Career Choices Day 2020
Are you looking for a fresh start in 2021? Career Choices Day is a whānau-friendly event for all ages where you can discover what Wintec has to offer with family-friendly activities throughout the day.
For those with a passion for creating and delivering great food, wine, and coffee, embarking on study within cookery or hospitality are great study options.
Completing our culinary qualifications will enable you to work as a cook/chef in a commercial kitchen. Not only will you learn cookery skills, but also the knowledge of how to create and price menus, order supplies, cater for events, and many other important skills needed to be successful in the industry.
Studying hospitality prepares students to provide high-level service to customers within the food and beverage environment. Whether it’s working as a barista to produce top-notch coffee, engaging customers, serving food, or operating the stands at a café, these qualifications teach you all the best-practice protocols and tricks of the hospitality trade.
All programmes lead to nationally-recognised qualifications. In addition, the Licence Controller qualification is offered within the Restaurant and Bar Supervisory programme and as a stand-alone course. Industry-specific short courses are also offered in areas of food safety and barista training.
Critically acclaimed chef, Josh Emett, came from humble beginnings growing up on a dairy farm just outside Hamilton.
After studying to be a chef at Waikato Polytechnic (now Wintec) he quickly progressed to fine dining restaurants in Auckland and Melbourne and then moved to London and worked for Gordon Ramsay for over 10 years, quickly becoming head chef at the world renowned Savoy Grill before opening restaurants for Gordon Ramsay in New York, Los Angeles and Melbourne.
On returning to New Zealand, Josh and his business partner Fleur opened Madam Woo in Queenstown, and have since opened three more Madam Woos in Dunedin, Takapuna, and Hamilton, with Christchurch due to open in February.
2012 Wintec Honorary Award Winner
Hospitality student, Shinnel Uerata, got a head start on her career thanks to the Wintec Work-Based Learning (WBL) experience.
While undertaking culinary arts study at Wintec, Shinnel undertook a WBL placement at Mavis and Co.’s Hamilton East café. Just two weeks into the placement, Shinnel had proven her worth and was hired to work at Mavis and Co.
Waiters or Waitresses will be busy looking after the needs of diners in restaurants, clubs, hotels and cafes. They will explain the menu, take orders, serve food and drinks and anticipate their client’s needs. Clearing tables, polishing cutlery and assisting in the restocking of food and drinks is also part of the everyday duties.
Preparing, serving and selling fresh food and drinks are the skills of a Food counter assistant. Food counter assistants will also be answering questions from customers about the food on display, checking to ensure food is kept fresh and at a safe temperature, managing the till, weighing, pricing and packing orders, and managing staff and work rosters.
Maitre d' are responsible for the overall smooth running of a restaurant or café. They greet customers as they arrive, organise their seating, introduce them to their waiter, and ensure their dining experience goes without a hitch. They supervise the staff, check bills, order stock, and organise the cleaning and closing of the restaurant each evening.
Chefs prepare and cook food in hotels, restaurants, cafes, and bars. They could also be involved in designing, planning and pricing menus, training and supervising staff, buying food supplies and equipment, keeping records, and keeping work areas clean and tidy.
Caterers manage and co-ordinate the preparation of food for functions or events. They could help cook the food, meet with clients to plan the event, co-ordinate staff, organise seating and any additional equipment needed, packup after the event, and do administrative tasks such as billing.
Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at email@example.com.
We offer a range of courses covering the areas of hospitality, cookery, and restaurant and beverage service. The programmes provide diverse opportunities for graduates and a broad range of career paths.
The training and qualifications have local, national and international relevance, which is achieved through best- practice facilitation, modern facilities, current industry technologies, flexible delivery, and contemporary practices.
The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.
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