Educational Philosophy


At CCA, Manila, we believe in the natural capacity of Filipinos to become successful leaders in the global
culinary industry. We recognize the uniqueness of each student and the need to develop them not only through
our internationally accredited programs, facilities and faculty, but also to imbibe in them strong leadership and
social values that are celebrated world-wide as uniquely Filipino.

It is through this philosophy that we are able to realize our vision of fulfilling culinary dreams. With our newly
facilities such as the CCA Grand Kitchen, Coffee Academy, Culinary Research Studio and Library to our
internationally accredited Diploma and Add-on programs, we intend to provide the best learning environment
that will give each and every student access to excellent culinary education preparing them for a successful life
and career ahead.

To provide excellent culinary education, and social & leadership values among the CCA communities.

To fulfill culinary dreams.

I – INTEGRITY (We believe that excellent service begins with respect, responsibility and honesty in everything
we do.)
S – STEWARDSHIP (We believe that giving back to society and caring for its natural environment is central to
the success of any institution.)
P – PRUDENCE (We regard a high moral standard in everything we do as our responsibility to our students,
guests and other stakeholders.)
I – INNOVATION (We believe that creativity and the desire to constantly improve and find new ways of doing
things is essential in the development of our students and the culinary industry as a whole.)
C – COMMITMENT (We are committed to giving our 100% in everything we do, most specially in realizing our
vision of fulfilling culinary dreams.)



The Cravings Group of Companies established the Center for Culinary Arts, Manila in 1995. The people behind the company saw an overwhelming potential in the resourcefulness and creativity of many Filipino chefs and bakers. The group believed that given a curriculum that will provide the basic foundation of knowledge, skills and attitude, supported by a talented pool of faculty and modern facilities, the hopeful chefs and bakers will be able to make breakthroughs in the global culinary arts scene.

Thus, the conceptualization began and the dream that was the Center for Culinary Arts, Manila (CCA-Manila) was slowly actualized with much careful thought and preparation. Laying the groundwork was no easy task for the team of experts headed by Dr. John Knapp, project coordinator of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Dr. Corazon F. Gatchalian, a faculty member of the College of Home Economics of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. It took three years to assess and address the needs of the industry, develop an effective curriculum, gather a powerful team of chef instructors and to construct the building that will eventually become the home to future culinary professionals.

The CCA, Manila was finally inaugurated in November of 1996 and officially became the Philippines’ first culinary institution. It was June 1997 when CCA, Manila opened its doors to the first batch of students under the programs Diploma in Pastry Arts and Technology Management and Diploma in Pastry Arts and Technology Management. The stage was set for the education of potential chefs. Aside from culinary and baking techniques, the diploma programs aimed to develop entrepreneurial and management skills that are vital in the operation of an institutional kitchen.

In 2006, CCA, Manila was granted a three year accreditation by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF). The American Culinary Foundation is the premier organization of professional chefs based in North America and is the only recognized organization to accredit culinary arts, baking and pastry arts programs in the U.S. Today, CCA-Manila, is thefirst culinary school in the Asia-Pacific region and the second outside the U.S. to have programs accredited by the prestigious American Culinary Federation Foundation.

ACF Accreditation


To receive the ACF Seal of Accreditation is to be affirmed that one holds a world-class curriculum. In 2006, CCA, Manila was granted a 3-year programmatic accreditation by the prestigious American Culinary Federation Foundation (ACFF), the premier organization of professional culinarians and chefs in North America. ACFF is the only recognized organization to accredit culinary arts, baking and pastry arts programs in the U.S. CCA, Manila went through another successful accreditation in 2010 and today remains as the first school in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region recognized and accredited by the ACFF.

From the American Culinary Federation website:

“ACFEF accreditation assures that a program is meeting at least a minimum amount of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum and student services. Accreditation creates public trust by ensuring that the program follows established standards, has accountability and credibility standards, and maintains a high level of professionalism and up-to-date practices.”

“With thousands of chefs competing in the job market, it is essential to prove your culinary competency. Certification through the American Culinary Federation demonstrates skills, knowledge and professionalism to the food service industry.”

The Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) granted accreditation of the following programs:

  1. Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts Management
  2. Diploma in Culinary Arts and technology Management
  3. Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management


What does this accreditation mean?     

  • CCA, Manila adheres to international standards.
  • The school offers a curriculum that includes modern practices.
  • CCA, Manila ensures that our faculty members are all experienced and proven professionals in the culinary arena.
  • Graduates from CCA, Manila are more sought-after in terms of employment.


