The country’s top culinary school, the Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) Manila, has taken a bold step forward with the opening of its new home located in the heart of Bonifacio Global City (BGC). Dedicated to providing aspiring chefs and culinary enthusiasts with real-world training, this new facility includes a grand kitchen laboratory, and a modern kitchen studio ideal for product demonstrations, private dinners, and industry events.
“Our new home is located inside the academic enclave of the University of the Philippines BGC campus for professional studies,” said Badjie Trinidad, President of CCA Manila. “Since this area is also within the University Parkway where international schools are located, our students will have easy and safe access to top destinations such as restaurants, malls, parks, offices, and residential buildings.”
Aside from the kitchen studio, CCA Manila in BGC features a grand kitchen laboratory with 45 individual cooking stations, ensuring that each student has a dedicated space for hands-on learning.
This hands-on approach, which CCA Manila has been known for, instills kitchen independence, enabling students to explore their culinary creativity while mastering essential techniques.
CCA Manila in BGC also embraces technological trends in the culinary industry, housing the latest model of the Rational iCombi Pro, induction hobs, griddles and ovens, sous vide machines, and even smoke guns. All these modern equipment and tools are for the benefit of students, and are made available through collaborations with esteemed industry partners such as Rational, Modello Kitchen, Breville, Catering Depot, Blizzard, SMEG, Nacionale Bladeworks, and ChefWorks.
CCA Manila’s curriculum is an array of comprehensive courses catering to culinary enthusiasts of all levels. The flagship program, the Diploma in Culinary Arts and Technology Management, is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF). The two-year program offers a holistic understanding of culinary techniques, kitchen management, and the art of gastronomy. Led by seasoned chef-instructors and industry experts, this program equips students with skills, creativity, and leadership necessary for success in the culinary world.
Students of this program may take further studies with the University of Asia & the Pacific (UA&P) to earn a BS in Entrepreneurial Management Major in Culinary Arts or a Diploma in Culinary Agripreneurship in partnership with the University of the Philippines, Los Baños.
Honoring the rich Filipino culinary heritage, CCA Manila also offers the “Fundamentals in Filipino Cuisine,” which bridges tradition and innovation, empowering students to reinvent classic dishes while preserving authentic flavors.
“CCA Manila is a champion of Filipino cuisine, as shown how we have continuously promoted Filipino ingredients and techniques, and proved that our chefs can be at par with the very best in the world,” said Trinidad.
For those seeking focused skill enhancement, CCA Manila’s short courses offer intensive workshops on baking, pastry arts, international cuisines, wine and beverage, digital marketing, and food entrepreneurship. The short courses are ideal for busy professionals who work on weekdays in BGC and are aspiring chefs during weekends.
here is also the Professional Chef Course, a six-month self-paced program in partnership with Rouxbe, the world’s largest online culinary school. The course provides certification and internship opportunities.
For inquiries and enrollment details, please visit the official website at http://www.cca-manila.edu.ph.