Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Dumaguete Academy for Culinary Arts different from other culinary schools?

Since 2007, founder and director Mr. Gunther Sanin, Austrian, humbly started and operated a small fine dining restaurant along the remote area in Dumaguete City, he find out the needs and potentials from his diners and regular guest does motivated and inspired him in making his success on culinary career in the Philippines.

And the Dumaguete Academy for Culinary Arts was created by a humble beginning together with his team as their desire and dream as well as sharing their craft and skills because of their love and passion to the Filipino people.

They created and brought a unique and innovative comprehensive culinary arts program in the Philippines specifically designed to prepare the Filipino graduates for the international hospitality workplace having the European Educational Standard using the Dual-Education System from Germany, equipped with effective learning methods, having 80% hands-on training by our dedicated and high-caliber foreign chef Instructors from Europe namely Chef Instructors namely Chef Gunther Sanin, Chef Marcus Reus, Chef Toni Tortorici and Chef Karen Oriola  thus making us different from other culinary schools in the Philippines.

How can I apply for a Culinary Arts Diploma Program at DACA?

All applicants must be at least 18 years old otherwise parental consent is required and either of the following:

  • High school graduate with above average rating grades especially in English and Math Subjects – documentation required
  • Undergraduate students who has the ability and passion to take the kitchen tasks and challenges- documentation required
  • Associate graduate from any college or at least two years of experience in the Food and Beverage Industry – documentation required
  • All professionals, all in-house chefs, Overseas Filipino Workers, local skilled workers who are willing to enhance their culinary career.
  • OFW applicants for trainings and certificates needed for culinary or food service job application and documentation.
  • Applicants must be able to effectively read, write and communicate in the English language. Of course, students must also want to cook or bake professionally!


  • A completed enrollment application form
  • A completed general agreement form
  • A copy of the Transcript of Records and Two (2) Copies each of Passport Size and 1×1 Photo are required upon enrollment.

Applicants are required to take an assessment examination on the first day of class and an interview with the Director, prior to enrollment.

What is included in the Culinary Arts Diploma Program tuition fees?

Tuition and Fees at DACA is a 3x 3month Culinary Program: Culinary Arts 1, Culinary Arts 2 and Culinary Arts 3 with European Educational Standard include instructional costs and required fees. We provide INCLUSIVE packages to our students from the total amount at NO hidden cost and other charges. Conditions and breakdown of tuition fee details are available at DACA’s accounting office.

Our Inclusive Packages:

  • A set of Chef’s Uniform (jacket and pants)
  • School supplies for lecture and laboratory use.
  • Course Folders / Compilation of lecture hand-outs
  • Chef Tools (for Culinary Arts 1 and 2 )
  • Field trips ( air fare and hotel accommodation only)
  • Laboratory Ingredients (imported and local)
  • One lunch meal and two snacks during class period

Our Chef’s Table Packages are available as short courses programs which are rate accordingly to the course description and number of hours/days.

Kitchen laboratory ingredients, pair of hand towels, and a school T-shirt are provided for short courses and weekend courses. See our short courses tab for tuition and fees details.

We also provide special programs designed to each type of level or group of students in their field of specialization. Tuition and fees rate may differ from each type of programs and agreement.

Included from the package are a set of culinary chef uniform, kitchen laboratory ingredients, one lunch meal during classes, pair of hand towels and lecture hand-outs.

What is not included in the course prices?

  • All extra school supplies needs
  • Extra chef’s uniforms: Jacket or pants
  • School T-shirts
  • Additional text book references
  • Travel/ field trips and school allowances
  • Additional knife sets or kitchen tools if needed
  • Culinary or Kitchen Shoes white or black
  • DACA souvenirs items
  • Restaurant orders
  • Items sold at DACA and Deli shops.

Where I can find a TESDA accredited and registered training center in Negros Oriental?

If you are looking to enroll in Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the first move would probably be know if the TESDA training courses you are interested in are available within your area. The next big thing is to know if there is a TESDA training center near your area that offers the Culinary Course Program that you are interested to enroll in. Dumaguete Academy for Culinary Arts is the best fit to your culinary needs. Director Guenther Sanin is TESDA accredited Trainer and Instructor.

What can I do with a Culinary Arts Diploma and Culinary Certificates?

The food-service/ international hospitality field is one of the fastest growing job sectors in this competitive global food business industry, thus increasingly seeking a culinary school diploma / certificates as an essential credential for a job in their kitchens. But working as a food professional can mean more than just working in a restaurant.

Other possibilities include catering, hotel and restaurant management; publishing and television; private and corporate dining; specialty food retailing; food styling; wholesale and retail baking; food and beverage consulting; freelance food writing; and recipe development.

Does DACA offer some financial aid, scholar/ sponsorship programs?

Yes. Qualified students enrolling in the Dumaguete Academy for Culinary Arts Diploma Program can apply for TESDA Scholarship.

Contact us for uidelines and policies for the financial aid, scholarship/ sponsorship programs

Toggle titleDoes your school have any housing or accommodation/ dormitories for the students ?

Once accepted, our office will assist and help you find accommodation in the surrounding places or communities which is closer to the school. It’s off-campus housing with affordable rate as well as clean and safe environment.

What are the current programs, courses or certificate programs offered in your academy?

Culinary Arts Diploma

Short Courses
–    Culinary Management Course

Weekend Crash Courses:

  • Sausage Production
  • Italian Pasta
  • Salads and Dressings
  • Professional Baking Program

DACA has also individual courses for friends and small groups. Get in contact with us.

Do I need to have a previous kitchen experience to enroll at DACA?

No! All students begin at the same level. Students begin their first day in the classroom and kitchen with the basics of culinary skills and theory and each day build upon their foundation, techniques, presentation and taste.

Some of our students are at the start of their working lives, dreaming of becoming executive chefs in the nation’s top restaurants. Others have already worked in professional kitchens and are seeking a way to deepen their knowledge and advance their careers. Career changers, too, have long made up an important part of our student body.

What percentage of the program is hands-on?

We take great pride in our profession and aim to instill in each of the students the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm needed for success.

Our training is 70% hands-on instruction and 30% theory instruction.

What is the class ratio?

We are one of the lowest class ratios in the Philippines with certified foreign chefs’ instructors! Our Chef Instructors set high standards to challenge students during the whole training.

In the Culinary Arts program there is a maximum of ten (10) students per Chef Instructor.

For short and crash courses there is a maximum of seven (7) students per Chef Instructor.

Can I learn enough in nine months to be employed upon graduation?

Most definitely. With our small student/instructor ratio, the lowest in the Philippines, combined with our long training day of eight hours in six days and 70% hands-on instruction, our programs are fast paced, focused, and intense.

What types of jobs will I be qualified for after I graduate?

Our Culinary Arts graduates find employment in many different locations and settings. The employment options are quite varied: for example, our culinary graduates enter apprenticeships and work in five-star hotels, resorts and restaurants while other works in cruises and yachts.

Why go to culinary school? What can I expect to learn?

Sometimes prospective students ask us why they should enroll in culinary school. Why not simply find a good restaurant and learn on the job? While working in a restaurant helps you assess whether the field is indeed for you, a drawback to on-the-job training is that your culinary education is limited to the repertoire of a single employer. Moreover, you may learn the hows of cooking by working in a restaurant, your employer probably wouldn’t have time to teach you the whys of cooking. That’s where culinary school comes in. We consider questions such as Why does a sauce break? Why does a cake fall? What makes a stock cloudy? Etc.