Want to Learn How to Cook? Choose From These Culinary Schools in Manila
Learn how to cook, bake, and put up your own resto or business at these schools!
Learning how to cook can be as varied as an experience depending on one’s culinary goal. Whether the end goal is to learn to be a home cook, a pastry expert, or a professional chef, choosing a culinary school can be daunting if not confusing, to say the least.
Here are a few places in Metro Manila that have earned their reputations in different specialties in the culinary field which will school you on cooking and baking skills to dish out mouth-watering creations that please the senses—whether it is in a home kitchen, a carinderia, a family restaurant, or a fine dining establishment.
Academy for International Culinary Arts
2/F Skyway Twin Towers, Capt. Henry P. Javier Street, Pasig City
Academy for International Culinary Arts (AICA) has programs for a premiere diploma program, diploma for international culinary arts, and a diploma for advanced culinary arts and professional kitchen management. You can also choose special elective programs such as bartending, catering, and front of the house classes.
Contact AICA at 672-2271 or check their website at www.aicaculinary.com.
Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) Manila
287 Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City
139 H.V. dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City.
CCA Manila offers academic courses, signature series classes which range from one-day classes to 6-month classes, and also seasonal classes such as catering boot camp classes.
CCA Manila also has a new campus in Makati for its flagship program where its students will be trained under French Michelin-star chefs and master chefs through Disciples Escoffier Diploma in Culinary Arts, a six-month introductory course developed by the Center for Culinary Arts, Manila (CCA, Manila) and Institute Culinaire Disciples Escoffier (ICDE) of Hong Kong. ICDE is the professional culinary school of Disciples Escoffier International, a non-profit organization with presence in 26 countries and has more than 25,000 members that include the world’s most prominent chefs, guided by the standards established by legendary chef Auguste Escoffier.
Its curriculum is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). The school offers a two-year (diploma) program in Culinary Arts and Technology Management and a one-year (certificate) program in Baking and Pastry Arts.
1100 Campus Avenue McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634, Metro Manila.
Enderun College’s Fort Bonifacio campus is a state-of-the-art facility, the two-hectare campus which set new standards for culinary education in the region with facilities such as a wide selection library of management and hospitality-related resources, a student-manned luxury boutique hotel, and recreational facilities (lounges, meeting rooms and restaurants), and even a studio theatre style kitchen.
Enderun offers bachelor’s degree and non-degree courses in the fields of Hotel and Restaurant Management and the Culinary Arts. Students are trained in culinary competencies but are also required to take classes in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and practical or physical sciences to develop their whole body of knowledge and apply it to their culinary profession.
Enduran has partnered with Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland and Alain Ducasse Formation, Yeungnam University, and the Thunderbird School of Global Management to provide a global stage of learning and hands on experiences for its students.
Contact Enderun College at 638-5555 and 636-1614. For more information, log on to www.enderuncolleges.com
Global Culinary & Hospitality Academy
4F Millenium Place, Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
118 Jupiter St. Barangay Bel-air, Makati City
Global Culinary and Hospitality Academy offers technical and professional courses so that its students can secure immediate employment in their field of specialty by connecting them with industry partners and Academy-owned food service and hospitality businesses.
Aside from professional courses (international cuisine, modern cooking, baking and pastry, modern and professional culinary arts), the school also offers epicurean lab lifestyle courses like kitchen essentials, baking, coffee boot camp, pasta and pizza, Mediterranean kitchen, and sweet holiday giveaways.
Chefs from different countries are also invited to hold workshop seminars for its students. One of the founders, Chef Roberto Pengson, helps his students imbibe the technical and mental framework to be competitive in the industry. Global Academy is the first culinary school in the Philippines to receive The World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Recognition of Quality Culinary Education.
Contact Global Academy at 638-5949. Visit their website at www.globalacademyph.com.
Heny Sison Culinary School
33 Boni Serrano Avenue corner Sunrise Drive, Crame, Quezon City
Heny Sison exemplifies how one can re-invent oneself and turn from an economic researcher and financial analyst to become one of the country’s most well-known culinary experts. Her love for desserts has enabled her to churn out delectable pastries and cakes, making many flock to the Heny Sison School of Cake Decorating and Baking. Later the name was changed to Heny Sison Culinary School with the addition of other culinary programs.
Sison’s learnings at the Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery in Woodridge, Illinois; L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, Maryland; Maid of Scandinavia in Minneapolis under Roland Winbeckler, Marsha Winbeckler and Marie Grainger; the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, Napa Valley; and Draeger’s Culinary Center in California makes her pastry and baking skills one to emulate and one can start with either Lifestyle Classes, Essential Cooking Series, and Essential Baking & Pastry Series.
The boutique style of their school allows for a more intimate set up of learning to provide a more hands on and supervised experience as class slots are limited per course.
Contact Heny Sison Culinary School at 726-5316, 412-7792; fax 412-7792; e-mail [email protected]
International School for Culinary Arts & Hotel Management (ISCAHM)
4F FBR Bldg, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
Founded by Hansjorg Schallenberg and Norbert Gandler, International School for Culinary Arts & Hotel Management (ISCAHM) offers short courses as well as full courses in the hospitality industry. The school is currently offering Diploma in Culinary Arts & Kitchen Management and Diploma in Pastry and Bakery Arts & Kitchen Management. Short courses are also being offered such as Fundamentals in Culinary Arts, Fundamentals in Pastry Arts, and Flavors of Asia which are three-month certificate courses with once a week sessions.
