Want to be a great chef? It starts here

Auckland City Harbour News - - Education & Training -

The pop­u­lar­ity of culi­nary arts as a pro­fes­sion has grown in re­cent years be­cause of the boom in the leisure in­dus­try. Also, thanks in part to the num­ber of slick TV shows on food prepa­ra­tion and cook­ing, chefs have be­come celebri­ties in their own right!

Es­tab­lished 22 years ago, the Auck­land Ho­tel & Chefs Train­ing School (AHCTS) is an ex­cel­lent plat­form for those plan­ning to en­ter an im­mensely creative field, which of­fers in­nu­mer­able job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

As well as be­ing the only private hos­pi­tal­ity train­ing school of its type in the CBD area - one that is purely fo­cused on food ser­vice train­ing - AHCTS has a slew of other big ad­van­tages: Sea­soned pro­fes­sion­als to guide you to your goals, rig­or­ous kitchen drills, and most im­por­tantly huge in­dus­try net­work­ing.

So if you want to be a chef in a fine restau­rant, start a cater­ing com­pany, or work on a lux­ury cruise ship, take the first step to­wards mak­ing those dreams come true by hitch­ing your wagon to AHCTS. They know the in­dus­try inside out, and frankly when it comes to land­ing the best jobs, it all boils down to who you know.

With sites in New­mar­ket and Sy­monds St, close to the trans­port hubs, the school has in­tro­duced some old-fash­ioned val­ues back into ed­u­ca­tion. Like be­ing pas­sion­ate about stu­dents. And be­ing pas­sion­ate about food!

“Ev­i­dence of our de­vo­tion is in our growth and in the en­thu­si­asm em­ploy­ers have for our stu­dents,” says re­cruit­ment man­ager Kirsty Denyer.

AHCTS staff are in­dus­try vet­er­ans who con­tinue to work their magic in fine kitchens. Each of them has a min­i­mum of 15 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence. Con­se­quently, their tu­to­rial stan­dards are high and rel­e­vant to to­day’s in­dus­try stan­dards.

AHCTS has an ex­cel­lent mix of free and fee-pay­ing cour­ses, and there are skill en­hance­ment pro­grammes for Maori and Pa­cific is­lan­ders.

There are en­try-level cour­ses where school­leavers with a flair for cook­ing can de­velop skills.

They are also proud of their award-win­ning rep­u­ta­tion, and for be­ing a spon­sor­ship mem­ber of the yearly Na­tional Col­lege Chal­lenge culi­nary com­pe­ti­tion.

AHCTS is lo­cated at 8-10 Moun­tain Rd, New­mar­ket. Phone 307-6877. Web­site: www.ahcts.co.nz.

Cut­ting edge: Billy Solomona, left, leads a clutch of in­spired chefs-to-be.

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