MIHCA bags awards in the National Food Showdown and Grand Culinary Challenge

Last September 21 and 22, 2012 MIHCA joined the most prestigious culinary competition, the National Food Showdown held at the World Trade Center. MIHCA participated in 12 categories and brought home 9 awards including4 Gold medals, 1 silver, 1 bronze and 3 diplomas. MIHCA is proud to announce the following people who worked hard, slept so little and gave PRIDE to MIHCA:



  • Jael Nieva of Culinary Arts Batch 3 won GOLD  in the Seafood Platter Category
  • Josephine Anne Pineda of Culinary Arts Batch 5 won GOLD in the Amuse Bouche Category
  • Paolo Springael of Culinary Arts Batch 3 won GOLD in the Main Course Category
  • Angelica Gile of Food & Beverage Services Batch 5 won GOLD in the Coffee Concoction Category
  • Mary Ann Buraga of Food & Beverage Services Batch 7 won SILVER in the Napkin Folding Category
  • Miracle Grace Cadiz of Baking and Pastry Batch 2 won BRONZE in the Baby Cakes Category
  • John Paolo Quinto, Erika Tolentino, Renan Miranda of Food and Beverage Services Batch 2 won a DIPLOMA in the Table Setting Category
  • Chef Jesse Factor and John Don Dela Cruz of Culinary Arts Batch 2 won a DIPLOMA in the Apprentice Category
  • Chef Jonnefer Pactao-in and Jose Enrico Tangonan won DIPLOMA in the Soup Kitchen Category
And on September 27, 2012 our Food and Beverage student John Paolo Quinto of Batch 2 won SILVER in the Table Set Up Category during the Grand Culinary Challenge.




Aside from the students, MIHCA is also proud of the hardworking coaches who mentored these students to achieve these awards: Chef Paolo Santino Guevara – MIHCA Culinary Program Director, Chef Martin Grau, Chef Avery Manaloto, Chef Mike Navarra, Chef Jesse Factor, Chef Jonnefer Pactao-in, Mr. Ernie Mesina and Mr. Renato Alvarez
Truly, MIHCA is proud of you!



Professional Culinary Arts students of the Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) were hailed as the Ultimate Chef Warriors in the Chef Wars competition at the recently concluded 10th National Food Showdown held last October 19-21, 2016 at the Camp John Hay, Baguio City, Philippines. 


Chef Wars, considered the main event of the National Food Showdown, is a 60-minute live cooking contest. MIHCA’s winning trio—Carla Felize C. Cruz, Prince Jeffrey C. Tan and Jaime Bañas—represented Team Luzon and bested the groups of Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa of Team Visayas and Monster Kitchen Academy of Team Mindanao. Team Luzon was supported and coached by MIHCA Instructors, Chef Mike S. Navarra and Chef Joan D. Pineda.


MIHCA students prepared a 3-course masterpiece with shrimp as the main ingredient—Anchovy Glazed Shrimp set on Vanilla Scented Beignets, Open Face Thermidor, Salad, Calamansi Emulsion, Potato Leek Soup and Herb Soil as hot appetizer; Shrimp Flan with Calamansi Gelée, Herb Marinated Shrimp, Pickled Vegetables, Coral and Mango Aioli as cold appetizer; and Shrimp and Lapu-Lapu Roulade, Potato Fritters, Root Vegetables with Bacon Beurre Blanc with Chive Oil as the main course. 


A member of the Magsaysay People Resources Corporation, MIHCA is at the forefront of training and producing job-ready professionals in the fields of hospitality, tourism and culinary arts. MIHCA has three campuses in the Philippines—Manila, Makati and Cebu—and a campus in Jakarta, Indonesia. Each campus houses state-of-the-art facilities including kitchen laboratories, bars and fine dining restaurants, mock-up hotel rooms and cruise cabins.​