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 wants to do and has focus.”
When a prospective student applies to study at AHCTS David needs to see they have a real interest in a chef career.
“I ask them what they have been doing and why they want to be a chef. I also explain that the career is demanding.”
Throughout the years the ratio of student chef applicants from New Zealand in comparison to international applicants has gone through various cycles. Currently, there is huge demand for skilled and dedicated employees and David thinks the restaurant and hospitality industry needs to promote the vocation with young Kiwis.
David visits schools through West Auckland to speak to careers advisors or teach the hospitality class for the day. The school students are about 16 to 18 years old and are under a tight time schedule to complete their cooking tasks. David needs to have everything prepped for them and it is fast-paced cookery – to give them an idea of what it would be like to work in a commercial kitchen.
For many of these college students this will be the motivating moment that encourages them to pick up the phone and chat with David about studying with AHCTS.
Call Davis now at 0800 00CHEF or email firstname.lastname@example.org.