Award-winning culinary school Global Academy and Midas Hotel are providing culinary students their recipe for success through an internship program that builds professional expertise. According to Global Academy co-founder and CEO, Chef Rob Pengson, aspiring chefs from the academy gain hands-on experience in a hotel setting and become part of the team behind the renowned Midas Café and Yanagi Japanese Restaurant, which rank among the best dining places in the country.
“Global Academy ensures that students are equipped with world-class skills. We establish high standards for students, encouraging them to innovate and use creativity in their dishes,” said Global Academy co-founder and chief financial officer, Chef Benjamin Ledesma, Jr. “With partner institutions such as Midas Hotel, we aim to provide exceptional education and training for future chefs.”
Ma. Lourdes Lacia, VP for Human Resources of Leisure & Resorts World Corporation, the parent company of Midas Hotel, says they treat Global Academy interns as regular employees because the basis screening is similar to what they do for those who join them. “It is a preparation for them to the actual practice,” she adds. “We give high value to the evaluation and remarks from where they are placed. And a good number of graduates or interns from Global Academy work with us eventually.”
According to Arnold Guevarra, Executive Chef of Midas Hotel, the internship program with Global Academy enhances students’ creativity as well as attitude and work ethic. “It’s not just about cooking food. It’s the total package,” says Guevarra. “Students also learn how to mingle with people and adapt to various situations,” he explained.
Guevarra believes that attitude in the kitchen makes the difference. Aside from practical cooking skills, he also takes note of the students’ attitude toward their colleagues, superiors, and most importantly, the Midas Hotel guests. “When you work here in the hotel, 50 percent is theory and 50 percent is application,” says Guevarra.
Lacia lauds Global Academy students who survived the heat of the Midas Hotel kitchen. “They were not just good in making all of these dishes but it was also about personality and communication,” she says. As Midas Hotel is a good training ground for budding chefs from Global Academy, Lacia looks forward to a stronger partnership with the culinary school in the years to come.
“They allow us to learn but they do it with utmost guidance,” says Janine Clare Batiao, a Global Academy intern at Midas Café. She shares that her training in the restaurant enhanced her skills in baking as well as designing cakes and pastries.
Another Global Academy student Mark Ivan Creencia relates he was able to apply the skills he learned from the academy in the kitchens of Midas Hotel. “We are able to put the theories we learned into action in a real situation, facing challenges that sharpened our abilities,” he says.
Global Academy is an award-winning culinary academy recognized for its world-class excellence and competitiveness. The academy offers professional courses for aspiring chefs, pastry chefs and hospitality professionals for affordable tuition fees. As the first culinary school in the Philippines recognized by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), Global Academy is distinguished for its quality education and unmatched culinary standards.
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