Yummy! Culinary tourism, heritage cuisine take center stage in DOT free online training

Published February 27, 2021, 3:04 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The next edition of the Department of Tourism-National Capital Region’s (NCR) Leadership Excellence Series (LES) will highlight the country’s culinary tourism, heritage cuisine, and best practices in the “new normal.”


The hybrid training program, which is inspired by the world-famous TED Talk, will feature some of the respected culinary practitioners in the country led by chef Godfrey Laforteza, resident chef of Casa Buenas; chef Gabby Prats, one of six ASEAN master chefs in the Philippines; and celebrity chef JP Anglo, who will discuss DOT’s signature training course “Kulinarya.”
DOT-NCR Regional Director Woodrow C.Maquiling, Jr. said this online event emphasizes the importance of elevating customer service through the implementation of health protocols and emphasis on Filipino hospitality.
“LES 2021’s vision resonates clearly, and that is to believe in our [people] power to improve, adapt, and innovate to make 2021 our greatest story of success,” Maquiling said in a statement.

The LES is part of the collection of training courses offered by the tourism department. A brainchild of DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, LES seeks to retool, reskill, and reboot tourism stakeholders and tourism workers in the new normal.

This year’s LES is part of the DOT-NCR’s show of support to the tourism industry, which has been hardest hit by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

This second in a three-part series for LES 2021 will be held at Casa Buenas in Resorts World Manila on March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. via Zoom and simulcast over DOT-NCR’s social media channels @TourismMNL. The series seeks to raise the bar anew for online learning as it integrates live and full production with digital technology. 

LES 2021 is open to the public, free-of-charge, with priority for tourism industry enterprises, players, and frontliners. Interested participants may register at dotncrles2021.wixsite.com/register

To qualify for a DOT certificate of participation, registrants are required to finish the entire online learning program and complete a feedback form.