Ateneo-Le Cordon Bleu Institute to Open Its Doors in 2015

February 28, 2019

Metro Manila is teeming with restaurants serving different cuisines, with new trends and attractions popping up almost every other week. Given our burgeoning food industry, the need for more and more skilled talent to continue serving the city’s needs continues to rise. With independent culinary institutes in the Philippines gaining more and more recognition, a certain university has finally decided to open its doors to hospitality management programs.

Mr. Andre Cointreau, President and CEO of Le Cordon Bleu International and Father Jose Ramon T. Villarin, AdMU President, signing the agreement. (Photo via Ateneo)

Ateneo-Le Cordon Bleu and will offer courses on hospitality education starting 2015.

The Ateneo de Manila University has recently partnered with world-renowned culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu, to create a number of degree programs that are geared towards hospitality education. Starting 2015, the Ateneo-Le Cordon Bleu Institute will be accepting students for its first course under the new program, B.S. Restaurant Entrepreneurship. In succeeding years, the following courses are also expected to appear in the lineup:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM)
  2. Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management (BSHM)
  3. Master of Science in Hospitality Management / Hotel and Restaurant Management (MSHM/MSHRM)
  4. Doctor of Hotel and Restaurant Management / Hospitality Management (DHRM/DHHM)

From L-R: Darwin Yu (Acting Dean, JGSOM), John Paul Vergara (VP, Loyola Schools), Andre Cointrea (Director and President of Le Cordon Bleu International), Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin (President, Ateneo de Manila University), Antonette Angeles (VP, Ateneo Professional Schools), Albert Buenviaje (Dean, Ateneo Graduate School of Business) (Photo via Ateneo)

B.S. Restaurant Entrepreneurship will be the first offered program, but one-day certificate culinary courses will be available as well.

For those who aren’t looking for a traditional four year program, the Ateneo-Le Cordon Bleu Institute will be offering one-day certificate culinary courses as well. These courses will be available in both the Loyola Schools and the Rockwell campus. Dean Rudy Ang from the Ateneo John Gokongwei School of Management (JGSOM) describes these hospitality courses as highly differentiated and specialized.

Ateneo’s partnership with Le Cordon Bleu will rectify the erroneous assumption that one has to leave the country for topnotch education in these fields. Le Cordon Bleu is the world’s largest institution that focuses primarily on hospitality education. It currently has over 50 schools in 5 different continents serving 20,000 students (including a few celebrities like this Gossip Girl star) in a year, and is renowned for its courses on hospitality management, tourism, culinary arts, and gastronomy.

What do you think about this newest venture between Ateneo and Le Cordon Bleu? Do you agree that we should invest in hospitality education? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

Sources: Ateneo, Le Cordon Bleu, and Rappler

Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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2 responses to “Ateneo-Le Cordon Bleu Institute to Open Its Doors in 2015”

  1. guest says:

    too late to jump on the bandwagon, too many culinary schools already, this’ll just be another club you can join to rub elbows with the who’s who. ivy league’s never been about the education anyway, the contacts you make there so much more valuable than whatever you learn in HOTELOP 101

  2. Ramon Ong says:

    My congratulations to ADMU! We should be thankful to M. Cointreau for his trust in the great reputation of ADMU to maintain the high standards of Le Cordon Bleu in the field of education.

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