Davin Mao loves to cook and make pastries. Now she’s making it her career. The 24-year-old Cambodian chef sat down with Southeast Asia Globe on the last day of classes of her third semester at the Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia, in Phnom Penh. She said she worked as a cashier at a car dealership before entering the program, and that she wants to be an executive chef someday. Davin received one of the 15 privately funded scholarships made available to Khmer students each year. She’s also preparing to leave Cambodia for the first time in her life when she flies to Switzerland for a month of training through the academy.
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