CCA Testimonials

Why they love us...

"CCA Manila gave me the tools needed to make a mark on the culinary world. I am where I am today because of my passion for what I do and the knowledge that CCA Manila bestowed upon me".
Jose Miguel “Migo” Razon
DCATM, 2004
"CCA Manila helped me build a strong foundation in the culinary world. I was able to share my knowledge with my colleagues, FNB team even to my friends and family. Mentoring, creativity, motivation, self confidence, high standards of cooking and most importantly, entrepreneurship. I am where I am today because of CCA Manila. I am proud Alumni of CCA Manila. Thank you so much and more power"!
John Kenneth Flavier
DCATM, 2004
"Thank you for promoting Rouxbe. I finished the cooking course (Culinary RX) yesterday. The course has helped me in meal planning to manage my food sensitivity. I got my certificate and also placed 9th in the Culinary RX global rankings. Thank you and more power!"
Koree
Culinary RX
“Married for 10 years, the couple’s story began way back in the Philippines during their culinary days at CCA Manila. “It all started with the taste of turon during our Filipino cuisine class, which was during Level 6,” Kim recalls. [Source: Fnbreport March 25, 2019 ] “CCA Manila has equipped us with the fundamental culinary skills and knowledge that we needed to survive and succeed in this challenging and rapidly-changing industry. CCA has also brought out the creativity in us — and this creativity definitely inspired us to see who we really are, to see what we can do, and to realise what we can accomplish. Sa amin pong Alma Mater, our beloved CCA Manila, marami pong salamat for helping us in cultivating our passion”.
Jay Marc Prieto and Kim Cudia-Prieto
DCATM 2005
"A career in any profession must be built with solid foundations. During my time in CCA Manila, its curriculum and faculty have given me the proper culinary education that I still use until today. The people that make up CCA Manila have also instilled the right attitude and professionalism towards the craft. I will always be grateful with this institution along with the Chef Instructors, Administration, Staff and Stewards that helped me develop who I am as a chef today"
Gerhard Oscar A. Gendrano
DCATM, 2004
"For someone who doesn’t have any knowledge in baking, I find this program very helpful. Chef Dahlia was nothing but helpful and very generous in sharing her expertise with us. She makes sure to check on every one of us and assess if we are able to follow her instructions."
Anonymous
Baking Club
"For someone who doesn’t have any knowledge in baking, I find this program very helpful. Chef Dahlia was nothing but helpful and very generous in sharing her expertise with us. She makes sure to check on every one of us and assess if we are able to follow her instructions."
Anonymous
Baking Club
"More recipes! please continue to provide this online program so a lot of interested and aspiring bakers will be able to benefit from this class. Thank you, CCA for making this online baking class possible, even though I am thousands of miles away and there’s a time difference. I was able to have this connection with my fellow bakers, have fun in the process, and enjoyed this class."
Anonymous
Baking Club
"I think for you to be able to learn and achieve your goal, you need to experience failure first. We encounter failure most especially when we are only beginning to walk the path to success. We will face a lot of inevitable challenges and misfortunes as we go along the way. But as long as you are willing to learn and are happy despite adversities, then that makes achieving your goal much more rewarding.
If you are passionate about cooking, you will not feel exhausted. And when you are being supported by your friends, family, and mentors, the journey to achieving your goal is not as dreadful as it may look.""
Donnie Bigcas
on being a grandwinner in the East Meets West Culinary Competition Philippines 2020.
"More recipes! please continue to provide this online program so a lot of interested and aspiring bakers will be able to benefit from this class. Thank you CCA for making this online baking class possible, even though I am thousands of miles away and there’s a time difference. I was able to have this connection with my fellow bakers, have fun in the process and enjoyed this class."
Maria Sharon Sabal
Baking Club Student
"I am always at my happiest when I am in the kitchen preparing food for my family. When I received an email from CCA that they would be offering an online Pro Cook Certification course, I knew I needed to enroll. Thank you, CCA Manila for making my culinary dream a possibility in the new normal. Not only did I gain new friends who are very supportive and encouraging, I am also continuously learning different cooking styles/techniques from my very enthusiastic chef instructors. Always proud to be part of the CCA family!"
Michele Lluz
Cooking Club
"It seems to me that CCA creates not just cooks, but chefs. They’re not just a culinary school, they’re a community with a very strong support system for their students, whether current or past. No wonder they were able to groom some of the most prominent chefs in the country and most probably, abroad too. They don’t teach purely by the book but their instructors teach selflessly and share a lot of personal knowledge and skills acquired from their vast experience and education. They take pride on their students accomplishments and look after their growth which I would say defines why they are the leading culinary school in the country. I was half hearted upon joining one of CCA’s programs because of my busy schedule. It was indeed an impromptu decision but I must say each and every class I have spent with them have been worth way more than I expected. Could’t be any happier and proud to be a part of this culinary family."
