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Edward with Chef Finn and colleagues during a family luncheon.

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.”

Edward Chae with Celia Hay at his graduation ceremony.

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.”

Eddie's graduation lunch cook featuring Gurnard with new season's asparagus & sauce Hollandaise, Stuffed chicken breast with mushrooms, pan jus & potato rosti and basque cheesecake with macerated Rhubarb

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.”

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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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The School

Founded by Celia Hay, the New Zealand School of Food and Wine opened its first campus in Christchurch in 1995.

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