August 22, 2019
School trades academy to full-time cookery students, from left Ricky Parr, Reuben Edwards-McKean and Jessica McLeary-Willetts.

From school trades academy to full-time cookery training

A taste of cookery in a professional training kitchen motivated three West Auckland school leavers to sign-up for fulltime study that gives them unlimited chef career options. Former students from Massey High School, Reuben Edwards-McKean and Ricky Parr, and Jessica McLeary-Willetts from Waitakere College first ventured into Auckland Hotel and Chefs Training School (AHCTS) with their schools’ trades academy. Ricky always knew he wanted to be a chef and recognised the tutors at AHCTS are experienced chefs. He wanted to gain more in-depth knowledge of what a chef really does and understand how important they are in society. “When I […]
July 31, 2019

Students sizzle at AHCTS culinary competition – July 2019

The recent AHCTS culinary competition once again shone the spotlight on the fresh talent coming out of the AHCTS training kitchens. The competition allowed 34 AHCTS students to unleash their creativity and gain valuable feedback on their dishes. Students were given a list of ingredients and had to prepare a dish from the following categories; soup, pasta, fish and dessert. They spent two days planning and preparing their interpretation of each dish and then, on July 17 it was competition time. The competitors faced strict time limits, having to create their dish in one hour and during that time the […]
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 […]