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Former Student Success Stories

Michelle Bevan

Michelle completed the Foundation Level 3 and Certificate in Cookery in 2012 and now you can find her at the Mint Cakery 201b Point Chevalier Road baking up a storm of delicious mini cakes. Congratulations Michelle!

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Michelle at Mint Cakery


Brooke McIntryre

‘Who would have thought that as a contestant on MKR My Kitchen Rules 2015 and subsequently the course at NZ School of Food & Wine, would be such a great stepping stone into the chefing world?’

On finishing the Advanced Certificate in Cookery Brooke was fortunate to complete her work experience with chef Shane Yardley from FISH restaurant at the Hilton, Auckland.

‘Shane mentioned that the Hilton in Taupo were recruiting and within days of finishing up my course, I was on my way to Taupo for a trial in the Bistro Lago Kitchen. Thanks to the excellent skills I gained from Chef Stefan, I attained a commis chef position and here I am working hard and learning lots at the Bistro Lago, Hilton Taupo’. Thanks for the update and all the very best.


Stephanie Reeves

"For many years I had the dream of opening my own business, a café, as I loved to make desserts for other people. In 2010 the dream started to become a reality, when I had a ‘if I don’t make this dream happen myself, no-one else is going too’ moment! I hunted down the brochure from NZSFW that my Mum had posted to me when I was in London in 1996."

In May, 2016, Stef opened Red Eight Café in Kaiapoi, North Canterbury. A great achievement and congratulations Stef!

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Red Eight 143 Williams Street, Kaiapoi


Darren Fabri

Darren did the Certificate in Cookery, spent lots of time cooking on superyachts and has now popped back up in Christchurch. Great to see him back.

Darren's new pop up is Home at 99-105 Victoria Street, corner of Salisbury and Victoria Street, Christchurch

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Darren Fabri

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Celia Hay

Celia is a qualified chef and holds the WSET (London) Diploma of Wine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History, Master of Education (Distinction) and MBA Master of Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.

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