2014

Young Myanmar Chefs Meeting

Young Myanmar Chefs Association meeting on community projects – Food Safety & Hygiene

Sunday 20.7.2014 saw at Yangon s " My Garden " restaurant the formation of a MCA subcommittee for the: “ Chef Awareness In Food Safety – Myanmar “

An initiative of Young Chefs of Myanmar to hit two flies with one stroke:

Y-MCA Food safety Training Meeting 20140720_135836

- Support the Myanmar Hospitality Industry with international and up to date knowledge, training and follow in the field of food safety through Chefs in kitchen big and small.

- Offer such services on volunteer base – so at same time charge to restaurants and hotels a certain fee which will at same time after deduction of small initial costs go to boost funding of Young Myanmar Chefs Association and its members. To support young Myanmar chefs to join international competitions and WACS events.

A brain child of Myanmar s Ambassador of WCWB, Chef Thurein Htun and Chef Dominic Mang a driving force and a co founder for the young Chefs movement in Myanmar since 2012.

At the first meeting  was decided the name of the team is Chef Awareness In Food Safety.
The meeting was attended by Chef Ricardo, Aghee ,Domanic, Shwe Moe Tha ,Zin Maw Win, Ni Ni Aye Nyo of CVT Center of Vocational Training Myanmar ,Moe Moe Khaing, Lu Maw, Thurein Htun. Daw Thuzar Myint – MCA Food Technologist and international recognized Expert for food safety and hygiene.
Activities : Good 4 hours discussions built the base for first out comes and to go public soon.

1.) Manual book and power point presentation by Ma Thuzar of Shwe Yin Mar Organic Coffee.
2.) Agreement on Committee Members:
Thu Zar Myint ( Chairwoman)
Chef Thurein Htun  ( Vice Chairman & Secretary)
Lecturer Ni Ni Aye Nyo     (joint Secretary)
Chef Moe Moe Khaing (joint Secretary)
Pastry Chef Aghee                    (Committee )
Chef Shwe Moe Tha     (Committee)
Chef Zin Maw Win          (Committee)
Chef Lu Maw                   (Committee)
Chef Oliver E Soe Thet ( Advisor )

Next meeting will be 27.July 2014 with the target to have all, even already professionals in Food Hygiene and

- Safety again get under a general training with Daw Thuzar Myint s Training schedule.

- Each Committee member to produce a profile and his Food Hygiene back ground

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Battle of the Chefs Penang 2014–upcoming






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With Myanmar Chef Than Naing Tun — Our Awesome Team for this year.
The Bill Gallagher Young Chefs Forum 2014


Most of our Young Chefs have arrived from around the world,  and staying at St.  Svithun Hotel eagerly anticipating the WACS Congress,  networking with some of the Chefs they inspire to be one day, and will have the chance to attend the seminars/workshops from successful Chefs. All these and more from the Bill Gallagher Young Chefs Forum. Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook,  and subscribe to our blog for updates.


Nordic test dinner for WACS 2014: http://youtu.be/cXkUbrX_iJk

Team Hong Kong with Candice (Canada) and Chef Than Naing Tun (Myanmar) lower center front

Groups formed, get to know each other

07 June 2014

Myanmar Chefs Story

Myanmar Chefs Story ( MC, YMCA – WCWB )

WCWB & Young Chefs Myanmar ( YMCA ) at Girls re integration & education center, Htauk Kyant,-                 

cooking a 4 course Lunch Menu start planning a 2nd Pastry Vocational                                               

Training Center by MCA – WCWB – YMCA ( Young Myanmar Chefs Association )

Free Dental Treatment by WCWB – Myanmar in October

The Myanmar Young Chefs Association ( YMCA ) and Chefs of educational MTRV4 cooking show " The Chef ", ( a joint production MRTV4 with MCA – WCWB and Myanmar Young Chefs Club ) took off to the Iron Market as early as 5:00 am on Thursday 29.5.2014. Shopping for an unusual – so in a way already for young Chefs of Myanmar a commend event. Cooking a special and nutrition rich healthy meal for over 100 street kids – girls at the outskirts of Yangon. All the pork, chicken and fish was bought at Iron Market, dry goods, herbs and vegetables already the evening before at City Mart ( Myanmar best sorted fresh and quality supermarket with many outlets all over the countries cities ).

- Chef Shwe Moe Tha of Sule Shangri – La // -  Chef Zin Maw Win – Belmond Governors Residence               – Chef Kyaw Kyaw – Le Planteur Restaurant // – Chef Kum Thein Zaw – Belmond Governors Residence                   – Daw Thuzar Myint – MCA Food Technologist & Shwe Yin Mar Organic Coffee, // – Chef Frankie,                       " The Chef TV show presenter Ko Eint , Ko Kant Kant , Mrs Thida Mo Mo director of MRTV4 " The Chef " TV…show lead the team & Oliver E Soe Thet had its hand on with the cold and cutting kitchen work.

