Cooking is about focusing your passion and creativity into a piece of edible art that delights the heart of people. Filipinos’ talent in the culinary arts is exceptional because of the number of reputable culinary schools in the country. Last August 1-4, a number of chefs from various institutions competed on the most prestigious culinary competition in the country, the Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC). PCC displayed exemplary skills and creativity of Filipino chefs in both pastry and savory categories.
In the Local Fish Category, Chef John Rafael “Ram” Santiago, III from Global Culinary and Hospitality Academy won a Gold Medal for his entry – Sautéed Grouper Fillet with Dehydrated Capers, Oyster Buerre Blanc and Crab Fat Oil. It showcased the goodness of our local fish Lapu-Lapu and Duru Bulgur was a very special ingredient in this French and Italian-inspired dish.
Global Academy was supportive of him and pushed him through his limits. At first, Chef Ram’s mentors were hesitant to use Duru Bulgur in the recipe, but he was sure that the perfect texture and earthy flavor of Duru Bulgur will set his dish apart from the other competitors.
After a month and a half of perfecting the dish, his coaches were amazed with the outstanding texture and natural flavor Duru Bulgur gives. He cooked it using the pilaf method. He infused Duru Bulgur with more flavor by adding aromatics and boiling it in clam and chicken broth. This made the wheat even more flavorful. Duru Bulgur is a traditional food from Turkey and across Europe. It contains a high amount of fiber, folic acid, vitamins, and minerals. It has a low glycemic index, making it the perfect healthy substitute to rice – a staple to the Filipino diet
The young Ram did not dream of being a chef. At the age of 17, he failed to enroll in an aviation school to become a pilot. However, this did not stop him from finding the right career path for him. After digging deeper into his interests, he realized how much he loved cooking.
His interest with cooking sparked at a young age when he and his grandmother cooked lutong bahay for the family. In fact, his first dish was the traditional Filipino favorite, Adobo. His grandmother even taught this little boy how to fabricate or clean a fish.
Since then, he continued to hone his creativity by translating his passion into food. He has since grown into an adventurous chef who finds joy in exploring non-traditional ingredients. His eleven years of experience in restaurants truly shaped him into a world class talent – proudly Filipino!
Chef John Rafael “Ram” Santiago, III
Instructor of Diploma in Culinary Arts, Global Academy Pasig
Gold Medalist, Philippine Culinary Cup, Local Fish and Seafood Category 2018
Silver Medalist, Philippine Culinary Cup, Hospital Food Category 2010
Gold Medalist, Chefs on Parade, Fresh Pasta Category 2008
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When one joins Global Academy, he or she becomes part of a oneness that is fueled by motivations to improve oneself and to work harmoniously as a team. After one’s stay, full potentials will have been realized, gaining the tools to be globally-competitive.
Global Academy is the first culinary school in the Philippines, and the 7th in Asia, to receive the Recognition of Quality Culinary Education (RQCE) seal from the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS). This is an encouragement to sustain and continuously uplift the academy’s attributes for which this nod from a most-respected group of societies has been achieved.
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Founded in 2007 with the mission to give the Filipino people an access to top quality culinary education at relatively-affordable costs, Global Academy is to date, a premiere world-class culinary school.
The Global Academy Advantage
Global Academy is a school that is 100% owned and operated by Filipino Chefs of global competence in education and in experience.
Learn from a group of locally and internationally-awarded and respected Chef Instructors who not only impart their expertise but monitor their students’ development and culinary well-being as well.
A collaboration of great culinary minds and hearts put courses, trainings, internship programs, and local and international accreditations together. Global Academy courses are designed to give students choices and allows for customization based on their interest, time availability, and budget.
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Global Academy has a holistic perspective in culinary education. We constantly invest in new and relevant equipment and create an environment that is conducive to learning. Our kitchen laboratories simulate full-functioning culinary and baking operations, immersing the students into the real kitchen world.
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Students are encouraged and honed to compete in WACS-accredited local and international competitions that pit them among the best and widen their perspective of the demanding industry. Global Academy’s support to its students go beyond their stay in the school. It opens doors to graduates and completers for training in prestigious establishments abroad and are assured of access to lifetime career assistance.
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