Moderne Culinaire Academy Partners with KDU and Berjaya Universities

Moderne Culinaire Cuisine Exterior

A few weeks ago, I was invited by my friend Xander to tour Moderne Culinaire Academy.

The event was actually to announce that Moderne Culinaire Academy (MCU) has partnered with 2 universities in Malaysia – the prestigious KDU University College and Berjaya University College of Hospitality in Malaysia.


Both of these universities are highly-renowned for their culinary programs, and through these partnerships, every MCU student can now include them in their journey towards being a successful professional in the culinary and hospitality industry.

Students enrolled under MCA’s Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts and Kitchen Management program now have the option to go to Malaysia after their two-year certificate course and continue their studies further on either campus. Upon completion of the additional two years, they will be rewarded with a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts Management while adding another year would allow them a Master’s Degree.

The programs cover a high level of business entrepreneurship training (with classes on marketing, accounting, and operations) alongside intense hands-on learning (butchery, pastry- and bread-making) — education perfect for aspiring executive chefs and restaurateurs.

“We here at MCA take pride on helping our students become the best in their chosen field,” MCA’s Academic and Administrative Head Jester Ong Chuan shares. “This partnership only strengthens that belief since KDU and Berjaya are known to have the best culinary and hospitality programs in Southeast Asia. This will open a lot of doors for them.”


We started with a cupcake decorating class taught by Chef Markus Elegino of Markus Patisserie and Bistro (The Boy Who Bakes). He also teaches at MCU.

Markus Elegino MCU Cupcake Decorating

Markus Elegino MCU Cupcake Decorating 2

Markus Elegino MCU Cupcake Decorating 3

Markus Elegino MCU Cupcake Decorating 4

Each of the guests took turns piping out some Swiss buttercream and decorating our own cupcakes. Thank you for this hands-on experience, I now feel more confident to do more cake decorating at home 

This is the one I made!

Cupcake Decorating


After our hands-on cupcake decorating, we were given a short tour of the school. Moderne Culinaire Academy is located in a new-looking, long, narrow building. There’s parking available and there’s a guard to assist.

The first floor has the reception area and classrooms.

MCU Stairs

LOL, I only noticed the clown right now! I wonder why they have it there.

MCU Classroom

The kitchens / the students preparing our dinner:

MCU Students Kitchen

The library:

Passion Gerard Dubois


Dinner was an international affair, with dishes showing what MCU students can do. The set-up was so pretty and romantic!


White Zinfandel

Appetizer – Maui Ahi Tuna Poke – marinated tuna in soy sauce and sesame oil on avocado

Maui Ahi Tuna Poke

Salad – “Yam Sam O” – authentic Thai pomelo salad in a basket

Thai Pomelo Salad

Soup – Bouillabaisse – traditional French seafood stew of Provence


Main Course – Cuisses de Poulet Farci Aux Marsala – stuffed chicken leg with Marsala sauce

Stuffed Chicken Leg

Stuffed Chicken Leg

Dessert – Purple Yam Cheesecake

Purple Yam Cheesecake

Directions to Moderne Culinaire Academy

Moderne Culinaire Academy is located near TESDA. Coming from the Makati side of South Super Highway, on the East Service Road, just right after TESDA, turn left into Diego Silang Avenue. There’s a gate going to the AFPOVAI. After going through the guard, just continue on the same street until you reach MCU.

Established in 1983, KDU University College boasts an impressive 96% employment rate for its students upon graduation in top-tier hotels and establishments, both in Malaysia and abroad. Graduates of Berjaya University College of Hospitality similarly enjoy a high level of opportunity since the university is under the famed Berjaya Group, a multi-national corporation with a stellar portfolio in the food-service and hospitality industry.

Moderne Culinaire Academy
155 Diego Silang St., Phase 1 AFPOVAI, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
Administrator’s Office: +63 2 843 8071.

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