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Moderne Culinaire Academy Launches Partnership with Malaysia’s KDU and Berjaya Universities

One of the leading culinary schools in the Philippines, Moderne Culinare Academy specializes in helping its students understand the more technical and business side of the hospitality industry, all while encouraging their culinary talents.

The school’s mission is to provide excellence in culinary education, and thus, they provide students with modern techniques with a strong culinary foundation and practical skills through a hands-on approach.


Moderne Culinaire Academy aims to help their students become the best in their chosen field, and they do this by giving them opportunities to take part in outstanding culinary and hospitality programs. This year, Moderne Culinaire Academy partnered with the prestigious KDU University College and Berjaya University College of Hospitality in Malaysia.

Those enrolled under MCA’s Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts and Kitchen Management program now have the option to go to Malaysia after their two-year certificate course and continue their studies further on either campus.

Upon completion of the additional two years, they will be rewarded with a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts Management. Should they wish to pursue a Master’s Degree, they only need to study for one more year.


Students who undergo this program will certainly have an advantage when the time comes for them to start their careers. KDU University boasts of an impressive 96% employment rate for its students upon graduation in top-tier hotels and establishments. Similarly, the Berjaya University College of Hospitality will surely open doors for students since it is under the famed Berjaya Group, one of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates which operates various businesses such as F&B, resort management, gaming and casinos, and many others. For those who dream of having a first-rate career in restaurants, cruise ships, hotels, resorts, and food and retail industry, or those who wish to have food businesses, an education with Moderne Culinaire Academy and these universities in Malaysia will surely give them an edge!


To celebrate the launch of their partnership programs, Moderne Culinaire Academy extended an invitation to me and other bloggers to a formal five-course meal.

We were all looking forward to the dinner, but before that, we were first briefed about the activities for the day inside one of their classrooms.



Dessert comes first! Before we had our dinner, we first spent time with Chef Markus Elegino of Markus Patisserie Bistro (The Boy Who Bakes) for a lesson on making cupcakes. Chef Markus went to George Brown Culinary College of Canada for Culinary and Pastry Art Business Management, where he received the highest honor of Valedictorian. This got him into the Ecole Nationale Supierior de Patisserie in Lyon, France.

Chef Markus taught us a thing or two about making the perfect cupcake, and also showed us various ways of making the frosting, such as the usual swirl, the “rose swirl,” and the “stars.”

Because Moderne Culinaire Academy uses the hands-on approach of teaching, they encouraged us bloggers to try our hand at designing our cupcakes! We used two kinds of frostings: meringue buttercream and chocolate. They were both good, but the meringue buttercream was more exceptional for me. It was creamy and light, with the right amount of sweetness, and it had that “classy cupcake” taste.

I’m no baker, but thanks to Chef Markus who was there to guide us as we created the frosting, I managed to make a nice-looking cupcake! I might have put a little too much frosting though! Chef Markus commented “Wow! You do like your frosting!” Yes, I do!



Before having dinner, we had a quick tour of the school and its facilities. The school is actually small, but the facilities are complete and modern, and everything the students need to achieve culinary mastery is readily available.

The lobby. (The stairs look wonky because I used the panorama settings in my phone)
Kitchen 1
Kitchen 2 where the students were preparing the dishes for our five-course meal


A five-course meal prepared by a culinary school? For sure, the food would be good! That’s what everyone was really looking forward to. When we finally went to the dining hall, we were all pleasantly surprised when we saw that the place was even set up with beautiful flowers, candles, and golden decors!

We even had free-flowing wine and champagne!

APPETIZER: Maui Ahi Tuna Poke

Marinated tuna in soy sauce and sesame oil on avocado

Maui Ahi Tuna Poke

SALAD: Yam Sam O

Authentic Thai popular pomelo salad in a basket

Yam Sam O

SOUP: Bouillabaisse

Traditional French seafood stew of Provence


MAIN COURSE: Cuisses de Poulet Farci Aux Marsala

Stuffed chicken leg with marsala sauce

DESSERT: Cheese Cake

Combination of Purple Yam Cheese Cake

The dishes we had were all lovely, as expected, and they were all created with love and passion by the students of Moderne Culinaire Academy. Everything was really fine dining-quality. It was easy to tell that the talented students who made our food were trained well by the school.

Thank you for having me and Mike! We loved the food!


Moderne Culinaire also offers short courses in cooking and baking through their Global Cuisine Culinary Bootcamp and Baking and Pastry Bootcamp, which run for 4 Saturdays every month. This is perfect for busy people who can only devote a few weekends to learning about kitchen techniques, or those who simply want to learn how to whip up different cuisines or create pastries.

With their top-notch training education, Moderne Culinaire Academy really equips students with practical and advanced skills that will surely help them excel in the culinary field, not just in the Philippines, but anywhere in the world.

Moderne Culinaire Academy
Address: 155 Diego Silang Street. AFPOVAI Phase 1, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Phone: +(63) 917-700COOK /  02 843 8071

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  1. I’ve been meaning to take classes again, but I am half hearted whether to go for Culinary or Interior design. I’ve done some reading and this is the first time I’ve come across this school u just shared! I am doing more research about this one because of your article 🙂 thank you for sharing this!

  2. I definitely wanted to attend to events like this. Not only you get to have an experience on their lessons but got to taste their offers as well. I remember I wanted to study cooking but since I don’t have the money for the course, might as well learn on my own.
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  3. I would love to attend the courses of such a school! I am not a big cook but I do like cooking and learning new recipes. The five course meal you had looks amazing! And you’ve learned to make perfect cupcakes, that is so awesome! 🙂
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  4. More and more culinary schools are opening in the Philippines. It is good because Filipinos love to cook (and eat) and the institutions can help them enhance their skills which they can use to put up their own business someday.
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  5. Honestly, your blog post made me curious about the courses they offer. Not that I am meaning to enroll anytime soon. But I would love to know what courses or advanced classes are useful or interesting for me to take should I find the time and resources.
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  6. Seems cool! Culinary schools are fast opening nowadays. This one interests me as well because they have this hands-on stuff even just for the bloggers. Tempting! Would love to enroll someday!

  7. Such beautiful creations of cup cakes. I am afraid if I eat them they may get spoilt. 😛 🙂
    Culinary decoration is an art. Most often food sells because of this art
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  8. Wow, I haven’t had any experience like this and I’m sure this is truly fun. I like how the school operates as it provides good opportunity in the future for their students. I would love to learn how to make a cupcake, it must be an awesome experience. The foods are truly enticing and appearing to be luscious. Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. One thing I want to do is to actually learn how to cook, however, that’s one thing I think I’ll never be good at. I think I’m best suited to be a taste tester. Lol. But yeah, this is a great step to take culinary a notch higher.. The competition is getting tighter as there are a lot of chef enthusiasts. But I think with this program, students will get a much higher opportunity as the learning level is also higher compared to the others.
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  10. Laveena Sengar says:

    This would be a great opportunity for me to cook i feel. I am not a cook but i am sure i will learn the best of the recipes.

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