Hospitality students from NZMA’s Auckland Central Academy have taken home a string of medals from the prestigious Auckland Regional Culinary Fare.
Held at AUT on June 23 and 24, competitors from all over greater Auckland battled it out for top titles across a range of hospitality related events. Several Diploma in Hospitality Management students from NZMA participated in the Table Setting, Barista, Classic Cocktail and Mocktail categories.
Ayaka Someya and Shota Tsujimura, both from Japan, were awarded gold medals for their Classic Cocktails. In the same category Naomi Kawase took home silver while Mayu Suzuki and Michael Wu were both awarded bronze. Michael also won a bronze in the Barista category.
The Mocktail category saw students serve up Shirley Temples and Nojitos. Denis Anctupov and Yukina Sato both won silver medals and Daniel Matheson and Hakan Kasapoglu were awarded bronze for this event.
English for Hospitality tutor Paul Hill trained these students for several weeks prior to the event and was thrilled with the results.
“We had a really special cocktail team this year,” says Paul.
“Nine students in two different classes have given total support to each other throughout the entire event, from training right through to their separate competition days. This peer support has helped them to grow, and pushed them to succeed so well. In addition to their competition training, the students had the opportunity to use their practical bar skills at functions such as NZMA’s recent Mid-Winter Industry Function and the Coca-Cola Careers Expo, where they served cocktails and mocktails respectively to clients and interested parties.
“While it is always great to see them win medals, the greatest return is knowing that what they have learnt has built their knowledge, which will in turn build their confidence for the challenging and rewarding world of hospitality.”
Pavel Pleskot and Moana Ese trained competitors up for the other two categories – Barista and Table Setting. Sisters Moana and Piata Hollaway took out silver and bronze respectively in Barista, while coffee lovers Mavaenga Okay and Eddie Chae also gained silver medals. In the Table Setting competition NZMA came home with two silvers (Mutsuko Morisue and Jacques Grobler) and three bronze medals (Lee Strydom, Daniel Matheson and Ruth Flores).
Academy Manager - Hospitality, Leanda Bekker, says she is delighted with the results and believes they are thanks to a winning combination of top-notch teaching and dedicated students.
“Everybody has worked so hard, not just the students, but also the tutors. Their efforts definitely paid off at the weekend – it was a fantastic way for us to showcase the excellent quality of hospitality training that takes place here at NZMA Auckland Central,” Leanda says.