Portia Vicente
Habaluyas, Cooking Club
"Being part of Fundamentals in Baking and Pastry Arts Course (FBPAC) and an only person who doesn’t know how to do pastry at all among my colleagues, kinda intimidate me but with my mentor Chef JR and new found friends helped me so much to learn and adopt from the pastry World. Not only that but reading the books that I borrowed from ccabooksforcooks helps a lot as well! Kudos to CCA Manila! It’s worth an investment"
Pauline Carambas
FBPAC, 2021
"I was not supposed to be a chef, I wanted to be an interior designer or a graphic artist however I felt that void and something was missing I knew there was another way to showcase my artistic side and thus I ended up in the kitchen. After my internship [as part of CCA MANILA-DCATM], I fell in love with the pressure, the drama, the heat and the stress. I Finally found my place. Cooking is my way of life, it is and will always be in my DNA. There is not a day in my life that passes without me using a knife or holding a hot pan".
John Martho Buenaventura
DCATM, 2005
"At a turning point in my life, I’ve decided to switch careers, leaving behind the world of computers and finance, I dared enter the world of professional kitchens. CCA Manila has enabled and equipped me to do just that. A team of culinary rockstars mentored and guided me to be well versed and skilled to be in a professional kitchen. Laying down the correct and solid foundations gave me confidence to carry out projects and perform with flair. After daring to take the first step to this career path, I‘ve never looked back since. I’ve realized that cooking and creating food is my passion and this is where I belong. The kitchen is my new office, my knives and chopping board my new tools of the trade. I’ve not felt like I was working when at work. It’s never too late to chase your dream, no matter where you are in your life now. Choosing the right partners to help build you up is important, glad to have made the right choice with CCA Manila".
Maria Ysabelle Cruz- Bungabong
DCATM 2014
"Joined their online weekly baking class last August. Despite not being in a traditional classroom set up, the admin and Chef Dahlia were quick to respond and help out. Had a fun time learning new recipes and meeting other people who are also interested in baking."
Briana Ong
Baking Club 2020
"Had a great time. Hope to see more baking clubs available soon. :)"
Anonymous
Baking Club
"I definitely made the right decision when I enrolled in CCA Manila's Food Entrepreneurship Masterclass. I learned so many things that I was able to use in my small pastry business. Everybody was so accommodating — answering all my questions even at the wee hours of the night. I'm also very grateful to the CCA Library for providing me all the e-books I need for pursuing further studies in the culinary/pastry world!"
Patricia Collantes Antonio
Food Entrepreneur Masterclass
"I really had fun and learned a lot during the 5 weeks of baking with Chef Dahlia and my classmates. Thank you CCA Manila for doing this online baking club. I definitely gained new baking skills/techniques from this course. More power CCA Manila!"
Diane Gaddi Castaneda
Baking Club Student
"Community or group info blasts. Innovations in the industry. updates"
Maria Joy C. Marcelino
Baking Club Student
"Had a great time. Hope to see more baking clubs available soon. :)"
Briana Christelle Ng Ong
Baking Club Student
"Sourdough class. More classes on breads and pastries."
Cheryl Manuel Del Prado
Baking Club Student
"Offer more common recipes, such as baking brownies and chocolate chip cookies."
Gabriel Angelo B. Quinto
Baking Club Student
"My foundation in cooking is anchored in experience and passion. Whenever I travel, I make sure to bring a local recipe home. The main reason I enrolled in CCA is to learn the technicalities of cooking. I love that my mentors, Chef Ker and Chef Jasper both exude brilliance and humility. Thank you, CCA, for the gift of learning."
Pauline Sarmiento
Pro Cook & Cooking Club
"My intensive 80-hour days in CCA were really signifant in my culinary journey. It has opened my eyes to the reality that in order to survive in the food industry, you must be tough and committed to excellence. The FCAC program made me one! It runs through me!"
John Paul Frias
FCAC Graduate
"I learned a lot from the Halal Culinary course with CCA. It boosted my confidence to be creative with my own dishes and set the bar high for our kitchen and food safety. Thank you CCA!"
Ansary Cali
Kusinerong Maranao, Halal Graduate
"I graduated in CCA with 2 courses, Fundamentals in Culinary Arts Course and Fundamentals in Baking & Pastry Arts Course, after graduating I was engaged with the right people who guided me to become a Professional Chef. At this point I am still climbing my ladder on the top for my career, I know in the right time, right place and right moment I will reach the position I am achieving right now! Amazingly greatful to become a CCA Alumna!"
Chef Melanie Figueroa
FBPAC & FCAC Graduate
"My experience about CCA is that I learned a lot of baking and cooking techniques and how to be organized in the Kitchen. By enrolling, I realized that I really want to become a chef someday."
