Siam Carving Academy (SCA) was established in 2005 by award-winning Master Carver, Wan (Loang) Hertz and Director, Larry Hertz. Wan brings over 25 years of experience and a lifelong passion to the art of carving. In the casual and welcoming Bangkok studio, each course is tailored to the student, with a focus upon what they want to master and their level of skill. Wan has developed an effective teaching method that makes it possible for students to learn remarkable skills in a short period of time. As a result, SCA has been recognized, worldwide, as one of the best places to learn the culinary art of fruit & vegetable carving. We are currently launching our International On-Site Instruction Program for groups and at special rates. Soon, we will be hosting training events world-wide. In addition to our culinary instruction, Siam Carving Academy creates spectacular fruit and vegetable carving presentations and demonstrations for weddings, conventions and other special events.Fruit and vegetable carving courses are available in for the beginner, intermediate and experienced carver. We welcome students of all ages, from all walks of life and from across the globe. Classes are taught in English – however, be assured that you can and will learn the techniques, regardless of your language skills.
How It All Got Started
The traditional culinary art form of fruit and vegetable carving is known as Kae Sa Lak and originated 700 years ago with an imaginative Consort to King Phra Ruang. Nang Nopphart, decorated a floating lamp with an elaborate arrangement of flowers and birds carved from fruit and vegetables and sent it adrift on the river for good luck. King Phra Ruang found the lamp so elegant and beautiful, that he declared the carvings within it to be an official art heritage of Thailand.
Since then, the culinary art of fruit and vegetable carving has been a Royal Art preserved and advanced by the women of the Royal Court. In the mid-twentieth century, the culinary art form began to take hold outside of Thailand. Today, fruit and vegetable carvings can be found on cruise ships, fine-dining restaurants, hotels, weddings, corporate functions, exhibitions, trade shows, product launches, grand openings, and conventions. For more information and to contact us please click here.