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.