ISCAHM has both hot and cold kitchens, a bakeshop and patisserie, a student restaurant, and classrooms with modern audio-visual facilities.
Classes start April 2017. ISCAHM also has locations in Cebu and Pampanga. Visit the website at www.iscahm.com.
Sylvia Reynoso Gala Culinary Art Studio
181 Shaw Blvd., Pasig City
Sylvia Reynoso-Gala, a Gold Medalist at the Academia de Gastronomos in Madrid Spain, made her a kitchen icon. Her son, Ernest, continues to carry the family food torch, preserving family recipes and adding his own recipes to the Gala repertoire.
In the Gala kitchen, each workstation features one sink, one preparation table, one high powered stove with oven, one deep fryer, and one exhaust hood. To maximize hands-on culinary training, each workstation will only have a maximum of 2 students.
The courses offered are: Level I - Chef de Partie, Level II - Sous Chef , Level III - Chef de Cuisine, +++ Level I - Chef de Partie(Station Chef or Line Cook) +++, Level I - Chef de Partie, +++ Level II - Sous Chef
Contact Sylvia Reynoso Gala Culinary Arts Studio at 671-4472, 671-4489. Visit the website at www.sylviareynosogala.com.
Gala Stars Culinary School
Gala Stars Culinary School is beside the Sylvia Reynoso Gala Culinary Arts Studio, where Sylvia Reynoso-Gala’s children—Morella Reynoso-Gala and Ernest Reynoso Gala—lead the classes. Short courses, long courses, and TESDA courses such as commercial cooking and ship’s catering are offered.
They school has state-of-the-art facility allows students to work hands-on in mastering the various cooking methods. Long courses start on April 24, 2017.
Register online via www.galastarsculinary.com or contact Gala Stars Culinary School at 671-4489.
Rm. 203, Victoria Villa, 28 M. Cuenco Street, Quezon City
Founded by the husband-and-wife team of Jerry and Eleanor Ty, food enthusiasts who turned their dream into a reality. Eleanor Ty is a Hotel & Restaurant Management, Magna cum Laude graduate of Trinity College of Quezon City (now Trinity University of Asia) and uses her training to partner her technical knowledge with the passion for food.
Kitchen Hobbies offers Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and an Asian cooking series which helps hone one’s home cooking skills. Other courses focus on beef, chicken, seafood, and desserts. Cooking classes are held from Wednesday to Saturday, with sessions lasting for three hours.
Basic Cooking Workshop and Advanced Cooking Workshop are available for those who want to go on to more professional level of cooking than lifestyle courses.
Call Kitchen Hobbies at 742-3627, 776-5373; e-mail [email protected].
Manila Culinary and Hospitality Academy
663 J. Wright Street, Barangay Batis, San Juan
The Manila Culinary and Hospitality Academy (MCHA) is a newly-established learning institution in San Juan, City which provides world class culinary education. They have classes that lead to a diploma in culinary arts with TESDA qualifications. After completing the 7-month course and the 5-month on-the-job training, students will be issued a diploma and two national certificates from TESDA.
Contact at Manila Culinary and Hospitality Academy at 724-2756.
Magsaysay Institute Of Hospitality And Culinary Arts (MICHA)
3F Times Plaza, United Nations Avenue corner Taft Avenue, Manila
MIHCA is part of the Magsaysay Group of Companies, which also owns Magsaysay Maritime Corporation (MMC). MIHCA graduates are encouraged to apply for employment at MMC and can easily secure employment there as the Human Resource Group of MMC serves the human resource requirements of the world’s largest cruise lines, resorts and tourism operations.
MIHCA makes it their mission to assist their graduates with job placements in hotels, restaurants, resorts or other hospitality establishments, in keeping with its goal to train and produce job-ready professionals in the fields of hospitality, tourism and culinary arts.
MIHCA has three campuses in the Philippines—Manila, Makati and Cebu—and a campus in Jakarta, Indonesia. Each campus houses state-of-the-art facilities including kitchen laboratories, bars and fine dining restaurants, mock-up hotel rooms and cruise cabins.
It offers courses in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, Food and Beverage, Housekeeping, Flairtending, Barista 101, Shipboard Training, Household Services, Professional Training, Travel and Tourism, Lifestyle, and Bartending.
Contact MIHCA at tel. nos. 542-9996, 526-1721. Visit their website at www.mihca.com.ph.
The Maya Kitchen
The Maya Kitchen has basic culinary classes as well a Culinary Elite Series where one can learn from the country’s renowned chefs. Classes start in April 2017.
The Maya Kitchen is at 8th Floor, Liberty Building 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City. Contact The Maya Kitchen at 892-5011 loc. 108. Visit their website at www. themayakitchen.com for a list of classes.
Tiny Kitchen Cooking School
31 Scout Tobias, Quezon City
Founded by Vicky Veloso Barrera, Tiny Kitchen Cooking School has classes for children with hands-on activities with the goal that cooking lessons promote new learnings, self-sufficiency, independence, and fun.
Classes are from Mondays to Saturdays with a 9-11 a.m. session and 2-4 p.m. session starting March 2017. The classes are individualized and kids have their own workspaces.
Advanced courses and one-day workshops are also available.
Additional text by Trixie Zabal-Mendoza