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What unites a love of science, food and people? Studying and forging a career in wine. Tori explains her journey.

'The New Zealand School of Food and Wine really helped me explore my options in the food and wine sector. I enrolled in the Certificate in Cookery and this included the NZ Certificate in Wine and WSET level 1 which actually changed my direction towards the wine industry but also gave me an incredible appreciation of the skill and art of cheffing. This has given me a well-rounded head start in the industry'

'WSET level 2 and 3 gave me knowledge and confidence to advocate for myself in the wine industry, with the support from Celia through being an alumnae’

I am now an account manager for a wine distributor and previously worked as a wine retail manager, including being a staff wine educator and trainer. There are many other directions you can go in with this sector once you have some knowledge behind you.

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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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