On June 2 2020, it was announced that Auckland Hotel and Chefs Training School (AHCTS) will close due to the impact of COVID-19 on its on-going viability. General manager Paul Anderson says it was with much sadness that he informed 60 students currently enrolled at AHCTS that the cookery school was closing. About half of the students are New Zealand residents, from nearby Auckland suburbs and the other half are international enrolments. “Our students returned to training when New Zealand moved to level 3, with classes being divided between multiple kitchens,” says Anderson. “With the Covid-19 pandemic there was a complete […]
See how and why AHCTS level 5 cookery students complete a live service when training at the New Zealand boutique chef school based in Auckland. See students while they prepare a brunch for diners and AHCTS head chef tutor Sam Fraser-List explains the learning process.
Looking for several experiences to learn from others has opened kitchen doors of fine-dining restaurants for a young AHCTS graduate. The chef school’s 2019 top level 4 cookery graduate, Anjamo Nieuwland, has been recognised for his hard work, enthusiasm and skill, which has led to him working in some of Auckland’s most respected restaurants. When he started at Auckland Hotel and Chefs Training School he didn’t think he wanted to be a chef, but he enrolled in the level 2 class because a friend was doing it. Anjamo was only 16 years old and he felt he had nothing to […]
At the AHCTS end-of-year prize giving it was overwhelming to hear how proud families were of the accomplishments of their aspiring young chefs. The chef graduates may have been a little shy about their success, but their tutors and families enthusiastically shared stories about how the young chefs transformed during their time at AHCTS. For many of the students, graduating from the Level 2 or Level 4 cookery course was the first time they had committed to study and gained a qualification. The chef tutors and support staff at AHCTS applaud them for working hard and succeeding. They have great […]