CCA, Manila aims to provide its students a venue to learn, do practical hands-on applications and interact with fellow students to maximize their education. Our facilities, which are approved by the American Culinary Federation include:

  • USDA Culinary Theatre with state of the art facilities
  • Training Kitchen Laboratories
  • Baking Kitchen Laboratories
  • Lecture Rooms
  • Library
  • School Clinic

To ensure a premium learning environment, CCA, Manila’s students also benefit from individual workstations.

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CCA’s unique nurturing approach in culinary education started with its founder, Ms. Annie Pascual – Guerrero. What started with a faculty of one mother, as she was teaching her daughter, CCA’s roster of mentors and instructors have grown and evolved to one filled with notable chefs and industry top-notch professionals.

CCA, Manila’s faculty members have strong academic preparation and industry experience that enhance the programs’ course content and laboratory activities. The chefs and instructors currently either manage their own businesses or serve as consultants to leading food establishments in the country or to government institutions and private industries.

Our faculty chefs are also encouraged to join international culinary competitions, from which they invariably bring home medals and honor. Chef Miguel Lorino, KerwinFuntanilla and Michael Cheng, to name a few, participated in the Hong Kong International Culinary Classic 2015 Competition (HOFEX). Chef Kerwin garnered bronze, Chef Michael brought home gold. Out of 250 chefs worldwide, Chef Miguel got the highest score in the Hot Kitchen categories with a score with a score of a perfect 100, earning him the Gold with Distinction award. In the same contest, he also brought home the most prestigious award of the competition – the Golden Bauhinia Cup (Western Cuisine), the only Filipino in the history of the competition to have won it.

Student Life


Life is never boring for CCA students. CCA, Manila aims to provide a balanced student life on campus. The education and career benefits that our students enjoy while they stay at our campus is balanced by the opportunity to grow, learn and experience various activities and projects through the Student Affairs and Services Office (SASO) who oversees the general program of activities for students and assists in raising the morale and achievements on the academic, psychosocial and professional levels.

Aside from the regularly held Grand Buffets where they get to showcase their culinary talents, there is the CCA Cup Clash of the Clans, alternative learning programs, the Student Exchange Program, culinary competitions, talent shows, sports competitions, a grand ball and the CCA’s Houses of Spice that they can participate in.


The Houses of Spice of CCA, Manila were created in 2012. Composed of the Culinary Champions, Gastronomic Gurus, Kitchen Kings and Meal Masters, they serve as the students’ “home away from home”, allowing them to participate in friendly but highly challenging competitions throughout the year. These competitions culminate in the much-awaited, highly anticipated Clash of the Clans (COC) where students from different houses participate in various culinary categories, judged by respected chefs in the industry. At the end of the COC, the best house is crowned the grand winner for the year.


The CCA Cup Clash of the Clans is the school’s annual culinary competition bringing out the best in its students as they vie to become culinary masters in the future. This much awaited Clash of Clans returns yearly with fiercer competitions, stronger team spirit and brilliant judges. Four Houses of Spice compete in a battle royale of culinary skills and delicate taste as they outplay, outclass, outcook and outdo each other. This activity ultimately aims to instill a sense of competition, sportsmanship, teamwork and camaraderie among CCA, Manila’s students.


CCA, Manila students can also participate in culinary tours to inspire their palates and their minds. The unique experience these culinary tours bring will not only expose their taste buds to different local and international flavors, but will also expose them to different cultures through their food traditions, ingredients and cooking techniques.


Before the end of each term, the students are given an opportunity to showcase their learnings through a grand buffet set-up where they do their own menu and event planning. This is a venue for students to highlight and present their dishes in the most creative fashion as depicted in their choice of theme as well as practice their organization and management skills.



Why CCA? Compared to other culinary school?

  1. Center for Culinary Arts, Manila is accredited by the American Culinary Federation.Today, CCA, Manila is the first culinary school in the Asia-Pacific region and the second outside the U.S. to have programs accredited by the prestigious American Culinary Federation Foundation.
  2. Industry approved curricula and facilities.
  3. We havethe most number of ACF certified professional chefs.
  4. We are the only school with actual operating food service establishments where students can practice the skills they learned.
  5. The only ISO 14001 certified culinary school.
  6. We are the only culinary school that integrates Green Chefmanship.
  7. We are the only culinary school that offers Filipino cuisine.
  8. We are the only culinary school that offers opportunities to acquire various certifications.

What are the career opportunities for me once I graduate from any of the academic programs of CCA, Manila?

