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

Fatima K Rahman

A food enthusiast from her early years, Fatima’s experiments in the kitchen began under her grandmother’s patient tutelage. Despite familial roots in the FMCG sector in the Middle East and enriching experience in marketing , her passion for pastry would not be overcome. It led her to some of the best culinary schools - City & Guild & Le Cordon Bleu Paris in 2010. She co-founded a pastry venture in her native India and then moved to Paris for creative pastry, working with some MOF accredited chefs. Having worked in France, a luxury chocolate boutique and in artistry, her experience includes training in Sugar Craft by Knightsbridge PME School of Confectionery Arts. Her experience in marketing, business development and budgeting come through her endeavors to be an educator in chef instruction and developing course structures. On a quest to learn, formulate recipes and impart knowledge, she joined the Chocolate Academy early 2017.

Yatik Shirdhankar
Teaches in:
India, Mumbai

Junior Academy chef

Culinary connoisseur with over 12 years of experience with renowned brands such as Taj, Ista, Hyatt hotels, Al Khozama and Patisserie named Bubo known for its Gastronomic extravaganza in Relais Desserts. Passionate and Down to earth individual with an immaculate experience in chocolate field and constant inclination towards learning and innovation. loves to talk chocolates and share the wide experience in the culinary field, through a no nonsense approach towards work and profession.

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.


Vinesh Johny
Guest teacher

Chef Vinesh Johny is the co-founder and Executive Pastry Chef of Lavonne Academy of Baking Science & Pastry Arts, Bangalore. After graduating from culinary school, he went on to work with The Oberoi Group of Hotels and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, in various capacities. He set up India’s first international specialised baking academy in 2012, at the age of 24, with the aim of making pastry arts a mainstream career choice.

In the brief years since he set out on his journey as chef-educator-entrepreneur, Chef Vinesh has added many feathers to his cap. He holds the honour of being one of the only two Indians to be featured on the inaugural ‘Forbes 30 under 30 Asia’ list for 2016. He was presented the prestigious Restaurant India Award 2016 for Pastry Chef of the Year.He has been recognized by Forbes as the ‘Forbes All Star Alumni Asia’ list 2017 & 2019, one that features revolutionary game changers. Adding to his list of laurels is his being profiled on CNN’s ‘India 20 Under 40’. Additionally, he was also chosen to be the WorldSkills Expert, officially representing India at WorldSkills Abudhabi 2017. Winning the first ever Silver Medal for India at WorldSkills 2017 was a moment of pride for the entire nation.

Being the national expert, he has been engaged in training the Indian team for the Worldskills competition that was held in Kazan. Chef Vinesh is currently the Chief Expert for World Skills International. 2020, witnessed the launch of his very own cook book along with Chef Andres Lara that features some of his favourite elements keeping a modern day cafe in mind along with desserts that are aspirational for any amateur baker. New School Sweets is a book for all pastry lovers be it beginner or professional.