May 20, 2019
Sumit AHCTS Graduate at ParisButter

AHCTS gives confidence to follow culinary passion

Changing his direction of study provided an AHCTS level 4 cookery graduate with a career pathway that he says was the best decision he ever made. Sumit Sharma Bral completed his professional cookery training in 2018 and it enabled him to progress from working as a part-time kitchen hand to becoming a full-time chef. When Sumit came to New Zealand from India he was studying business, but when he transferred to Auckland Hotel and Chefs Training School (AHCTS) he realised how much he enjoyed culinary art. “At AHCTS the cookery course built my confidence and the training wasn’t so hard […]
November 26, 2018

Diverse culinary employment opportunities

  One of the main reasons Jessabel Granada left her home in The Philippines and came to New Zealand was to learn more about kitchen and food culture in new surroundings. Jess and her partner Andrew James Soriano run the successful restaurant, Nanam, in prestigious Takapuna on Auckland’s North Shore. They employ AHCTS graduates and students, who enjoy working in the creative kitchen. The cuisine that is true to the chefs’ Filipino style has found a niche with New Zealand diners and recently, won a spot in much coveted Metro Top 50 list. Jess and Andrew are young, and they […]
September 26, 2018

Kia ora Jasmine

AHCTS would like to send out a warm welcome to our new recruitment and enrolment manager, Fleur Jasmine Rey-Saldua. A professor in business and public administration, Jasmine previously worked as a lecturer at the International College of Auckland and marketing co-ordinator at AGI Education Ltd. Originally from the Philippines, Jasmine and her husband moved to New Zealand three years ago. “We love living in Auckland. The people are friendly, the environment is pristine and believe it or not, the traffic is much better here than in the Philippines,” says Jasmine. Although not from a hospitality background, Jasmine is a keen cook […]
September 25, 2018

Chef success at Vineyard Cafe – Villa Maria

The hands-on learning is just starting when Auckland Hotel & Chefs Training School graduates start working in high profile kitchens, preparing dishes for clientele with high expectations. AHCTS graduate, Parnell Porter is thriving in his demi chef role at Vineyard Cafe – Villa Maria, where he has spent 18 months expanding his knowledge of commercial kitchen work. Parnell’s AHCTS cookery tutor, Alex Baudoin, brought his class to the highly-respected restaurant located in rural south Auckland, and Parnell aspired to a future in a leading kitchen. When Parnell was at Aorere College he found school wasn’t a great fit for him, […]