Eddie Chae has just completed the Level 4 Cookery Diploma at the NZSFW.
He is running the barista course at the school with Oliver Hay and is soon moving into his own business.
Early life and background
“I have just completed the Level 4 Cookery Certificate at the New Zealand School of Food & Wine (NZSFW). I’m originally from Korea and arrived in New Zealand when I was nine years old with my parents, who were inspired to move countries in search of better educational opportunities. This eventually led me to study at the NZSFW. I am currently running the barista course with Oliver Hay at the NZSFW.”
Now that you have graduated, what are your goals?
“I was going to open my own café but there were a few logistical issues that stopped it from happening and then Covid came along so the New Zealand School of Food & Wine has helped me to upgrade my qualifications. I am soon going to run my own café and roastery in Tokoroa.”
What are some of your best learning memories of studying at the NZ School of Food and Wine?
“The best thing for me was having different tutors. All of the tutors have different experiences to offer and we get to learn their stories, which helps us to learn. Another one of the best things for me was how the school managed to run throughout the lock downs we had. Because it was so well managed and well organised, we were still able to study at home during Covid. We all managed to finish our courses on time. I was quite surprised by this but it was the highlight of my year because we were all really worried at that time but the school was managed it brilliantly.”
Advice for other students?
“Come and have fun. The school really connects with its students so you will be looked after. Even the work experiences will lead you to the right places and the school will guide you in the best direction.”