April 16, 2018

The voice behind AHCTS’s 0800 00CHEF

For four years, David Dawson has been the man who answers the first inquiry calls to AHCTS from prospective trainee chefs. He started out training at AHCTS, has worked as a chef and run his own catering company. David knows just how it feels when young people start learning new skills. “A young guy came to me and said he hated school but wanted to be a chef, which was a bit like me I suppose,” says David. “That student went right through AHCTS to level 5 cookery and he has a real passion for cooking, he knows what he […]
March 2, 2018

AHCTS students experience restaurant learning

Preparing a real meal for real diners in a restaurant setting is an exciting learning experience for Auckland Hotel and Chefs Training School cookery students. Family, friends, fellow students and chef tutors are invited to AHCTS to dine in the school’s restaurant, enjoying a delicious meal prepared entirely by the students. The multi-course lunch is called a live service and chef tutor, Sach Kadam says the students are always a little nervous. “Usually, preparation starts the day before the live service and the educational outcome is to encourage the students to learn about being organised and keeping their cool,” says […]
December 18, 2017

Top AHCTS students for 2017

On December 8, 2017 Auckland Hotel & Chefs Training School celebrated the success of students graduating and starting out in chef careers. Congratulations to our three top students for 2017. National Certificate in Hospitality Cookery Level 2 – Levi Philp New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4 – Leiscni Murgatroyd New Zealand Diploma in Cookery Advanced Level 5 – Lisle Sia Lisle also gained distinction in her London City & Guilds exams.
December 18, 2017

Kiwi chef graduates in hot demand

A trip to New Zealand gave an aspirational young Filipino woman the opportunity to pursue a new career that she never thought was possible. In September 2015, Lisle Sia took her first steps into a teaching kitchen at Auckland Hotel and Chefs Training School (AHCTS) and her dream to become a chef started to come true. “I loved baking, but I didn’t know very much about other cookery and I knew I needed to learn this,” says Lisle. Cooking for family and friends was very different from preparing multiple innovative and high-end dishes for a restaurant, and undertaking formal cookery […]