Studying at Kul IN was a very nice experience, you meet new people from all over the world! It is worth enrolling in the program if you like pastry arts. Write, be attentive, and study, but the practice is most important.
Kul IN alumna Lea Čanakin has always been interested in pursuing pastry arts as a career. She enrolled in a pastry high school program and interned all over Croatia. A colleague from high school suggested she should further her education by enrolling in the Professional Pastry and confections program. Her pastry story comes with a mission though. Her goal is to celebrate Croatian heritage through her pastries. Do you have a similar dream or a culture you would like to preserve through your craft? If so, read Lea's story and get inspired.
Kul IN: What memories do you have of food preparation? Describe your pastry journey to us...
- Like many others, I would always bake with my mother and grandmother when I was little, but for me it was something more than just helping them out, a whole new world opened in front of me and I was determined to make pastry my profession. I already knew in elementary school that I wanted to be a pastry chef, so I enrolled in a pastry high school program in Osijek, Croatia. During high school, I went on various internships in Croatia and fell more and more in love with pastry arts. I didn’t want my education to stop with high school, so I decided to come to Kul IN and further my education through Professional Pastry and Confections program.
Kul IN: Why Kul IN?
- I want to open a pastry shop one day and but I realized I needed more knowledge, more practice, and skills. My high school colleague completed the Professional Pastry and Confections program and recommended that I enroll as well. I set out to research online, liked what I saw, and applied.
Kul IN: What are your expectations after the program?
- I acquired a lot of new skills, learned some more things, and upgraded my previous knowledge from high school and internships. At Kul IN, I had the opportunity to do pastry decorations I had never made or seen before. After the program, I hope to get a good job at a good hotel and gain as much experience and ability as possible, so I'm ready when I open my pastry shop one day.
Kul IN: Which lesson did you like the most? Favorite dessert you prepared on the program?
- I liked the mousses and glazing. I have to single out the chocolate mousse as my favorite dessert from the program.
Kul IN: What do you like to prepare in your free time?
Kul IN: Is there a style of pastries you particularly like?
- I would love to serve Croatian, homemade, old pastries in my pastry shop. My goal is to stay in Croatia and contribute to the preservation of Croatian tradition through my pastries. We often underestimate "grandma's cakes", and we are not even aware of how special they are, for example, an American colleague from the program is impressed by the dishes that we find mundane. Also, I want to make modern cakes for special occasions, of course.
Kul IN: What would you say to potential students?
- It is worth enrolling in the program if you like pastry arts. Write, be attentive, and study, but the practice is most important. Studying at Kul IN was a very nice experience, you meet new people from all over the world!