By Patricia Aleckzandra | Foodfindsasia
The love for cooking is one of many traits Filipinos have in common. Around the world, Pinoys have exhibited excellence when it comes to food preparation. In the Philippines, there is a growing number of institutions that offers culinary courses. One of these is the Center for Culinary Arts.
Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) is an institution that provides world-class culinary education. For almost two decades now, it has produced well-known personalities around the globe.
To celebrate CCA’s 19 years of high quality education, a delicious cook-off held. The goal was to create the hottest and most mouth-watering street food for 2016. Each team consists of four- six students from each houses. Paired with celebrity chefs along with their respective instructor. The Kitchen Kings, Meal Masters, Culinary Champions and Gastronomic Gurus. They had two weeks of preparation.
One could savor into the recipes each team prepared and sold for Php190 on the CCA grounds. The selling price of the dishes was symbolic of the event. Actual prices of the street food ranged from Php20-40.
The criteria for judging: innovation , taste, preparation, and presentation, the team with high number of hastags on social media, and the fastest to sell everything from 6AM-9PM win.
The competing dishes from easy-to-find equipment in a typical karenderia (eatery) such as grills, deep-fry pot, and rice cookers. The thrust for the occasion was to make a way, or a living, out of poverty for the CEF scholars.
With this said, the proceeds of the event will go to the Culinary Education Foundation (CEF) Cook for Life’s scholars. Cook for Life has been a beneficiary of Manila Food and Wine Festival food-truck celebrity cook-off since 2012. CEF chooses 200-300 scholars for their program through church organization nominees, chef celebrity endorsers or relatives of CCA employees.
CCA’s vision of fulfilling the culinary dreams does not stop in teaching students. But helping them gain experience and equipping them with skills for their future employment. They also see to it that they build character and sense of professionalism through various extra-curricular activities such as cook-offs, grand balls, talent contest and sports festivals.