Learn to cook at CIC

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

YOU don't have to go far away from home, traveling, missing your family and paying P400,000 to enroll in culinary schools in Manila to become a chef as the Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro (CIC), the first in Northern Mindanao, now offers a personalized training for commercial cooking in different foreign cuisines from renown chef's in Manila.

In CIC, students will only invest P60,000 to be paid in installment to learn how to cook. The school is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities -- from modern kitchens, mini library, well-trained chef, NC2 certified -- it is indeed a small investment, compared to other culinary schools. But students would be earning a bright future.

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Eden Baldelovar, school administrator of CIC, assures to those who wish to be a part of their school that they would become a world-class chef.

"The students will be having a strenuous training within eight months, to impart to them what it is to know in the world of culinary. Their skills in cooking will further be enhanced, and teach them the right attitude so by the time they will finish the course, they will be competent to the other chefs who studied in much expensive culinary schools," Baldelovar says.

A close monitoring of the students will be applied, instruction manual a very congruent, and lectures are well-programmed from textbooks, she adds.

She also says students will be assessed intellectually through a diagnostic exam, written and practical every month.

"We have three celebrity chefs from manila, one of which is chef Hasset Go, a frequent visitor of a morning show in ABS-CBN, to demonstrate cooking. One is a resident chef who will take turns in ensuring the students all that it is to learn from them," Baldelovar says.

What so good about CIC, she says, is that after the duration of the course, students would be given a certificate from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) and would be required to undergo an on-the-job training in any hotels all over Mindanao or at any hotel that are accredited with the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (Cohara) after which, a chef diploma will be given, eligible at any expensive hotels all over Philippines, and perhaps the world.

"There is no other school like us that incorporates teaching in culinary, Science and teaching strategies," Baldelovar says.

Chef Ryan Binongo, CIC resident chef and a graduate of International Culinary School, says they are confident that CIC can produce world-class chefs and nutritionists.

"Students would learn how to calculate the amount of nutrition needed for a certain menu, which is not applicable to other schools," he says.

This summer, Binongo says they are on the process of accepting enrollees, including children for CIC's Kiddie Chef Short Course and teenagers for the Teen Chef Course.

The Kiddie Chef Course is for children aged seven to 12 who will learn all about culinary arts for only P2,000 for a two-hour session twice a week good for one month.

The kids would be taught how to bake and the basics in the kitchen so they will have an idea on the basic cooking.

"It is guaranteed safe. The chef and other assistants will assist the children. We have a kid-friendly kitchen," Binongo says.

For the Teen Chef training, this is available for those aged 13 and up who would be trained every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for three hours.

The course is to encourage teenagers to cook and enhance further their passion for coking.

Baldelovar says one need not be a degree holder to study at CIC as high school graduates are welcome as long as they are capable of following instructions and have not been diagnosed with Hepatitis and Tuberculosis.

Those interested may visit CIC at the 3rd floor of Legacy Building, Antonio Luna St. (near Professional Regulations Commission), call (088) 30919 or email at cic_cdo@yahoo.com.

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