NZMA campuses are friendly and fun environments where students have the opportunity to shine and share their experiences. When the New Zealand Hospitality Championships, in association with NZChefs, come around each year, students are buzzing with excitement as local and international students come together under the NZMA banner to compete.
This year, from 11-14 August at ASB Stadiuim at Greenlane, NZMA had 46 students compete at the event, from Sylvia Park, Otahuhu, and Waikato campuses over the weekend. Alongside our local students, were international students from Germany, South Korea, Vietnam, China, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Russia, Nepal and Cambodia.
With 1000 nationwide competitors and 400 judges, volunteers, mentors and support staff gathered over 4 days to celebrate NZ Gastronomy and Hospitality, the NZMA team were thrilled to win 9 gold, 19 silver and 19 bronze medals, plus six Class Winners, and Cocktail Champion of the Year. This highlights again the incredible teaching expertise and dedication of our NZMA staff, but also the commitment from NZMA students to perform under pressure.
The following students were our top placegetters:
- Sylvia Park Campus hospitality student Sina Schulze from Germany was awarded 2 gold and 1 silver medal in the three categories she participated in to be crowned “Cocktail Champion of the Year”.
- Patrick Taylor – Gold - Best in Class - Live pasta and mushroom
- Manav Syal – Gold - Best in Class - Live salmon
- Satyam Deshmukh – Silver - Best in Class - Live Venison
- Spencer Zhan – Gold - Open Live Classic Cocktail, Mystery Box Cocktail, Live Innovative Cocktail
- Komaldeep Kaur and Meleniua Fehoko – Silver – Innovative Table Setting
Congratulations to all our medal placegetters, and thanks to our eight trainers whose dedication has helped our students reach their goals.
The New Zealand Hospitality Championships in association with NZChefs are held annually to showcase the talent of New Zealand’s hospitality industry. It is New Zealand’s largest hospitality competition, with around 1000 students and professionals competing in a number of competitions covering barista, cookery, cocktail creation and tablesetting. It is run in association with NZChefs who are the “National Association” supporting and representing Chefs across New Zealand from school age to mature practitioners. There has been an increase in competitor numbers of 50% over last year.