Gabriel Angelo B. Quinto
Cooking Club
“CCA helped me fulfill one of my lifelong dreams - to become a chef and to go back to school. They made me worthwile to become who I am today as a Chef. I still practice very much all the basics that I’ve learned for more than 20 years ago. It is very obvious in the dishes that I create because all those who have tried my cooking, that is the result of what CCA taught me. Pretty much well when into my old age, I will still be cooking- Basta kaya ko pa, I will still be cooking for people”.
Juan Martin Del Prado
DCATM 2001
"Chef Enrico Caparas started his culinary journey by graduating with a Diploma in Culinary Arts and Technology Management (DCATM) in 2003. His career with international hotel chains started as a Chef de Partie where he experienced all kitchen operations. His focus on pastries eventually led him to the position of Pastry Sous Chef at the renowned Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Currently, he is a Baking and Pastry Arts Instructor at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Alberta, Canada".
Enrico Caparas
DCATM 2003
"I graduated in CCA Manila with 2 courses, Fundamentals in Culinary Arts Course and Fundamentals in Baking & Pastry Arts Course. I was engaged with the right people who guided me to become a Professional Chef. At this point I am still climbing my ladder on the top for my career. I know in the right time, right place and right moment, I will reach the position I am achieving right now! Amazingly grateful to become a CCA Alumna!"
Melanie Figueroa
FBPAC, FCAC
"Before becoming a Chef, I always knew that it's not an easy process. CCA Manila made "learning" easy for me. The courses, the students, the school admins esp the Chef Instructors made it a fun and worthy experience that i cannot forget because even if i am an alumna already, i still get support from everybody. As a Food Entrepreneur, me being part of CCA brought my level up as a dessert chef.And despite the pandemic, the knowledge I have gained during our classes helped me and my company in so many ways - my humble creations even have reached the global media and market. Thanks a plenty to CCA Manila!
Princess Rosario-Sandiego
FBPAC, 2019
"I really had fun and learned a lot during the 5 weeks of baking with Chef Dahlia and my classmates. Thank you CCA Manila for doing this online baking club. I definitely gained new baking skills/techniques from this course. More power CCA Manila!"
Anonymous
Baking Club
"I had a great time learning and being with my Instructor and virtual classmates every Saturday. Thank you so much CCA Manila. I think since we are part of the CCA family now, students from the baking club should be given equal opportunities to be featured on your social media accounts e.g. Instagram. 😊"
Anonymous
Baking Club
"I just graduated from Online Food Entrepreneur Masterclass. I learned how to do proper costing for my products with my mentor, Chef Jasper. CCA admin and Librarian are very approachable, friendly, and accommodating as well. Good Job CCA 👍."
Gem Irong-Babiera
Food Entrepreneur Masterclass
"For someone who doesn’t have any knowledge in baking, I find this program very helpful. Chef Dahlia was nothing but helpful and very generous in sharing her expertise with us. She makes sure to check on every one of us and assess if we are able to follow her instructions."
Michele A. Lluz
Baking Club Student
"I had a great time learning and being with my Instructor and virtual classmates every Saturday. Thank you so much CCA Manila. I think since we are part of the CCA family now, students from baking club should be given equal opportunities to be featured on your social media accounts e.g. Instagram. 😊"
Darrell Monreal Desales
Baking Club Student
"More sessions please."
Karen Lao
Baking Club Student
"As a graduate from the pioneer culinary school of the Philippines, I can honestly say that the instructors and curriculum of CCA Manila helped tremendously with my application to different restaurants here in the Philippines and other countries so that i can start my journey on being a Chef. Even after graduating, CCA Manila helps out not only their current students, but also their alumni with their E-Library which can be accessed through messaging an instagram account (@ccabooksforcooks). I have borrowed a few books from their e-library and the person who handles the account works efficiently and is very accomodating, I received the copies of the books within minutes! Thank You CCA!"
Nikki Ocson
DCATM Graduate
"I didn’t have to think twice when enrollment for CCA Manila opened up. The recipes they give are flawless and the end result is always outrageously good. It’s been a wonderful experience, and the Chefs and staff have made it easy for me to learn, willing to answer every single question I have. The CCA Library has been extremely helpful as well, extending the books I need immediately after I seek it out."
Cheryl Delprado
Baking Club
"CCA, Manila prepared me to land my dream jobs locally and overseas. I took Certificate in Culinary Arts, and Diploma in Baking & Pastry Arts Management and graduated in 2011. It’s been a decade since then and as I go further in my career, I truly believe it is my intensive CCA education and training that opened more doors for me. As an educator, cookbook author, pastry chef, and now business owner, I fondly look back that it was in CCA where I started. My favourite school facility was the CCA Library filled with large array of cookbooks and references, it inspired me as a students to someday write my own cookbook and build a personal culinary library. My complete CCA Manila student life experience was the key to the doors that led me to my biggest chef dreams."
Chef Joyce Calayag
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