Originally posted on April 17, 2012
CELEBRITY chefs are today’s rock stars – and having two celebrity chefs of rock star status, Chef Norbert Gandler and Chef Ernie Babaran, doing back-to-back demos over a span of 2 hours is a casting coup indeed that doesn’t happen often. Well, it happened today at the media launch of the International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management (ISCAHM) Makati, and both the food media and the students were absolutely thrilled.
ISCAHM, where Chef Norbert is executive director for culinary education and Chef Ernie is director for pastry and bakery arts, has always been one of the most respected culinary schools in the country. It was a dream hatched by distinguished hotel chefs Hansjorg Schallenberg and Norbert Gandler back in 2002, ably supported by a very strong faculty team led by Chef Ernie and Chef Humphrey Navarro, among others. Strategically located along Katipunan Ave. in Quezon City, the school finally opened its doors to students in 2003, and since then, it has become known for its high quality of culinary education and its excellent faculty.
Today, ISCAHM remains to be on top of its game, and it takes its brand of quality culinary education to Makati by joining forces with the Institute of Culinary Arts and Food Service (ICF) at Far Eastern University, which is located at the former Zuellig Loop at the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. (Buendia) near Ayala Ave. The partnership, now known as ISCAHM Education System, or simply ISCAHM Makati, is under the leadership of Chefs Hans and Norbert and esteemed entrepreneur Martin Lorenzo.
While continuing to provide excellence in culinary education in its mother campus in Katipunan, ISCAHM Makati shall now be offering a 2-year Culinary Chefs Training diploma course, as well as 8-month certificate programs – Professional in Culinary Arts Program (PCAP), Baking and Pastry Chefs Training Program (BPCTP) and Career Advancement Program in Culinary Arts (CAPCA). The latter offers night classes for professionals. These programs are designed to be more budget-friendly for aspiring culinary students who have the talent and skills but are a little tight on the budget.
ISCAHM Makati likewise offers short courses on Culinary Essentials, Baking and Pastry 101, Kiddie Chefs League Summer Workshops, and Regional Cuisines (Japanese, Asian, European, American and Filipino).
Along with the big reveal over lunch today, Chef Norbert and Chef Ernie treated everyone to never-before-seen, back-to-back cooking and baking demonstrations. Chef Norbert, assisted by Chef Joey Herrera, who is faculty and program head for culinary arts of ISCAHM Makati, whipped up Poached Lapu-Lapu Fillet in White Wine Dill Sauce and Pineapple Glazed Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb; while Chef Ernie, backed by faculty and program head for baking and pastry arts Chef Ramon Castillo, impressed everyone with his Apple Strudel. He made the dough from scratch, refusing to resort to shortcuts such as using prepared phyllo pastry, used exquisite vanilla pod instead of simply vanilla extract for his vanilla sauce, and whipped his cream to perfection by hand.
Everyone then had a taste of the three dishes after the back-to-back cooking and baking demos.
For inquiries on course offerings at ISCAHM Makati, call 894-3773 or 892-3599; visit the school at the 2nd Floor of the FEU Makati Bldg., Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. cor. Zuellig Loop, Makati City; or log on to www.iscahm.com. For inquiries on course offerings of the mother school, ISCAHM Katipunan, call 926-8888 or 920-1481 or visit the 4th Floor of FBR Arcade, Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City.