Friday, June 27, 2008
Apart from running 25 restaurants, four country hotels with restaurants, a training center for professionals and cooking schools in Paris and Tokyo, as well as working with the European Space Agency to develop meals for astronauts, what else does Alain Ducasse, the greatest living chef in the world, do to spread his legendary cooking philosophy?
The 12 Michelin Star chef is busy designing the Philippines’ best culinary center set to bring new standards in culinary teaching not only in the country but in the entire region. Enderun Colleges, a top-notch undergraduate college that offers a full range of bachelor’s degree and non-degree courses in the fields of hotel and restaurant management and culinary arts, has partnered with the Alain Ducasse Formation (ADF) in putting up the school’s Fort Bonifacio campus in McKinley Hill.
Developed by one of the country’s leading real estate players Megaworld Corporation, McKinley Hill is a 50-hectare township project which includes gated communities, posh residences, spacious condominiums, modern business process outsourcing (BPO) offices and entertainment and leisure areas. McKinley Hill espouses Megaworld’s live-work-play-learn philosophy to the hilt, with Enderun College an important component in its “learn” facet.
Other global-caliber institutions that have found a home within the McKinley Hill township are the Chinese International School Manila and the upcoming Korean International School.
“We are delighted that Enderun Colleges chose McKinley Hill as the site for their new campus. It is an ideal partnership because we both believe that now more than ever, the Filipino is ready to be world-class and competitive in the global arena. We welcome them with open arms,” Megaworld FVP for Business Development Jericho Go declared.
The culinary arts program is developed by the Alain Ducasse Formation (ADF) expressly for Enderun, which will offer Enderun students the opportunity to master cutting-edge culinary principles and techniques after the foundational training in the classical European tradition.
In describing the decision to partner with Enderun, Groupe Alain Ducasse Head of International Training Development of ADF Nicolas Toulliou said, “ADF has decided to work with Enderun because we both share the same vision of excellence and quality. Enderun will make sure that the Alain Ducasse philosophy will be respected.”
Apart from the Alain Ducasse partnership, Enderun Colleges also boasts of a high tech “green” environment, top-notch culinary facilities, academic partnerships with international hospitality schools and a placement program after graduation.
The Fort Bonifacio campus also sets high standards for university design and construction in the Philippines. Situated on two lavishly landscaped hectares, it features seven academic buildings with more than 7,000 square meters of classroom space, an ultra-modern culinary center in stunning steel and glass, a student-manned luxury boutique hotel, a student dormitory, a world-class athletic complex and a host of recreational facilities. The first two buildings of the campus opened for classes this June.
Enderun also has academic cooperation with schools such as Les Roches International School of Hotel Management with campuses in Switzerland and Spain, and Kendall College in Chicago. It allows students from the Enderun campus to continue their education in these locations and obtain European or American degrees.
After graduation, students can start their bright careers in the niche they desire with the school’s Career Development and Industry Placement Program, the first and only one of its kind in the country. Providing lifelong career advice and assistance to students and alumni, the program tracks suitable job openings around the world and works closely with Enderun’s industry partners to identify opportunities for interns and graduates.
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