Hospitality & Cookery


Whether you see yourself behind the counter at the local café, being in charge of a top-flight restaurant, managing a luxury lodge or hotel, or waiting on tables in a busy restaurant, you’ll find the perfect start to your career in Hospitality at Wintec.


Catering for large events or running your own kitchen, ordering supplies, creating and pricing menus, cooking for your customers, training and supervising staff. These are all in-demand skills that could provide you with many career opportunities both here in New Zealand and overseas.

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Embedded within our culinary arts programme are internationally recognised City & Guilds qualifications (​

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Chef for a Night

Ever thought about being a chef? Can you imagine yourself in a commercial kitchen? The inspiration and creativity? The skills? The people and the pace?

Find out for yourself as a CHEF FOR A NIGHT!


Waiter for a Night

Ever wanted to know what it is like to work in a fun, cool, fast paced, interesting and dynamic industry ... Well now is your chance.

Find out for yourself as a WAITER FOR A NIGHT

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Careers in Hospitality & Cookery

As a Waiter or Waitress you'll be busy looking after the needs of diners in restaurants, clubs, hotels and cafes. You'll explain the menu, take orders, serve food and drinks and anticipate your client’s needs. Clearing tables, polishing cutlery and assisting in the restocking of food and drinks is also part of your everyday duties.

Preparing, serving and selling fresh food and drinks are the sk​​ills of a Food Counter Assistant. You'll 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.

As a Maitre D' you're responsible for the overall smooth running of a restaurant or café. You’ll greet customers as they arrive, organise their seating, introduce them to their waiter, and ensure their dining experience goes without a hitch. You’ll supervise the staff, check bills, order stock and organise the cleaning and closing of the restaurant each evening.

As a Chef you'll be busy preparing and cooking food in hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars. You also could 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. So you 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.

Graduate Profiles

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.

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Next stop Bahrain for Wintec-trained chef

Joel Miller

Joel Miller couldn’t be happier with the way his life is going right now. The 19-year-old Hamilton chef has just landed a dream job as chef de partie to a royal family in Bahrain.

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Work based Learning

Shinnel Uerata

Hospitality student, Shinnel Uerata, is getting 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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