Heny Sison, the country’s premier cake designer and pastry chef, probably did not forsee her success in the field when she started out in her work. She was once an economic researcher and finance analyst, and only later found herself pulled to the art of baking.
It was in 1985 that she put up the Heny Sison School of Cake Decorating and Baking and started teaching baking and cake decorating to an initial class of five students in an informal condo setting. The number of students grew, and by 1987, she renamed the school to Heny Sison Culinary School and branched out to include cooking in the courses offered, with cuisines such as Italian, French and Thai becoming part of the menu.
And Heny is certainly very well qualified for her role. Her culinary training background includes the Wilton School of Cake Decorating in Illinois; L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, Maryland; Maid of Scandinavia in Minneapolis (under Rland Winbeckler, Marsha Winbeckler and Marie Grainger); the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in Napa Valley; and Draeger’s Culinary Center in California.
With years of extensive experience and training, Heny Sison remains a big name in the culinary arts. Apart from teaching, she is also a Director of Petal Craft International and of Cake Art International, and a member of the International Cake Exploration Society and the Bread Bakers Guild of America. Moreover, she assists in promoting San Miguel Pure Foods to the people through cooking demonstrations held in public venues.
As for the Heny Sison Culinary School, she has activities lined up to celebrate its 20th anniversary, which will coincide with the opening of its Makati branch. She also wishes to build a one-stop shop for chefs, which will include a café, school and store.
Heny’s success in teaching lies in not only being an expert on the subject, but also inspiring her students. She warns young chefs that cooking and baking are not all glamour, and that passion for the art plays a big role in achieving success. She also cites the importance of sharing knowledge, motivating students, honesty, dedication and a good relationship with the people you work with.
These words of wisdom summarize Heny’s own road to success. It is not difficult to see why this humble and personable woman is not only successful but also well-loved.