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Diploma in Culinary Entrepreneurship

Are you a culinary whiz with an entrepreneurial spirit? Look no further than our Diploma in Culinary Entrepreneurship (DCE) program. Designed for aspiring chef-entrepreneurs, this 8-month to 14-month (depending on chosen local internship track) is the perfect way to take your culinary diploma to the next level.This program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACEF) and TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority).

Program Overview

The DCE program starts with your culinary training under the Diploma in Culinary Arts (DCA). After finishing theculinary requirements and local internship in the DCA, you earn your first diploma and then proceed to the Diploma in Entrepreneurship modules.  The program focuses on gaining managerial and business competencies through courses on marketing, conducting feasibility studies, preparing a business plan, catering/banquet management, purchasing, and control.

All courses are designed to teach and train you in the culinary arts through a tri-level approach of lecture, demo, and hands-on kitchen work:

  • Small class sizes with a maximum of 7 students and 2 Chef Instructors per class
  • 100% hands-on cooking
  • Two (2) to up to six (6) months local internship in a local top restaurants or 5-star hotels
  • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACEF)
  • Option for the International Step-up Programs:  Advanced Italian Culinary Certificate at the Florence University of the Arts, or the paid-internship in the USA through our partner internship-provider


Total Program Duration: 8-14 months, depending on chosen local internship track

Students may choose any of the following schedule of classes:

Full-time Regular Classes: Mondays -Thursdays, 7-11AM or 8AM -12NN

Saturday Classes for Working Students: 8AM – 4PM (whole day)         

Culinary Arts program modules include

  • Professional Chef
  • Product Identification
  • Kitchen Math
  • Food Safety and Sanitation
  • Knife Skills
  • Butchery & Fish Mongerie
  • Stocks, soups and Starches
  • Cooking Methods
  • Breakfast Cookery
  • Asian Cuisine
  • European Cuisine
  • American Cuisine
  • Two (2) to six (6) months local internship training in local top restaurants or 5-star hotels

Entrepreneurship modules include

  • Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • Planning the Food Expo
  • Market Research
  • Making the Business Plan
  • Marketing Practices
  • Principles of Catering and Banqueting
  • Cost Control/ Inventory Management
  • Purchasing
  • Bread Baking/Patisserie
  • Business Presentation


Graduates of the program will receive automatic ACF CERTIFIED CULINARIAN (CC) certification, demonstrating their exceptional skills and expertise. In addition, the Cookery NC ll (National Certification Level 11) qualification youwill earn allows you to assume any of the following entry-level positions in the industry: Commis 1, 2, and 3, Pastry Cook, Hot-Kitchen Cook, Pantry Worker, Cold-Kitchen Cook/Garde Manger, and Saucier.

At TCAI, weare passionate about helping you become the best chef-entrepreneur you can be. Whether you dream of opening your own restaurant, catering business, or food truck, our Diploma in Culinary Entrepreneurship program will give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Tuition Fee

inclusive of two (2) sets of uniform, all ingredients, e-modules, use of kitchen tools and equipment

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