Name Janelle Joy Toh
Current City Quezon City, Philippines
Course of Study AAS Baking and Pastry Arts
Year of Graduation 2015
Personal Motivational Motto
“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”
- What is your story?
I am currently a pastry chef instructor at a pastry academy in the Philipines.
After completing my studies for business management and hotel operations management, I went to Houston to take up culinary arts. I am glad that I found out about Culinary Institute Lenotre where I was able to train under French chefs. I finished my associate’s degree in baking and pastry arts, and after 1 year, I went back to take up the new level for Artistic skills of Pastry Décor.
At the time that I went back to the Philippines, there was a Malaysian pastry school opening a branch in the Philippines. I applied for a position for chef’s assistant; in a span of 1 year, I am now teaching full-time basic and intermediate classes, as well as intensive classes.
- What inspired you to become a chef?
When I was studying in Switzerland for hotel operations management, I got a glimpse of how it was to work in the kitchen. I really enjoyed that experience so I decided to study to become a chef. It gives me a sense of fulfillment when I see people enjoy and appreciate the products I make.
- How would you describe the impact of your courses at CIL on your daily life?
CIL has provided me with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of pastry that has helped me a lot in my current job. I am also glad I had chefs like Chef Francis Grosse, Chef Christelle, Chef Pol, and Chef Thomas. They pushed me to do my best and helped me reach my potential.
- Any memorable moments as a student?
I was very fond of assisting the chefs after class. I found it fulfilling and I found that I am learning more by assisting and volunteering for after-school events. I was also able to join competitions during my time in Lenotre. It was something I enjoyed despite the stress that came with it. To this day I still look forward to joining competitions.
- Do you have any projects in mind or in action?
Hopefully someday I will be able to represent my country in international competitions.
- Outside of CIL, what do you like to do on your personal time?
During my personal time I usually still look for inspiration and do research on how to improve on my products.
- Any words of wisdom to students?
Grab the opportunities presented to you. Be positive and learn from the challenges are given to you.