The four houses of Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) battled for the CCA Cup Aroma trophy anew during the second CCA Cup Clash of the Clans Challenge.
Liza Morales, CCA school operations manager, says its attendees tripled up from between 1,000 and 1,500 last year to 3,000 this year because of the good feedback of the competition last year.
The four houses, namely Culinary Champions, Gastronomic Gurus, Meal Masters, and last year’s winner, Kitchen Kings, battled in 13 categories including the two new categories in modern Korean cooking. CCA collaborated with aT Korea Agro-Fisheries and Food Trade Corp., a South Korean government agency, for the Korean categories.
They also adopted special apprentice members from selected high schools and college students in Metro Manila.
In the end, World Association of Chef Society (WACS)-accredited judges declared Culinary Champions as the over-all champion in this year’s cup.
The winning house did not only receive the CCA Cup Aroma trophy, but was also recognized as CCA Cooking Ambassadors, received cash prizes and prizes from the sponsors, included in school caravan tours, and got custom-made chef’s jackets.
New culinary book
The event also highlighted the soft launch of CCA professor Dr. Veritas Luna’s third of the seven volumes of the Philippine Ingredients book. It is divided in three sections – fish, shellfish, and aquatic ingredients indigenous in the Philippines.
The e-book will be available in the CCA website starting December 8.