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The forward-thinking and highly-creative
team of chefs and industry professionals
at NZMA have seen this top hospitality and
cookery school deliver some of the most
innovative industry training in the country.
Named Training Provider of the Year at
last year’s NZChefs National Salon, NZMA
consistently breaks new ground and
introduces bold new initiatives to ensure
its place at the vanguard of the sector.
Its school of culinary arts, led by chef
extraordinaire Jasbir Kaur, inspires
hundreds of students every week -
students who are entering the industry not
just with exemplary cookery skills, but also
with a social conscience, environmental
awareness, and creative flair.
Patisserie tutor and award-winning
pastry chef Ganesh Khedekar has wowed
foodies and culinary judges for years with
his jaw-dropping chocolate sculptures and
gravity-defying cakes. As a guest judge on
the grand finale of last year’s MasterChef
New Zealand, Ganesh challenged the
top two contestants to recreate the
dessert he’d just made for Pastry Chef
of the Year– duo feuilletine with smoked
chocolate and black garlic ice-cream.
Ganesh encourages his students to push
the boundaries when it comes to texture,
flavour and presentation.
When he’s not imparting his wisdom
to industry newcomers, Ganesh can be
found cooking up a storm at The Slice,
a dessert café he recently opened in
Conifer Grove with his partner, fellow
pastry chef Lucia Cheong. In the six
months since opening, the café has
attracted a huge following of sweet
lovers who travel from near and far to
savour its delights.
Another pair to watch are Robert
Harper and Kevin O’Regan. Both
culinary arts tutors at NZMA, they’ve
recently launched ‘Feast’, a social dining
experience that’s receiving rave reviews.
With nearly 40 years of combined
international cheffing experience, Robert
and Kevin are stepping into people’s
homes to cook ten-course meals for
small groups, with the aim of bringing
people together through food.
“We were lamenting the fact that people
don’t sit down and eat and converse as a
family as much anymore. The concept of
supper clubs is huge in Europe and the US
so we decided to do it here,” says Kevin.
Together they bring their take on
modern gastronomy – with a liberal dash
of showmanship – to the table, to create
a unique, upmarket dining experience.
With a location now secured in the CBD,
they’re about to launch the concept as a
Robert says Feast is a fantastic way for
them to showcase their creativity, and
stay up with the play. “As culinary arts
tutors we need to stay current and keep
our fingers on the pulse. It’s important for
us to keep challenging ourselves – both
for our own careers, and to ensure our
students are graduating with all the skills
and talent needed to succeed as chefs.”
NZMA’s hospitality management
programmes are just as progressive.
Before joining NZMA, Campus Manager
for Hospitality and Business Nishat
Elavia travelled the world with P&O
and Carnival Cruises, working on liners
ranging from 700 to 3000 guests. He says
that because tutors come directly from
highly successful and diverse careers in
frontline hospitality, students are taught
real skills for today’s employers. This,
teamed with the practical experience
students gain through working in
NZMA’s onsite cafes, completing industry
internships and working in relevant
part-time employment throughout their
studies, ensures they hit the ground
running when they graduate.
This becomes especially evident at
the much lauded annual NZMA Careers
Fairs, where the crème de la crème of
hospitality newcomers are snapped up
for exciting roles both in New Zealand
and overseas. Last year 1200 students
and more than 50 leading employers
participated, including SkyCity,
Millennium, Heritage Hotels, the Hip
Group, Vital Hospitality and St Pierre’s.
With such a high calibre of graduates,
it’s not surprising that this year’s fairs –
scheduled for Auckland and Hamilton in
October – look set to be even bigger.
NZMA – it’s on a roll
• innovative, hands-on hospitality and
• dedicated Careers Team takes the
headache out of recruitment
• hand-pick the best staff at NZMA
Careers Fairs. For more, email:
CREATIVITY AT NZMA
Robert Harper (left) and Kevin O'Regan
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