Myanmar Traditional Cuisine menu for the 100 plus street  girls of Yangon:

Myanmar style Tomato Salad  ***  Hot & Sour, Bamboo – Fish Soup  ***  Pork Curry                                                          Chicken Curry  *** Roast Onion and Ginger Fish  *** Steamed Rice

,- as all chefs are experts and stand their job, the work was quick done, after only 1 hours all hot cooking started already in the kitchen , under the tree in the garden. With Gas and charcoal, wood all resources of heating the school could provide. The Street Kids Girls, most Buddhist, also some Christians, some girls come from mixed faith families which is very commend in Myanmar society. The Center is under the support of the Ministry of Social Welfare. Different vocational training s are on offer for the girls there as tailor, daily Myanmar traditional cooking for the others, pearl handicrafts, fancy key chains, Paper Bag making, embedding fancy / semi gem stones and bag production from recycled plastic garbage.   Usually the girls have a budget of 432 Kyat for food a day around 0,5 $ US a person.

First established as a residential Nursery on 1st march 1978 at another small area of Htauk Kyant,- it was  upgraded through the charity initiative of Daw Thein Yi family which donated the present 3,98 acre of land and the Department of Social Welfare provided the budget for the buildings in 1981 / 1982. And in April 1984 the Residential Nursery moved to the now place. It was renamed to " Training School for Street Girls " at 1st August 2011. The center has 33 staff including 22 graduated social workers and baby sitter.

The objectives are: Train and nurture to the street children including socially and economically disadvantaged girls,- not to become the dependent but to be able to stand on their own feet in their society. Here is where we MCA – WCWB & YMCA believe that a Pastry Vocational Training Center will work very well for the girls,- not just to bake delicious items but also to be as in pastry very much bound to rules and regulations, measure well the recipes and follow natural procedures as yeast will not grow and help you if treated not with respect or wrong dose of salt and sugar…….As street kids can be seen as mostly independent and experienced with challenged to make their living the creativity and art in pastry can be another good base for a best performance of the girls which like it,– learn some years – take job trainings in Yangon s top Hotels and Restaurants and after being released from the center a best job,- well paid is sure waiting for each girl in the fast growing Myanmar Tourism Industry today.

The Training Center the youngest girls is 6 years old and the eldest is near 18 years old. Htauk Kyant is 1,5 hours drive from Yangon down town, 20 minutes from Yangon Airport, on the junction to Bago and Pyay. Well known for the big War Cemetery. Was also known for being the center for all Leprosy people in Myanmar many many years ago. – One would think " what poor people that time ". Wrong they were isolated and no police dared to come that time to Htauk Kyan, they were the one which burnt all the illegal alcohol made a lot of money and drove big cars – just only inside Htauk Kyan.

Dental Treatment through WCWB  Myanmar

Total E&P Myanmar has a medical Dr at the place every Tuesday and Friday, Ministry of Health provides a nurse,- MCA World Chefs Without Borders plans now twice a year to have our German dental and dental public health team there for the benefit to all the girls in dental health care under out theme " healthy teeth through healthy food ".

Girls Pastry Vocational Training Center " for the unfortunate in Myanmar – " YMCA & WCWB

After consultation with the head master of the school and the teachers the young chefs of Myanmar and WCWB Myanmar decided to have here another one the second " Girls Pastry Vocational Training Center " for the unfortunate,- next to the Hmaw Bi Girls Orphanage which is near by. Financed through the Tony Khoo s charity Dinner funding and supported by the YMCA – Young Chefs as well Myanmar s Pastry Alliance around chef & pastry trainer Aghee.    — Pastry profession which requires much more discipline and follow recipes, rules and regulations in order to get the best product might be a good guideline and psychological training for these girls which came through most different reasons, mostly without own fault into a situation of being a Street Kid… After a 1 or 2 years training and working experience in the project – sure they are valuable assets and staff for Myanmar s fast growing Hospitality Industry – a real capacity building initiative.

The Idea is that the girls and center after some training units in first cookie production and eating, direct learn how to pack, marketing and sell these items at a good profit. The 200 g cost around 0,15 $ US the regular sales of such in the township is at 0.5 $ US,- getting with a better quality into the market by 0,45 $ US will be a real alternative, selling in the township as well to visitors and offer to Hotels and Restaurants in Yangon to purchase as a " Win – Win and CSR " support of the project. The Target is clear independent running of the pastry training center profit oriented without financial support in short time,- so always follow up and upgrade of products through Young Chefs and WCWB Myanmar.

Already now we are having some other girls centers in the pipeline to support in such self funding way, the Girls center at Than Lwin Road, the MALIKHA Girls orphanage, and the young Girls Prison at Nat Mauk Road in Yangon. The 500 boys prison & vocational training center in Kawmu " Hnit Aung San " where YMCA & WCWB Chefs are regular, 3 hours drive outside Yangon in the delta since 2008 we will upgrade their kitchen of Chef Daw Aye Aye with stainless steel tables for the first step and more to come. / AIDS – HIV Young Girls Home also near Hnit Aung San would just fit also into such program, to generate own earned and own achieved funding for their needs and happiness to a valuable part of the society in Myanmar, proud to understand and be a professional as pastry Chef.

With many culinary greetings from, MCA, YMCA & WCWB Myanmar, Keep it Hot – Keep it Cooking

Oliver E Soe Thet, Chef Thurein Tun, Chef Dominic Mang, Pastry Chef Aghee, Chefs of " The Chef " TV cooking show,- Daw Thuzar Myint – Food Technologist, Myanmar Chefs Association, Yangon 29.5.2014


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