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Flatbush, Auckland New Zealand
NZMA Auckland Central (previously known as NSIA Symonds Street)
Chef de Partie, Degree Bar
I’ve been interested in cookery since I was at high school. I wanted to study abroad, and one of my friends suggested New Zealand. I was keen to enrol at NZMA because it has a reputation of being a really popular and good college. I also knew that NZMA has a really good success rate regarding students doing really well once they have their qualification.
This programme has really helped me learn the basics as I didn’t know much about cookery. But now I’m a professional!
I am the Chef de Partie at Degree Bar located at Auckland’s Viaduct, where I look after the main section. What is the most exciting aspect of your job? I love being creative and developing new seasonal dishes with seafood, especially prawns and fish. There’s such good produce in New Zealand, it’s inspiring to work with fresh ingredients to create tasty dishes.
On my first day I was little nervous and scared because everything was new to me. But the atmosphere on campus was really friendly and made me feel comfortable. Then I relaxed and it helped me make friends from all around the world.
I really enjoyed being on campus at Sylvia Park. It was really good, I made lots of friends from New Zealand and all over the world. It was very different to where I come from, and I had a really good experience while studying there.
Really good!! Level 5 was really enjoyable. I particularly like the last assessment where we needed to create menus for our practical test. It was a little hard, but it made me stop and think, and research about new recipes.
One day I would love to be a Head Chef at a great restaurant.
Throughout my course I’ve learnt that you never stop learning and practicing, and this make all the difference.