A six-figure salary, a chance to see the world, an opportunity to taste the best food and a prospect to work in the best kitchens and be trained by Michelin-starred chefs await students taking up a diploma course in the country’s top culinary school—the Center for Culinary Arts.
“The foodservice industry is booming. Hotels and restaurants are opening left and right. Cruise ships are filled with tourists. Due to the increase in demand for good food, a career in the culinary industry has become one of the highest-paying jobs in the world,” said Dr. Veritas Luna, chancellor of CCA Manila.
Recent industry reports reveal that a top executive chef may earn as much as a corporate executive or even higher. Even entry-level jobs in the culinary industry are at par with salaries of those entering the BPO and engineering industries.
With the industry’s evident fast-paced growth, competition is also tighter. One must be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to advance in this cutthroat industry. A degree in culinary arts, such as the one that can be earned at CCA Manila, could be a ‘gold ticket’ towards the path to success.
“Culinary schools allow their students to learn the basics, ensuring versatility and mastery. They are introduced to various techniques, styles, cuisines, and anything that is relevant to their chosen field of expertise,” said Luna.
At CCA Manila, students undergo intensive hands-on training. After hundreds of hours of training, with lecture and guidance by chef-instructors, students become more skilled, prepared and better in handling the pressure inside a kitchen.
“Students can also widen their network by meeting other culinary professionals. Other relevant skills are also taught such as the business side of the industry. CCA Manila has partnerships, for example, with the Thames for equipping our students with entrepreneurship skills so their restaurants, commissaries, coffee shops, or canteen can prosper. They can even learn management, people skills, and even cost-benefit analysis of their food inventory,” said Luna.
Being in the industry for 22 years, CCA Manila is the pioneer and has already established its reputation in the industry. The school offers a variety of options for students, allowing them to have the freedom to explore and master their chosen field of expertise.
The school invites chefs from abroad and significant figures in the industry to expose students to the practices of the world’s best.