“Our mission is to empower and connect our community by igniting people’s passion for real food”
The Origin Story
Because food brings us together…
It starts with a family ritual
My own story is steeped in a deep respect for food and traditions based on my French Cambodian heritage. My parents migrated to France in 1975 after fleeing the Cambodian civil war. Arriving with very little including a lack of local knowledge and language, assimilation wasn’t easy – but through dogged determination and hard work, my parents eventually settled in this new country, developing a successful business venture and raising a family.
Despite the long working days in this new country, my parents always made time to cook dinner and share this ritual with my siblings and I each evening. When I asked my mum how she managed to find the energy to cook after her long working days, her response was always the same –
“You, your brother and sister are the source of our success. Seeing you happy at the dining table each evening reminds us why we are working so hard’’
Just as my parents taught me the importance of family and rituals all those years ago, our mission for VIVE Cooking School is to empower individuals through the cooking and sharing of nourishing food with family and friends. More than that, we hope to educate and enable a deeper connection with the artisans responsible for growing, selecting and selling the produce that ends up on our plates.
And so VIVE was born
VIVE Cooking School is a tribute to my hard-working and nurturing mother and father. My parents have since left France and moved back to Cambodia where they have created an incredible restaurant that goes by the name of Happy Family – a place to come together, cook and share with our ever-extending family and friends.
We are very much on the same path – we hope you will also join our culinary journey.
Jean-Luc Tan – Founder MD
We connect you with experienced and engaging chefs passionate to help you release your inner chef!
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More than a school, VIVE is a collection of network and relationship with companies and people that support our vision and values.
Australia’s leading supplier of unique, high-quality stone, tiles, architectural surfaces including VIVE’s porcelain kitchen benchtop.
Technology with Style, an award-winning Italian manufacturer that is renowned for its distinctive luxury kitchen appliance designs.
Named “The Rolls-Royce” of non-stick pans, this Swiss manufacturer crafts every single pan with scrupulous attention to detail.
Since Francis Staub designed the iconic “Cocotte” in 1974, the brand is the embodiment of French craftsmanship and aesthetic.
The reference for non-stick pans and kitchen appliances.
The Chef’s preferred pasta-making machine to make beautiful homemade pasta from scratch.
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