Cookery student/chef preparing food in kitchens

Hospitality & Cookery

With qualifications in hospitality or cookery students will be work-ready for opportunities in New Zealand and around the world.

Studying cookery at Wintec prepares students to work in a commercial kitchen as a chef. Students will learn cookery skills, as well as the skills to create and price menus, order supplies and catering for events, and many other important skills needed to be successful in industry.

Studying hospitality prepares students to work behind the counter at cafés, brew coffee, provide customer service, be in charge of a restaurant, or to wait tables in a busy restaurant.

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Graduate profiles

Joel Miller: Chef de partie to a royal family

Wintec cookery graduate Joel Miller couldn’t be happier with the way his life is going right now. The 22-year-old Hamilton chef has a dream job as chef de partie to a royal family in Bahrain.

We talk to Joel about his study journey from Wintec to Bahrain and find out just what it takes to land your dream job.

Emma Galloway

Cookery graduate Emma Galloway
Emma Galloway, also known as My Darling Lemon Thyme
Cookbook author, food stylist, photographer and award-winning blogger at
Trade Certificate Level 3 of Professional Cookery (now known as Culinary Arts), 2001
From a young age Emma Galloway knew she wanted to work with food. In her last year of high school, she got a part-time job in a local Raglan café, and the year after she made the decision to study cookery at Wintec. 

“Not only did I want to increase my knowledge, I also knew that having a qualification behind me would mean better work opportunities both here and overseas.”

While studying Emma worked in the industry in different jobs, varying from working in, and then running, the kitchen of a café to working for two top catering companies in Australia. This involvement in the industry while training made the move to full-time work once qualified straightforward, and after working as a chef for six years after graduating, she now works as a freelance recipe developer, food stylist and photographer; writes columns in both Cuisine and Nourish magazines, creates recipes for her blog and works with selected brands to promote their products.

“My study at Wintec set me up with the knowledge and confidence to work in the fast-paced hospitality industry. Even though I no longer work as a chef, I still call on the knowledge gained when developing new recipes and when tackling big projects like writing my two cookbooks I’d use time plans like I remember doing all those years ago at Wintec.”

“Even though experience is often just as valuable as professional training, I really believe that having a solid foundation in cookery, understanding processes and the whys and hows, will set you up for success in the long-term.”

One of the highlights of her time at Wintec? The tutors, of course!

“Their enthusiasm was infectious and their practical knowledge, tips and experience from working in the industry were super helpful.”

Josh Emett

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.

“As someone who just wanted to get into a kitchen and start working, Wintec’s hands on practical learning was a perfect fit. Through Wintec’s connection to industry I gained work experience in Auckland’s Cin Cin restaurant which resulted in a full time job and my career as a chef began.”

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Wintec graduate and chef Josh Emett

Josh Emett
Cookery graduate
2012 Wintec Honorary Award Winner

Work-based learning

Hospitality student, Shinnel Uerata, got a head start on her career thanks to Wintec’s Work- Based Learning (WBL) experience.

While undertaking her 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. 

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Careers in Hospitality & Cookery

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 sk​​ills 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.


Studying hospitality or cookery at Wintec, means practising in our prized student-run training restaurant. Windows is a fully functioning, licensed training restaurant, serving and cooking for paying public guests! Cookery students will learn in two large commercial kitchens and a production kitchen.

Waiter for a night

Waiter for a night is an opportunity to find out what it's like to study at Wintec and work as a waiter.

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Chef for a Night

Chef for a night is an opportunity to find out what it's like to study cookery at Wintec and work as a chef.



Hospitality and Cookery pathway diagram

About the faculty

This centre is strategically placed to meet the needs of learners, graduates and industry; regionally, nationally and internationally. This is achieved through programmes that are developed to meet the specific needs of the industries they are aligned with. The Centre prides itself in its association with industry organisations and associations.

The Centre offers a wide range of programmes in the service industries from hairdressing and beauty therapy to cookery, hospitality 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.

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