FOOD STYLING at CCA Market Cafe'

FOOD STYLING at CCA Market Cafe'.  I was so lucky to be chosen as one of the three social media bloggers who observed last Saturday's Food Styling and Photography class at CCA Market Cafe' at the 5th Level of the Podium.
Since a lot of the participants don't know how to cook. We were divided into five groups. Each group is composed of two (2) persons. The chef used the buddy system to create a balance, one who knows how to cook was partnered with one who doesn't know how to cook.

Since this is about food styling, cooking know how is not really required. We learned that you should be innovative when you style food.

The first step in food styling is to choose your base. Since we have to style "Sinigang na Baboy" we chose this base:

A black soup container. The white substance that you see in the middle is actually made from cornstarch so we won't have difficulty in styling our food. The ingredients are all real. We even cooked, saute', blanch and slice some ingredients and vegetables. Our water is mineral water, sosyal! Ha ha ha! First, we arranged the ingredients in our soup container. Then blanch the vegetables, then after putting everything we put the water as the finale.
We even have real sampalok!
My new found friend Clarice and his partner Chef presented this:
This is from the representative of Del Monte Recipes Philippines
Melon and partner's entry:
This is the adobo entry by Chef and partner. 
Because the dish was dark it was very challenging to take a photo. I hope I get some trainings on how to take pictures in the future.

As we all know, food styling is not just the act of putting together a dish rather an art that requires skill and knowledge. It is through this that a simple dish becomes a work of art. Nowadays, food styling has become very popular in the Philippine scene. CCA Podium recognizes this increasing interest and delivers a project that focuses on teaching food styling as well as food photography.
The Philippines is known for its wide array of mouth-watering dishes. The diversity in flavor and combination of colors will surely take one’s palate to an unforgettable journey. Part of the reason why a dish becomes attractive is the way it is put together. The thought process involved in presenting a dish is no joke as this sets the first impression one has on a certain dish.
CCA Podium, through the Continuing Education Programs, welcomes individuals interested or passionate to learn about food styling and techniques in food photography. Taught by a top notch food stylist and noted food photographer, participants of the course will acquire skills in preparing food for editorial materials. The course aims to develop the participants’ style, creativity, and ingenuity particularly in food styling.  
So if you want to learn how to creatively style food or even pursue a career in photography, you may want to get in touch with CCA Podium by dropping by the 5th floor of The Podium along ADB Avenue in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. You may also call CCA Podium at 696-9083.

About CCA Podium Culinary School Market Café

The first of its kind in the country, CCA Podium Culinary School Market Café is an events place, a market café and a culinary school—all in one posh venue—The Podium Mall in Ortigas Center. Located at the 5th floor, CCA Podium is considered a chef’s world with three function rooms for small junctions and intimate events, a market store where customers can take home freshly cooked products and ingredients; a restaurant where one can immediately satisfy their cravings for good food; and a pastry and catering school for those who are passionate about cooking. CCA Podium also boasts of a roster of American Culinary Federation (ACF)-Certified chefs in its Baking and Pastry courses.
About CCA

The Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) is the first culinary school in Asia. Established in 1996, CCA pioneered culinary arts education in the Philippines. For over fifteen years, CCA has produced some of the best chefs in the country. It offers a world-class curriculum managed by its dedicated and award-winning faculty and staff from the world’s top universities and culinary institutions. Recently, CCA chefs were officially certified by the ACF as the first batch of chefs in the Philippines to be conferred by the largest and most prestigious culinary association in America.


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