Cooking schools

Bacolod Academy for Culinary Arts

The Bacolod Food Hunters received an invitation to the opening of the Bacolod Academy for Culinary Arts.  (BACA) We were excited to see that a very special cooking school like this had opened in Bacolod.  This will contribute significantly to the dining scene and generate jobs and job opportunities for Bacolenos.

Bacolod is currently undergoing a boom time and lots of new restaurants and hotels are opening.  It is a great time to get an education in hospitality and the culinary arts!  BACA is TESDA certified, uses the latest kitchen equipment and teaches according to European standards.

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When we arrived we were immediately impressed by the school.  They have a very beautiful building with beautiful classrooms equipped with comfortable seats and audio visual equipment.

The Entrance to BACA.

Here’s an interactive panorama shot of one of their classrooms. Click on the Picture to view!


The place was full of people sampling the food prepared by their chefs and instructors.  We went in to take a look at their demo kitchen. The chefs were busy rushing about preparing the food.  Click on the interactive panorama to view the picture!


We introduced ourselves to the chefs.  They took the time from cooking to gamely pose for a picture!

From L-R: Gunther Sanin (BACA Founder), Marcel Haessner (Assistant Director) and Mikael Swenson (Executive Instructor)

We asked Marcel about BACA and we learned that besides their regular courses, they also offer weekend courses, the most interesting to us was a weekend course on SAUSAGE making!  WOW…  They also offer a course and bread making, wine and food pairing!

We decided to try out the sample dishes that students can learn how to make. Marcel told us to sit back and relax while we waited for the food.

The bar bustling with activity!
Excellent Melon Shakes!
Happy Guests Enjoying the food.

The dishes arrived and were promptly tasted..

We had the prawns in sweet sauce.  The prawns were perfectly cooked and the mushrooms(?) added flavor and texture to the sweet sauce.  A very colorful dish.

Prawns in Sweet Sauce.

Our favorite dish, the Seared white marlin was heavenly!  The delicious sauce was so good with the eggplant.

Seared White Marlin on Grilled Eggplant with Tzatzikki sauce.

We then had Pork with chocolate his.  The chocolate complemented the taste of the perfectly cooked soft and juicy pork.

Pork in Chocolate His.


2 kinds of Pasta!

For Desset we had Straciatella Cream with sherry.  This dish was mildly alcoholic but delicious and refreshing.

Straciatella Cream with sherry.


For those interested in Enrolling in their culinary courses, please visit their website at:

Bacolod Academy for Culinary Arts
Unit 3 & 4 Ground Floor
Mayfair Place – 12th Lacson Street
Bacolod City

6100 Negros Occidental

Mobile: +63-9173009708
Phone: +63 35-4224080

4 comments on “Bacolod Academy for Culinary Arts

  1. WoW! This is great. Thanks, Martin, for sharing about BACA. It would be fun to study Culinary Science at any age. Hmmm, I wonder if I qualify as a student? The food looks great, too!

    ~ Gary ~

  2. ian pope gonzales

    how much is the tuition fee?

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