Hell Week at Academy for International Culinary Arts

Last week, I got invited to a very unique event organized by AICA. For the uninitiated, AICA (which stands for Academy for International Culinary Arts) is one of Cebu’s top culinary schools. The academy is known for its focused classroom set-up, a faculty that is composed of some of the biggest names in culinary arts, and world-class, high-value programs that cater to various needs and demands.

As part of AICA’s Restaurant Simulation Program, students are allowed to invite family members and friends to sample some of their culinary masterpieces. Now, this isn’t just about food tasting. As the name suggests, students have to take part in a restaurant simulation program where ‘customers’ order, praise, get dissatisfied or impatient, or have a major hissy fit if the steak isn’t ‘medium rare.’ For students, this is called ‘hell week.’ For the rest of the ‘customers’ however, we say in unison, “Hell, yeah!”

While waiting for the other guests to arrive, we were served this. Nachos! Very yummy salsa, I must say.

A few minutes later, we were served our appetizers. Here, we have ceviche and Mexican stew.


For our main course, we had to choose between Beef Macchaca (terrible shot, I know)

… and Mexican ribs! Now, although I got to try both (and equally liked em,) I have to say that this one was just heavenly.

And finally, for dessert, I got Spice Cake with Mexican Flan and Bunnuelos. The spice cake was a pretty interesting experience, I’ll tell you that. The bunnuelos looked and tasted like a more expensive version of salvaro. Hehe. And although I hate cinnamon with a passion, the flan actually tasted really great.

To the team who prepared and served these awesome dishes, congratulations! You’re ready for the real thing! Good luck!

P.S. If you ever find yourself having a need for a food taster in the future, you know where to find me. Haha! 🙂

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