Chef Gene Gonzalez

Chef Gene Gonzalez: CACS founder, President & Chef-Instructor

If we were to look at what the Philippines has been offering the world from a chef’s point-of-view, two things seem to come to mind:

Look at any cruise ship or international hotel, and chances are, many of the meals enjoyed in this establishment are prepared by Filipino culinary professionals. On the other hand, many foreign students are beginning to enjoy the benefits of the, inexpensive yet excellent, Filipino educational system.

Taking both ideas into mind, I established the Center for Asian Culinary Studies, as a hub for professional and recreational studies in Gastronomy and in Classical and Modern Culinary artistry.

Our vision, of creating the global chefs in a learner-centered environment, with good value education, has made the Center for Asian Culinary Studies known for its quality graduates for the past 9 years.

With our faculty, who are all experienced, dynamic and active food industry consultants and practitioners; CACS, as a global and progressive culinary school, pushes its vision of producing the world’s global chefs.

Welcome to the world of creative cuisine education and excellence!

Chef Gene Gonzalez

CACS President & Chef-Instructor

Passion is what made cuisine his life.

Celebrated Chef Gene Gonzalez, a multi-awarded author of cookbooks and owner of successful restaurants like Café Ysabel and Gino’s Fine Dining, is the president of the culinary school, Center for Asian Culinary Studies (CACS ).

In between teaching, Chef Gene does food styling as well as food consultancies for hotels and restaurants and recipe research and development for food companies. He is also an authority in wines and other beverages like coffee.

A pioneer. He is the first local chef who introduced gourmet cooking on television in the 80’s. He also had a cooking show in the Lifestyle Network called Gene’s Cuisine. He is currently a writer for Manila Bulletin’s TASTE. He has been chosen to judge along with a panel of Asia’s Gourmet celebrities at the prestigious Best of the Best Culinary Awards in Hong Kong.

A world-class chef. For more than a decade, Chef Gene concentrated on updating his culinary skills abroad and sharing it with his students at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies. He also has a food and beverage consultancy company, SFBC aside from running his restaurant, Cafe Ysabel.

Gastronomic Affiliations:

Chaine des Rotisseurs Baillage de Manille

Director, Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines 1991 – 1994

International Wine & Food Society

Confradia de Caballeros de San Miguel de las Vias

Awards and Commendations:

Knighted by Ordre Mondial Des Gourmets Degustateurs

Knighted by Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs

Promoted to Charge de Presse (1987)

Promoted to Conseiller Culinaire (1988)

Top Male Achiever in the Food Service by 1988

International Food Service Executive Association (Philippines Branch)

Founding Member Alta Cocina Filipina(Philippine Contemporary Cuisine Movement)

Ten Outstanding Young Men Awardee (Culinary Arts 1992)

The Gerry Roxas Foundation Award for Excellence

Book Published Cocina Sulipeña: Culinary Gems from Old Pampanga (1993)

Published Pinoy Classic Series: The Inihaw, Ensalada, Adobo, And Pancit Books (1999)

Promoted to Maitre Rotisseur (1999)

Published Pinoy Classic Series: The Kakanin, Sabaw, Gulay Philippine Bar Book (2001)

Archer Achiever of the College of Liberal Arts (2000- 2001) DLSU, Taft

La Salle Dove Award for Excellence (2000- 2001) DLSU, Taft

Published Fundamentals of Professional Cooking and Baking Textbook (2002)

Knighted by The Confradia de Caballeros de San Miguel de Las Viñas, Spain (2003)

Promoted to Commandeur by Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs 2004

Published the book: Going East (2007) and won an award