International Diploma in Professional Culinary Arts & Baking and Pastry
The International Diploma in Professional Culinary Arts & Baking and Pastry is a one year program which is designed for the student who is serious about seeking a position in the culinary industry in the shortest possible time. The hands-on learning and in-depth knowledge the student will receive in this program will prepare him to become a professional chef by ensuring that his potential is maximized thereby raising the bar of his career possibilities.
Here are the Modules covered by the program (inclusive of a 600-hour externship)
Module 1: Food Safety
The course starts with a lecture stressing the importance of sanitation, characteristics and causes of food borne illness, and preventing unsanitary conditions. Aside from this, students are also trained by the FDM Training Center-Forward Learning, the authorized International Training Center of the American Heart Association and accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission in the Philippines. This activity provides them with invaluable life skills in order to prepare them during emergency situations. Participants will receive a First Aid Certification after the training.
Module 2: Basic Culinary Skills
Knife handling is one of the most basic building blocks in culinary arts. Whether it’s the students first time in the kitchen or not, the 16-session module will help them sharpen their basic skills with greater consistency and confidence. Class begins with a tutorial on proper posture and knife handling. Kitchen terminology will become their second language. After a series of slicing and dicing, students then will sharpen their skills in deboning chicken, beef, and pork as well as filleting fish. They are trained to create great soups with its basic stocks even without using recipes.
Module 3: Food Science
This module presents a more advanced technique in food preparation. Topics covered include breakfast foods, rice, beans, potatoes, and the basic cooking techniques such as blanching, braising sautéing, etc. Mastery of cooking technique is an essential yet a difficult aspect of the culinary craft. These dry heat, moist heat, and combination heat cooking methods are taught carefully as students produce great treasures in the kitchen.
Module 4: Garde Manger
Students get to be creative at this module as they prepare their hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. They will learn how to make their own sausages, pâtés, rillettes, ham, and confit. With various methods on curing, salting, and smoking, working with seasonings and casings will be explored. At the end of the course, students get to share their sumptuous spread of mouthwatering dishes to their families and friends as they prepare a buffet for the guests.
Module 5: Wellness Cooking
Being healthy is more than being physically fit. This course offers a comprehensive review of food, nutrients and nutrition. Major nutrient classes (such as carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals) and the relationship of food and nutrients to areas of current interest (including diets and weight control) will be discussed. Students will also practice cooking and serving food simultaneously.
Module 6: Eastern Cuisines
The collection of Asian flavors has a large influence on all types of food. Students will explore new ingredients from different Asian regions and learn their proper application. Asia’s favorite dishes will be thoroughly explained and cooked so students can easily take their new knowledge to their own kitchen and continue their culinary journey throughout Asia.
Module 7: Western Cuisines
Regional food is central to an exciting cuisine. In this course, students will learn the basic skills and knowledge of Western culinary arts through theory, practical workshops and immersion in the rich and diverse heritage of classical cuisines from France, Italy, Spain and Greece just to name a few.
Module 8: American Cuisines
Cuisines covered in this module reflects foods commonly identified with culinary regions throughout North as well as South America. Students will prepare various American Cuisines, which employ basic culinary principles, concepts and quality standards. In this module, students will also learn about wine appreciation wherein they will improve their wine tasting skills.
Module 9: Baking & Pastry
Do your fantasies involve sweets and desserts that make you tingle? Introduction to baking and pastry will help students handle pastries with grace and understand the beauty of desserts. Guided by the school’s pastry chef, this module covers the preparation of yeast dough products, chocolates, simple pastries, pies, cookies, and basic dessert sauces. And at the end of the day, the final product shows how much effort you put into it.
Module 10: Externship
At the end of their in-class training, all students are assigned an externship. The program will help them with their careers in the future. This is to give students a short actual experience in the kitchen. An application is usually required in hotels and restaurants where students are interviewed by the institution. This can also help students learn more about effective techniques for achieving employment. With the required 600 hours of training, it is a chance for them to observe, ask questions and gain hands on learning within the hotel or restaurant in order to meet their professional goals.
Module 11: TESDA Assessment, Final Exam
Students are tested on what they learned in the whole course with a comprehensive final exam in the lecture room and in the kitchen.