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CACS Davao Cucina Nueve

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That is the AVP I made that was presented during the Cucina Nueve Legacy Buffet held last September 24, 2009 at the Linmarr Apartelle. It was the graduation and awards ceremony of our class, Batch 9 of the Center for Asian Culinary Studies Certificate Program in Cooking and Baking Skills.

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CACS Basic Skills in Cooking and Baking Program Graduate

CACS Davao Certificate of Completion

CACS Davao Certificate of Completion

I finally graduated from the Center for Asian Culinary Studies (CACS) Davao last September 24, 2009. My class was Batch 9 of the school’s Certificate Program in Basic Skills in Cooking and Baking. Our class culminated with a night of good food, fellowship, and a graduation ceremony.

Our class, Cucina Nueve, served up delectable hot and cold dishes and yummy pastries during our Legacy Buffet last September 24, 2009 at the Linmarr Apartelle Function Hall. After dinner was served, Chef Toto Erfe and Honeylet Lim called on selected members of the class who were awarded with Bronze and Silver Awards. SURPRISE!

CACS Davao Bronze Award

CACS Davao Bronze Award

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On the Eve of our Legacy Buffet

cucina-nueve-super-final

People have always said that the secret to cooking and baking well is love. I have always known what it means but here, at this moment, I think my class has defined what it really means.

We have been working for three days straight, the Hot and Pastry Kitchens more so than the Cold Kitchen. When you love, you have the patience, the perseverance, and the willingness to learn and cook and bake excellently. You do not merely cook and bake with care, taking into consideration not just the recipe and the food, but the people who will be eating the food.

CACS Davao Skills Batch 9

When you love the people you cook and bake for, when you love cooking and baking, it is imperative that you cook and bake with passion, with the willingness to do everything properly. Correctly. Perfectly. Even if it will take you hours, or days just to serve the most delicious salad, grill the most tender steak, produce the perfect stew, bake the most delicious cake, or simply offer the best dip, you are willing to do it. You whole-heartedly abandon everything else, forget to sleep, eat, and rest, just so you can give your all.

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CACS Day 5: Cakes and Cookies

Group 2's Cakes and Cookies

Group 2's Cakes and Cookies

Day 5 was all about sweets… cookies and cakes!!! Our instructor was again Chef Rhea Castro who has her own pastry business.

Our group was assigned to make the following:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Sponge Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting and Mango Topping
  • Orange Chiffon Cake with Italian Buttercream Icing
  • Butter Cake
  • Zucchini Loaf

Before mise en place, Chef Rhea shared some tips and tricks in making good cookies and cakes. She also shared with us the trick in making chewy cookies which I want to try out very soon. Remember: cookies and cakes are very delicate so one must handle the mixing, the batter and the baking with care.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

John was assigned to make the Chocolate Chip Cookies. Chef Rhea had reminded us to make sure the butter didn’t melt and to cream it just enough but not too much so that it won’t get soggy or have too much air. The batter was chilled before it was shaped. And chilled again after it was shaped, before baking it. Our cookies turned out fine. Not perfectly shaped but it was delicious. Everything was baked just right. My friends absolutely loved it and are requesting for me to bake more.

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CACS Day 4: Pastry Doughs

Group 2's Pastries

Group 2's Pastries

I was late for Day 4 since I had a hard time getting up from bed due to a minor illness. But I couldn’t just lie there and not learn anything so I tried to get to class around noon. Sadly, I missed all the lecture part and most of the baking. 🙁 But I did meet Chef Rhea Castro who had shared really good tips and tricks about baking and handling doughs, as well as presenting and decorating them.

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CACS Lifestyle Classes for July with Chef Toto Erfe

CACS Davao

This a service re-post from CACS Davao.

CENTER FOR ASIAN CULINARY STUDIES – DAVAO
Holiday Gym & Spa Complex F. Torres St. Davao City
Tel. No. 300-2992 or 300-CACS
Email: cacsdvo@gmail.com or cacsdavao@yahoo.com
Website: www.cacschef.com

Lifestyle classes
One-day recreational and business programs provide focused theme lessons for hobbyists and restaurateur – caterers who wish to gain additional knowledge from our pool of over 400 select lessons on international cooking and baking as taught by competent Chef-Instructors from CACS-Manila.

JULY 2009 SCHEDULE – Additional Classes with Chef Toto Erfe
(The rest of the July 2009 Schedule is at this link.)

July 13, Mon – EASY THAI. Let Chef Toto Erfe wow you with these authentic thai dishes: Tom Yum Thalay, Salt-crusted dalag with Mam Nem Sauce, Shrimp and Pork in Lemongrass Sticks, Thai Wedding Curry, Khao Pod Sapparot and Ruamit.
Fee: Php 1500.00 (inclusive of ingredients) at 6-9 PM.

July 14, Tue РPIZZA & PASTA WORKSHOP. Caf̩ Ysabel Chef, Chef Toto Erfe will be teaching us basic pizza and pasta dough with sauces that can be used on pizza and on pasta at the same time. Recipes include Sausages and Caramelized Onion, Pesto-Tomato with Peppered Shrimp Sauce, Bacon and Cheeseburger Sauce, Truffle Scented Three Mushroom Sauce, Pepperoni, Salami and Roasted Pepper Sauce and Classic Puttanesca Sauce. Fee: P1,400.00 (inclusive of ingredients) at 6-9 PM.

July 15, Wed – EASY COFFEE SHOP DESSERTS from the HOT KITCHEN. Experience this not-your-usual-but-easy-coffee shop desserts recipes from Chef Toto Erfe. Recipes includes: Apple Raisin and Walnut Spanakopita, M&M’s Panacotta, Sour Tarts, Cheese Rolls, Biscotti and Coconut Bars
Fee: Php 1,400.00 (inclusive of ingredients) at 6-9 PM.

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