Castro , Bel, MA
Assistant Dean, College of Hospitality Management
Ms. Castro earned her Psychology degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1985, which led her to the fields of advertising, public relations, events management, and line production. After nearly 15 years in the business, she chose to earn a one-year Certificate IV in Restaurant Operations at Le Cordon Bleu in Australia, a course she finished with “High Distinction.” In 2003, Ms. Castro became the first Filipino and the first Asian to be awarded an MA in Gastronomy, a double-badged program of Le Cordon Bleu and the University of Adelaide in South Australia, also finishing with “High Distinction.”
Her personal interests are centered on food history, cuisine, and culture. Her research in these fields has led to invitations to present her work on two separate occasions at the Symposium of Australian Gastronomy, and also at the prestigious Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery. Bel Castro is WSET Certified and holds a Level 3 Award in Wine & Spirits.