Teachers

Chocolate Academy Team

We train more than 500 people every week

 In addition to our technical advisors, the teaching staff at the CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ centers regularly includes Ambassadors who are among the leading professionals throughout the world. We ensure all courses reflect the latest artisanal techniques and product design.

India, Mumbai

Chef Eureka Araujo
Chef
Teaches in:
India, Mumbai

Pastry Chef at the academy Of Pastry Arts, India.

Chef Eureka is a Pastry Chef at the academy Of Pastry Arts, India. She is the winner of India Pastry Queen 2017 & Eureka also represented India at the World Pastry Queen Championship at SIGEP 2018 in Italy.

An alumni of the Institute of Hotel Management, Goa, she previously worked with the Taj Group of Hotels, Umaid Bhawan Palace - Best Hotel in the world 2016 as a Junior Sous Chef. Chef Eureka specializes in Sugar art, chocolates & pralines, plated desserts, and modern French Pastries. 

 

Jean-Marc Bernelin
Jean-Marc Bernelin
Chef

Jean-Marc Bernelin, Technical Consultant of Callebaut Asia Pacific (S) Pte Ltd is no stranger to our trade professionals in Asia Pacific since 2002. With a great passion in being a professional pastry chef, Jean-Marc knew that it was essential to attain an academic achievement in order to embark on this career. Therefore from 1992 to 1996, he took up professional pastry courses at Chamber of Commerce in Paris.
During this period, Jean-Marc worked as an apprentice with FERRANDI in different pastry shops in Paris. And he was selected as the best apprentice of France in 1994 and titled as the grand price winner of Arpagon competition in junior category.
Achieving the award had indeed allowed Jean-Marc to carve out from an apprentice to a professional pastry chef in different countries to organizations such as being a pastry cook in the Prime Minister office during his national service.
Jean-Marc’s career moved on to another level when he was the pastry chef with Hediard, United Arabs Emirates from 1998 to 1999. His responsibilities were to overseeing the pastry-bakery department, opening of shops, creating all recipes to involvement in all restaurants promotions.
Jean-Marc continued his professional journey in Singapore from 1999 to 2001 as a Pastry and Bakery Chef in a French pastry shop. Besides assuming the above-mentioned responsibilities, Jean-Marc had different role to play; from purchasing of material, training, organizing catering services to ensuring customer satisfaction in the shop. He was even nominated as Inniskillin Pastry Chef of the Year at the World Gourmet Summit 2002 Award of Excellence.
 

Santosh Kumar Kotla
Chef
Teaches in:
India, Mumbai

He is an alumnus of the premier Institute of Hotel Management – Mumbai. He started his career with the Taj Group of Hotels and has worked with hotel chains like Grand Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental hotel group. He was the Pastry Chef for the Michelin starred restaurant, Rasoi in Geneva where he learned the intricacies of fine dining pastry.

Having spent ten years in the industry and over four years in hospitality education he is heading the premier Callebaut chocolate academy centre in Mumbai imparting fine skills of chocolate applications.

and customer support.

Frank Haasnoot
Guest teacher

Frank Haasnoot is a Dutch pastry chef. With over over 23 years’ experience, he is currently working as a freelance consultant.

Post completing his education, Frank started working for several pastry brands around the globe. Frank has worked in Holland, New York (La Tulipe Desserts), Kuwait (the Victorian), Taiwan (Mandarin Oriental Hotel) and Hong Kong (the Peninsula Hotel).

He has been a part of multiple national and international Pastry Competitions. In 2011, he was the winner of the World Chocolate Masters in Paris.

It was in mid 2017 that Frank decided to move back to Europe and start his freelance career to be able to teach and develop his work freely.

Rumana Jaseel
Guest teacher

Owner & Executive Pastry Chef at Incredible Cake Art

Chef Rumana is one of the leading Pastry Chefs, an entrepreneur, the owner of Incredible Art in Kochi and the Executive Pastry Chef and Cake Artist at Incredible Art - Artisan Cake Boutique & Academy, specializing in patisserie. She is also a certified patissier and chocolatier and has been the finalist in the Wedding Cakes category of the world renowned Cake Oscars award of Cake Masters Magazine, 2015.

Also, awarded “Chocolate Heroes “ Title in the year 2018 by Callebaut, a title that honours Chocolatiers throughout the world and has been honoured to be the Guest Chef Instructor at the the Callebaut Academy, Dubai in the year 2018 & Callebaut Academy, India in the year 2017 and 2018.

She has inspired many a budding bakers to enter into the world of French pastry in India.