Jun 20, 2016
Chelsea arrived to New Zealand from Zimbabwe in March of 2014, ready to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a chef. Just one month later, she started studying Culinary Arts at The Culinary Institute of New Zealand (CINZ) in Kerikeri.
“I enjoyed the small classes. You really get to know the tutors and they get to know you. I found it really easy to learn from them, they all taught me something different.”
A highlight for Chelsea was training at CINZ for the City & Guilds New Zealand Team Skills competition and taking out the top spot, Training Team of the Year, with two other students from CINZ.
“It was intense training. Lots of hours. Lots of blood, sweat and tears, but it was an amazing experience.”
The courses at CINZ see students learn in an onsite commercial kitchen, and serve lunches and dinners to real guests in an onsite restaurant.
“I really enjoyed doing the lunches and dinners where we got to serve real guests. You get to do some stuff outside of the syllabus.”
Before studying at CINZ, Chelsea had a couple of jobs in Zimbabwe. She worked in a small pizza restaurant, and in a café. Now, Chelsea has graduated from CINZ with an Advanced Certificate in Commercial Cookery (Level 4) and is working at an award-winning Kerikeri restaurant, Food at Wharepuke, as a Commis Chef.
“The experience was really unique. I would definitely recommend CINZ to everyone.”