More home cooks signing up for courses to go professional

Mr Luke Lim and his mother Marilyn (both above) also attended At-Sunrice's programme, which taught them the importance of preparing ingredients ahead of time.
Mr Luke Lim and his mother Marilyn (both above) also attended At-Sunrice's programme, which taught them the importance of preparing ingredients ahead of time.PHOTO: LUKE LIM
Mr Soh Yong Seng took At-Sunrice’s private chef programme in 2018 and started an online business, Ah Seng Soups, which sells dishes such as herbal ginseng chicken soup (above).
Mr Soh Yong Seng took At-Sunrice’s private chef programme in 2018 and started an online business, Ah Seng Soups, which sells dishes such as herbal ginseng chicken soup (above).PHOTO: AH SENG SOUPS

Culinary school At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy has seen a spike in demand for its programme that trains people to run home-based food businesses, fuelled by the Covid-19 pandemic and the rise of private kitchens.

The school's private chef programme, introduced in 2017, has had about 1,500 graduates since then - with 1,109 of them graduating last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 21, 2021, with the headline 'More home cooks signing up for courses to go professional'. Subscribe