Recently, the Center for Culinary Arts, one of the top culinary schools in the Philippines, unveiled four of its newest facilities. I was very fortunate to have been invited to this event along with representatives from the media, members of the culinary arts academe community, and other bloggers.
A Unique Open House Event
Instead of the usual group tours done during this kind of event, the Center for Culinary Arts gave the attendees the freedom to roam around each of the four different facilities. We were allowed to spend as much time as we wanted in each of the new areas.
As an incentive, each of the attendees to this culinary event was given a passport that showed the location of the four different facilities. We were then to give this passport to a representative stationed at each of the facilities. Once we completed all the four stamps, we can then exchange the passport for some giveaways to take home with us.
My Tour of the New Facilities of the Center for Culinary Arts
Here is a slideshow to give you a tour around the new facilities as I did during the launch:
The CCA Add-Ons offer a series of short training programs on cooking, baking, and catering. There are basic and advanced courses designed for culinary arts students, working chefs, and food enthusiasts alike. Depending on the program, these courses can last anywhere from a few days to three months.
The Coffee Academy
This was my favorite area of all the four facilities, partly because of my love for coffee.
As its name implies, the Coffee Academy is now the coffee training arm of the Center for Culinary Arts. Here, they offer a series of coffee training programs where they will teach you everything there is to learn about coffee.
The cozy and inviting interior of the Coffee Academy also doubles up as one of the new function venues inside the Center for Culinary Arts. It’s a great place to hold meetings and small functions. They even have team building programs designed for corporate events, guaranteed get everyone awake and perked up.
The Culinary Research Studio
Here is where now all the magic happens at the Center for Culinary Arts, so to speak. This research lab facility was set up as part of the culinary school’s commitment not only to prepare aspiring students for a successful career. This research lab is where they can be trained to provide creative solutions to food service operations by combining food science principles and the latest in culinary technology.
The Center for Culinary Arts Grand Kitchen
Last, but certainly not the least, is their Grand Kitchen. Covering a total area of 200 square meters, this kitchen is huge. Why the ginormous kitchen? Chef Mel explained that because of the increasing number of students wanting to earn a culinary arts degree, they needed a newer kitchen that can fit all of them at one time.
At the same time, the Grand Kitchen is the realization of the dream of the Center for Culinary Arts to become a culinary school that is environmentally friendly. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow much more light into the kitchen, so they don’t need any lights during the day. The high ceilings assist in the ventilation of the area while the state of the art equipment all meet the “green living” standards.