Sunday, July 6, 2014

TESDA Offers Training on Japanese Cuisine

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is opening opportunities for Filipinos to discover and learn the traditional Japanese cuisine or washoku with a series of free training. In partnership with the ABC Cooking Studio, Japan's most popular cooking studio, TESDA began holding the cooking lessons on June 16 at the TESDA Women's Center in Taguig City. The training will have 11 batches and will last until August this year.

Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General, said the free training is open to returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs); Household Service Workers (HSW)/Domestic Helpers?; TESDA trainers in Cookery; TESDA graduates in Food Processing, Cookery and Food and Beverage Services. Known for its simplicity of presentation and healthy image, Washoku was named last year as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The cuisine is traditionally a meal of soup and three dishes mainly vegetables and fish and a bowl of rice. According to UNESCO, 'Wa' means Japanese, 'shoku' means 'to eat' or 'meal' or anything food-related.
"We want to expand the culinary expertise of TESDA graduates, trainers and returning OFWs by introducing them to Japanese cuisine," Villanueva said.

The said TESDA training course will teach trainees to utilize a variety of flavors and skillful techniques in preparing the dishes and the basic knowledge and skills related to Washoku through hands-on training.

The following are the schedules of the training:

Batch 1 - June 16 – 20, 2014 (concluded)
Batch 2 - June 23 – 27, 2014
Batch 3 - June 30 – July 4, 2014
Batch 4 - July 7 - 11, 2014
Batch 5 – July 14 – 18, 2014
Batch 6 – July 21 – 25, 2014
Batch 7 – July 28 – Aug. 2, 2014
Batch 8 – Aug. 4 – 8, 2014
Batch 9 – Aug. 11 – 16, 2014
Batch 10 – Aug. 18 – 22, 2014
Batch 11 – Aug. 25-29, 2014

Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Interested applicants may call contact Ritchie Briagas at 817-2651 or email at


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