CCA Manila leads the way in Filipino culinary education

CULINARY school CCA Manila announces the launch of its groundbreaking course, Fundamentals in Filipino Cuisine.

As a pioneer in the culinary arts industry, CCA Manila takes the lead in owning the narrative of Filipino cuisine education, offering students a comprehensive program that celebrates the rich heritage and flavors of Filipino gastronomy.


CCA Manila students plating one of the dishes during a Filipino-themed dinner, inspired by Filipino games such as piko, sipa and tagu-taguan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Recognizing the need to promote and protect Filipino culinary heritage, the Special Committee on Creative Industries and Performing Arts (SCCIPA) of the Lower House of Representatives called for the worldwide promotion of Filipino cuisine in 2020. This initiative aims to create job opportunities and foster economic and social progress through the Filipino food value chain.

In response to the growing demand for professional Filipino culinary arts education, CCA Manila took the initiative to develop the Fundamentals in Filipino Cuisine Course. At the time, there were no culinary schools in the Philippines offering specialized training in Filipino culinary arts.

With the anticipation of the approval of the bill on the promotion of Filipino cuisine and gastronomy, CCA Manila laid the groundwork for education and training in this area.



The Fundamentals in Filipino Cuisine Course is a comprehensive 16-day short course designed to provide students with a deep appreciation of Filipino gastronomy, cuisine, and heritage. Through hands-on training, students will gain essential skills in ingredient selection and preparation, cooking and plating techniques, and palate calibration of basic selected Filipino dishes. The course covers the culinary traditions of all 17 regions of the country, showcasing the diverse flavors and techniques that make Filipino cuisine unique.

To celebrate the launch of this exciting course, CCA Manila will host a kick-off event on June 26, featuring John Sherwin Felix, a young food and agricultural heritage advocate and founder of Lokalpedia. Felix will share his insights on popularizing Filipino food heritage ingredients, and students will have the opportunity to sample some of the ingredients he has brought from his research trips.

“With this program, we aim to train a new generation of culinary professionals who will showcase the unique flavors and heritage of Filipino cuisine. By offering this course, we take pride in our leadership in owning the narrative of Filipino culinary education,” CCA Manila program manager chef Kerwin Funtanilla said.

The course curriculum focuses on developing key competencies in food safety and sanitation, knife skills, cooking methods, food presentation, and techniques specifically applied to Filipino cuisine.

By the end of the program, students will be proficient in preparing and cooking a wide array of Filipino dishes using appropriate techniques. They will also learn to present these dishes in a way that incorporates internationally acceptable techniques, allowing them to showcase the beauty and richness of Filipino cuisine to a global audience.

As part of the course, students will have the incredible opportunity to go beyond the classroom and embark on two field trips to renowned culinary establishments that truly embody the essence of Filipino cuisine. These immersive excursions offer firsthand experiences, giving students the chance to deepen their appreciation for the intricate artisan culinary techniques and exceptional culinary products that define Filipino cuisine.

Enrollment for the Fundamentals in Filipino Cuisine Course is now open.


Article Source – The Manila Times – https://www.manilatimes.net/2023/06/15/campus-press/cca-manila-leads-the-way-in-filipino-culinary-education/1896174

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