Top Hospitality School Opens its Doors for Cancer

Top Hospitality School Opens its Doors for Cancer

Friday 27 May

Hospitality and cookery students at NZMA Sylvia Park have joined forces with Melanoma NZ to host a special community event, raising money for an NZMA staff member recently diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma.

The fine-dining gala dinner will be held at NZMA’s acclaimed culinary arts school on June 1, and is open to anyone in the community. For just $30 a head, guests will be treated to bubbles on arrival, and a lavish three-course feast created by NZMA’s top culinary arts students. Entertainment for the evening will include a performance by esteemed Korean opera singer Mookun Cho, guest speaker Linda Flay (CEO of Melanoma NZ), and a silent auction, with chances to bid on everything from cases of fine wine to a picnic bench!

The event aims to raise awareness of melanoma and all proceeds will go towards funding new cancer drug Keytruda for NZMA Administration Manager Jennifer Sanders. The 42 year old mum was diagnosed with melanoma in February, and has been advised that Keytruda – which is not yet funded by Pharmac in New Zealand - offers her best hope of survival.

“All the staff and students at NZMA have been so shocked and saddened by Jen’s diagnosis,” says NZMA hospitality tutor Jo Kimi.

“It came completely out of the blue and is a grave reminder for us all of the terrible risks of melanoma, particularly in New Zealand. We wanted to do something to help her and came up with the idea of hosting a dinner for the community, to help fundraise for her treatment.”

This is the first time that NZMA – widely recognised as the country’s top hospitality and cookery school - has opened its doors to the public for a fine-dining event. 

“As well as raising awareness of this deadly disease, it is a great opportunity for us to showcase what we do here. The event will be held in our Carbine Road state-of-the-art training café, our hospitality students will be running front-of-house, while our cookery students will be creating mouth-watering dishes for our guests in our commercial training kitchens.  It will be a wonderful evening.”

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