19 September 2010

QC Diaries: What's Cookin' Chef?

Our group was staying at NATCCO. Whatever that stands for. All I know is that Red Ribbon is a member of NATCCO. Anyways, I was assigned to room 7 together with a colleague. We were greeted by colorful undies flapping vigorously by the a/c to dry. So much for wishing to have the room to ourselves.


For the first 2 or 3 days, my head feels fuzzy for lack of sleep. I feel light-headed and dizzy. I actually had an upset stomach in the middle of our workshop in MIHCA (Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts). My body clock is still adjusting to the changes I'm getting myself into.

For 5 days, we have to wake up at 5 am in order to catch the train at 6 am that will get us in United Nations Avenue at 8:15am. In my case, I barely sleep, so I woke up at 3 or 4 am. We rode a jeep from Project 4 to Farmer's in Cubao. If you want weight loss, Manila is the place to be. Oh, not to mention the stress of being pushed and squished together with smelly guys (and I mean men!) in the train. Girls get the privilege to have a whole car full of Y Chromosomes but I prefer to stick with my own company rather than get lost in the sea of rushing people. No, I didn't took a shot of the infamous train because I'm afraid that I'll get mugged. It happens all the time in every city. 

WHITE FOREST decked with Maraschino cherries
For the first time of my life, I celebrated my birthday in Manila with strangers. It sucks to be away from my family during my birthday, but there's always a first time for everything. It's a tradition of the company to give out cakes to their employees on their birthdays and I got the privilege to taste the newest addition to Red Ribbon cakes. I got to take home a White Forest Junior Cake and share with my colleagues.

COCOMALL team: (L to R) Me, S' Bhagz, Raunil, Dannah and Kim

At the end of our workshop, we are going to bake! Some of our companions were HRM graduates and have experienced being a chef. Since I'm a business grad, I was so excited to don the toque and apron. Made me feel like those Chowking chefs on TV. 

Here are some of hot goodies that we baked the whole afternoon

CHEWY Chocolate Chip Cookies

LIGHT Orange Chiffon Cake

CHUNKY Brownies with Walnuts

HOT soft buns
We're lucky to be taught by Chef Napoleon--the first Pastry Chef recognized internationally. Since I'm not an HRM grad, I didn't know him until he handled our group. I've never seen a live chef whipping batter and decorating icing on top of the cake and I'm quite impressed.

METICULOUS Chef Napoleon putting the icing on his cake
It has been a wonderful experience at MIHCA and I'm happy to learn something from our workshop.


  1. I really want to study At MIHCA. Kamumsta rate nila?

  2. @ patrick: sorry, i have no idea on their rates..:(