Pretty keen on hos­pi­tal­ity de­gree


Caterer Ruth Pretty has been awarded an Hon­orary Bach­e­lor in Hos­pi­tal­ity Man­age­ment for her con­tri­bu­tion to New Zealand’s food and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tors. Mrs Pretty, founder and co-owner/ op­er­a­tor of Ruth Pretty Cater­ing, re­ceived the hon­orary de­gree from Welling­ton In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy on Fe­bru­ary 3.

‘‘I was very de­lighted when they asked me to ac­cept it be­cause I be­lieve there needs to be a strong fo­cus on train­ing in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try in New Zealand, and I be­lieve it is a re­ally great, in­ter­est­ing and vi­brant ca­reer for peo­ple to choose. Ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent, ev­ery day is ex­cit­ing.’’

Mrs Pretty and her hus­band Paul have catered for nu­mer­ous pres­ti­gious events, in­clud­ing films The Lord of the Rings and King Kong, and the World of Wear­able Art.

Mrs Pretty has writ­ten five cook­books, her sixth due out at the end of the year, and writes a weekly col­umn in the Do­min­ion Post.

She said it was great to be recog­nised for cater­ing, a sub­ject she was not en­cour­aged to study. ‘‘When I was at school it cer­tainly wasn’t an area that would have even been sug­gested by the ca­reer’s ad­vi­sor.’’

Home science was part of the cur­ricu­lum at her school, but it was con­sid­ered to be a sub­ject for lower stream classes.

‘‘I think TV shows, such as Jamie Oliver, have done a lot to bring the fo­cus of hos­pi­tal­ity back to schools and there are many schools in the Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua area who do have hos­pi­tal­ity de­part­ments and train to unit stan­dards, and they do a great job.’’

Mrs Pretty was pre­sented with the award at the Michael Fowler Cen­tre.

Recog­ni­tion: Caterer Ruth Pretty, right, with Welling­ton Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, af­ter she was awarded an hon­orary de­gree.

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