Philippine School of Culinary Arts

By on February 22, 2012

The Philippine School of Culinary Arts (PSCA) is an accredited culinary school by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) of the Philippine Government. Due to the ever growing demand for culinary professionals, both locally and internationally, PSCA was inspired to open its doors in February 2003.

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Given that most culinary schools are concentrated in Metro Manila, the founders of PSCA decided to put up its own culinary institution in Cebu to accommodate students in the Visayas and Northern Mindanao regions. Surprisingly, a couple of residents from Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon have realized the advantages of enrolling at PSCA. Moreover, they have come to discover the rather relaxed and laidback lifestyle in Cebu.

PSCA is committed to achieving the highest international standards of culinary education. In fact, its preliminary course offerings were patterned similarly to the curriculum of American culinary schools, emphasizing on the classical French culinary techniques.

It is PSCA’s mission to mold their students to become professional world class chefs in the future. That is the reason why PSCA is constantly reviewing and broadening its curriculum to be at par with the international culinary scene. To date, PSCA has enhanced its curriculum by adding Philippine cuisine and other Southeast Asian cooking. The application of the principles of sanitation, nutrition and food science is likewise given emphasis.

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Students enrolled at PSCA can expect a comprehensive training as its instructors and faculty members are individuals who have gone through years of solid industry experience in the Philippines and abroad. Plus, the various experiences the mentors gained are established through formal education and intensive training from prominent culinary schools abroad. Add to that, guest chefs from the USA and Canada, and some 5-star hotels/restaurants are periodically tapped to conduct lectures, seminars or cooking demonstrations.

This culinary school makes learning a pleasant experience for their students. PSCA has a large and spacious kitchen that is fully equipped with the necessary kitchen tools and utensils. All classrooms are fully air-conditioned.

The main objective of PSCA is to give its students a solid foundation of academic knowledge, practical skills and work ethics in order to become successful in their chosen culinary fields. In order to ensure that every student is given an adequate attention from the chef instructor, the number of students per class is deliberately kept to a small degree.

The student’s knowledge is validated through intensive hands-on kitchen training and on-the-job (OJT) training in actual work environments like 5-star hotels and specialty restaurants. The school also helps its students secure placements in internship programs outside the country.

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The school offers two professional programs, namely Culinary Arts Program and Baking and Pastry Arts Program.

PSCA’s Culinary Arts Program is completely ladderized, meaning the students have the opportunity to upgrade from a 5-month study on the Culinary Art fundamentals up to the 2-year Diploma on Culinary Arts and Patisserie.

The Baking and Pastry Arts Program, on the other hand, is a 9-month program, which upon completion of all the requirements, awards the student a Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts. The course covers 450 hours of classroom lectures and kitchen work, plus 300 hours of industry curriculum.

PSCA offers other short Professional Development Courses, as well. They are:

  • Commercial Skills Upgrading Course for Teachers and Cooks
    This course takes two (2) 4-hour sessions for ten (10) Saturdays, or twenty (20) 4-hour sessions on weekday evenings.
  • Cooking for Commissary Operations
    This course takes ten (10) 4-hour sessions every Saturdays or weekday evenings.
  • Culinary Techniques for Product Development
    This course takes ten (10) 4-hour sessions every Saturdays or weekday evenings.
  • Culinary Techniques for Household Food Preparation
    This course takes twenty (20) 4-hour sessions every Fridays and Saturdays.

Short Recreational Cooking courses are also available, namely:

  • Barkada-bonding cooking/baking sessions for groups
    This is a culinary workshop for groups of at least six (6) people. Modules are customized according to the specific interest of the group. Course fee: Php10,000/session for a group of 6.
  • Corporate team-building cooking sessions
    This could be an ideal team-building activity for some companies. Cooking sessions are customized and take place on weekends only.

PSCA offers Special Saturday Classes for working professionals contemplating a career shift to the culinary world. Customary training programs or short courses to culinary hobbyists or those who wish to improve their culinary skills in specific areas are available, as well.

For admission requirements, you may go to this URL:

The Philippine School of Culinary Arts is located at the 3rd floor of The Maxwell Hotel Annex Bldg, N. Escario St., Camputhaw, Cebu City, Philippines. For more information regarding their curriculum, you may contact them at (032)505-4645, or send an e-mail message. You can also visit their Web site at

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  1. melody mondejar

    September 10, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    hi can i ask how much ang tuition for culinaty 5 mnths and baking and pastry 9 mnths..then naa by nrolment this oct??tnx

  2. maribel

    July 11, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    hi im maribel…im a plain housewife…im planning to learn more about foods…so i jus t want to know if how much the tuition for culinary…it is include the recipe?how about kichen uniform?pls email me…

  3. Everything Cebu

    January 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Hi, David.

    Everything Cebu is not privy to such information. Please directly get in touch with PSCA at (032)505-4645 or e-mail them at so they can answer your questions appropriately.

  4. david

    December 29, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    hi im david and im in america and looking to lern to cook exotic foods and wondering if there is and way i could beable to come there for collage and if there is what should i look for?


  5. Everything Cebu

    November 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Hi, Kyle.

    Kindly course your inquiries directly to PSCA using the contact information in the article.

  6. Kyle Carticiano

    November 3, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Hello! My name is Kyle Carticiano and I’m a newly graduate this year and I’m 17 years old. Can I still be enroll in this school?

  7. Everything Cebu

    July 18, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Hi, Emmanuel.

    Everything Cebu is not affiliated with PSCA. Please get in touch with them directly using the contact information in the write-up.

  8. Emmanuel Tadiosa

    July 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    good day!

    mag inquire lang ko if how much ang tuition din pila ka months, when pud mag start?

    thamk you…

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