A spe­cial gift from chef Du­casse

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SUNDAY BIZ INQ - MARGAUX SALCEDO

Now that Halloween is over and other Christ­mas jin­gles are on re­peat join­ing Jose Mari Chan who had an early start in Septem­ber, it is of­fi­cially the sea­son of giv­ing.

And what bet­ter gift to give—aside from re­ceiv­ing Christ, of course—than the gift of a fu­ture for the youth?

TheDu­casse Ed­u­ca­tion Philip­pines of leg­endary chef Alain Du­casse at En­derun Col­leges has this gift in the bag, wrapped and ready to be pre­sented to at least 10 street chil­dren em­braced by the Tu­loy Foun­da­tion who would like to some­day be­come chefs.

The gift is called Youth With A Fu­ture, a full schol­ar­ship at the Du­casse Ed­u­ca­tion Philip­pines, the only arm of the Du­casse Ed­u­ca­tion of Alain Du­casse in Asia. The ben­e­fi­cia­ries will get the full ben­e­fit of a Du­casse ed­u­ca­tion, with a cer­tifi­cate at the end of the pro­gram that is ex­actly the same as the one re­ceived by pay­ing stu­dents at En­derun.

What will the schol­ar­ship in­clude? Af­ter a ba­sic culinary pro­gram at Tu­loy Foun­da­tion for 10 months, the cho­sen schol­ars will con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion in Du­casse Ed­u­ca­tion Philip­pines at En­derun Col­leges for three months.

This means they will un­dergo rig­or­ous train­ing un­der the watch­ful eyes of the Du­casse Ed­u­ca­tion culinary team led by chef Marc Chalopin as well as En­derun’s culinary fac­ulty like distin­guished Malaysian chef See Cheong Yan, En­derun’s culinary head.

Af­ter that, En­derun will en­sure they get an­other three months of in­tern­ship with the school’s in­dus­try part­ners. This means in­tern­ships in some of the best ho­tels and Miche­lin-starred restau­rants around the world.

Upon com­plet­ing the pro­gram, they will get a Cer­tifi­cate in Culinary Arts, as they pre­pare for their En­derun bach­e­lor’s de­gree that is the same as that given to reg­u­lar En­derun stu­dents.

As the schol­ars are equipped with this cer­tifi­cate, En­derun will make the ef­fort to place the schol­ars in per­ma­nent jobs that se­cure their fu­ture. Th­ese in­tern­ships and place­ments are pos­si­ble be­cause En­derun has a full ca­reer ser­vices of­fice that main­tains in­dus­try part­ner re­la­tions. This means that all stu­dents have ac­cess to a net­work of in­tern­ships and jobs.

Since the schol­ar­ship pro­gram started in 2013, 30 schol­ars have re­ceived the gift of a Fu­ture.

Tri­cia Ten­suan, vice pres­i­dent for mar­ket­ing of En­derun, proudly shares, “All 30 [gradu- ates of the schol­ar­ship pro­gram] are do­ing very well in their ca­reers. One is work­ing as chef de par­tie at the pres­ti­gious Du­casse Sur Seine in Paris.

He was hand­picked by chef Du­casse him­self dur­ing his visit two years ago when he came to meet all schol­ars. Seven are cur­rently em­ployed at the Four Sea­sons Re­sort Dubai, three are with an in­ter­na­tional ship­ping line and 19 are placed in fine restau­rants around Metro Manila.”

Du­casse com­ing to Manila

Now on its fourth year, En­derun Col­leges will once again bring in Du­casse as guest of honor in a din­ner event for the ben­e­fit of Tu­loy Foun­da­tion on Nov. 27 (Tues­day), 6:00 p.m. at The Tent of En­derun Col­leges, McKin­ley Hill, Taguig.

Ti­tled “Har­vest of Hope,” the din­ner will show­case Philip­pine prod­ucts to be used as in­gre­di­ents for the spe­cial din­ner pre­pared by Du­casse Ed­u­ca­tion Philip­pines’ chefs and stu­dents.

On the first year of the pro­gram, En­derun raised P2 mil­lion for the schol­ars. This year, they hope to raise more than that (be­cause, you know, in­fla­tion).

The ben­e­fit din­ner with no less than THE Alain Du­casse as guest of honor is priced at P10,000 per seat or P83,000 for a ta­ble of 10. This is a five-course meal to be cooked by vol­un­teer chefs, led by Chalopin who has worked with two of the most ex­cep­tional and world-ac­claimed chefs: Joel Robu­chon and Du­casse, of course. (If you pur­chase a ta­ble, they will throw in 10 cock­tail drinks, too.)

Isn’t P10,000 a small price to pay for a child’s en­tire fu­ture? You would pay that for a Miche­lin-starred meal at a Du­casse restau­rant. How great is this deal where you get to can have your cake—the youth’s fu­ture—and eat it, too! To know more about the pro­gram, visit www.youth­with­a­fu­ture.ph. For reservations, call +63 920 964 1628 and look for Cristina Lo­quinario.

—DU­CASSE ED­U­CA­TION PHILIP­PINES

Chef Alain Du­casse with Du­casse Ed­u­ca­tion Philip­pines schol­ars

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