Learning how to cook has always been a struggle and a wish of mine. I have always wanted to take cooking classes, I used to pester my parents for cooking classes back when I was in elementary. Now that I will soon be a mom, the wish to learn grows even stronger. Luckily, I was invited to attend a cooking class at Manila Culinary and Hospitality Academy last July 9, 2016.

The culinary academy had a large facility, it had multiple floors to accomodate the various needs of its students. Their kitchens were fully equipped with the necessary tools for learning.

I was excited to learn how to cook but I also thought about what I should wear. I chose an all black outfit since I wanted to be prepared in case things get messy. Oh, and I will blog about my outfit separately and maybe shed a little light on my being a soon-to-be mom.

Our instructor was none other than Nestle Demo Chef Fats Palma. We had an hour of lecture followed by 3 hours of hands-on cooking. For the lecture, we were given a choice of topics namely recipe, cooking methods and HACCP. We could only discuss one topic since we only had little time to do so, we were only here one night after all. Our choice of topic was the cooking methods such as roasting, simmering and etc.

Now, for the exciting part, our dish of the night was chicken cordon bleu, one of my favorite chicken dishes. We were divided into four groups, chicken, bechamel sauce, vegetables and potatoes. At first, I was assigned to the bechamel sauce but I ended up prepping the chicken as well as helping out with the bechamel sauce.

Overall, I had a blast that night but at the same time, I realized that I still had a lot to learn and understand when it comes to cooking. For some of the parts, I hesitated, good thing Isaac was there with me to guide me in some of the steps. After a night of cooking, it was off to 7 Flavors for us.

Do you want to learn how to cook and finally slash off an item in your bucket list? Be it cooking professional or just for fun, check out Manila Culinary and Hospitality Academy for an affordable and enriching culinary learning experience. Get a diploma or take a short course, you’ll definitely get a new experience worth Instragaming about. Who knows, you might even be the next Chef Boy Logro!

Manila Culinary and Hospitality Academy is located at #663 J. Wright Street, Barangay Batis San Juan City. The academy offers diploma in culinary arts covering 2 fundamental TESDA qualifications namely Cookery NCII and Bread and Pastry Production NCII as well as the following short courses: Basic Culinary Arts Fundamentals, Cooking Around the World in 12 Sessions and Pastry Arts Fundamentals.