You will become a professional chef who may specialize in various sub disciplines in Culinary Arts:

  1. Industry Chefs
  2. Chefprenuer – Chef consultants, Restaurateurs
  3. Research and Development Chefs
  4. Culinary Media Specialists – Food writing, Food critic, Food blogger, Celebrity Chefs, Food photograpy
  5. Culinary Educators
  6. Sustainable Chefs
  7. Health and Wellness Chefs
  8. Culinary Tourism Specialists

How much is the tuition fee?

The tuition fees will depend on the program you’re interested in, and we’ll be happy to discuss these with you comprehensively when you come and visit us at the campus.


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  • Uniform
  • Graduation Fees


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What are the payment terms?

We have flexible monthly, quarterly, and annual payment terms.

What are the payment options?

There are three modes of payment:

  • Cash
    • CCA Manila’s General Cashier does not accept CASH as payment. We advise our students to deposit cash (or even cheque) payment to our bank accounts.
  • Debit / Credit Card
    • If you wish to settle via this option, you may drop by in our campus in Katipunan, Quezon City.
    • General Cashier’s office hours are 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 6:00 PMMonday through Friday.
  • Cheque
    • General Cashier can accept payment through cheque.

How many intakes do you have in a year?

  • Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management: 2 intakes (January, June)
  • Diploma in Culinary Arts and Technology Management: 4 intakes (January, June, August, October)
  • Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts Course: 2 intakes (January, June)
  • Disciples Escoffier Diploma in Culinary Arts: 4 intakes (January, June, August, October)

What is the usual class size?

One class has 8-15 students only.

We believe in providing an individualized learning experience for all students, so they can build progressively the skillset, talent and confidence that will guide them through their culinary career.

Ratio of chef instructor per student?

The student-instructor ratio is 15:1.

What is the regular class schedule?

Classes normally start at 6:00AM to 3:00PM, Monday to Thursday.

What are the requirements for admission?

The  requirements for admission are:

  1. Should be at least a Senior High School graduate.
  2. Should pass the Kitchen Discovery Class
  3. Should pass the written exam (for Senior High School graduates)
  4. Has been cleared by a CCA accredited medical physician.

Do you accept foreign students?

Yes, we do accept foreign students.

For foreign students, kindly follow this procedure:

  • The applicant should go to the Registrar’s Office to fill up the following forms:
    • (2 copies) International Students Application Profile
    • (6 copies) Personal History Statement
    • (6 copies) Certificate of Finance
  • Submit the following requirements:
    • Birth Certificate
    • 3 pieces of 2×2 photo and 3 pieces of 1×1 photo all in white background
    • 2 letters of recommendation preferably from the Registrar’s Office, Guidance Counselor or previous teacher
    • Scholastic Records duly authenticated by the Philippines’ Service Post located in the student’s country of origin or legal residence
    • Police Clearance Certificate issued by the National Police Authorities from the student’s country of origin duly authenticated by the Philippines’ Service Post (if residency is less than 59 days)
    • NBI Clearance (if residency is more than 59 days)
    • Quarantine Medical Clearance Certificate

Passport (both photocopy and original) for verification of the latest arrival pages

Does the school conduct extracurricular activities for students like sports fests and other related activities?

Yes, we do have extracurricular activities for our students such as:

  • Grand Buffet
  • Sports Fest
  • Grand Ball
  • Culinary Tours
  • Clash of Clans

Is there an age limit to admission at CCA?

We do not have an age limit.

If my son/daughter has special needs, can he/she still apply for CCA, Manila?

Applicants with special needs are assessed by our Guidance Counselor for preparedness to engage in our programs. Appropriate programs are recommended.

Am I eligible for employment after I graduate from the diploma program?

A CCA diploma holder is already qualified for employment. However, if you wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree, all subjects taken in the Diploma in Culinary Arts and Technology Management program are all credited to the Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management program. Hence, upon graduation from the diploma program, you are automatically admitted to the bachelor’s degree program.

Do you offer accommodation for students?

The school has nearby accredited dormitories. The Admissions Team can give you a list of these dormitories.

If I am from another school? Can you credit my other subjects?

Yes, we can credit the subjects you took from your previous school. However, you need to submit a copy of your Transcript of Records and the course description of each subject you took so we can evaluate accordingly.

Are your programs TESDA accredited?

Yes, our programs are TESDA accredited.

If I am enrolled in a program, will I be allowed not to enroll on certain periods to attend to personal matters?

Yes, you may apply for a leave of absence. If you are away for more than three years, your program of study shall be re-evaluated.

Does CCA have a scholarship program?

CCA courses its outreach program through the Culinary Education Foundation. More than 500 recipients have enjoyed partial or full scholarships. You’re welcome to inquire at the CEF website.

Landline: (+632)426-4825
FB page: Culinary Education Foundation, Inc.