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Success Story: Meet Chelsea Mendes

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Hamilton
Meet Chelsea Mendes Hero

Chelsea travelled from Goa, India to New Zealand to complete her Diploma in Cookery with NZMA Hamilton.

Dedicated to succeeding regardless of obstacles along the way, she was awarded the Student of the Year award at the 2020 NZMA graduation. In 2021, Chelsea competed in the Waikato Regional Culinary Fare, walking away with a gold medal and top of the class in the Main Meal category. She would then go on to be named Emerging Chef of the Year as part of the Waikato Hospitality Awards.

It is evident Chelsea has a natural passion and talent for the industry –recruited soon after her graduation to be a Sous Chef at Thyme Square, a restaurant based in Hamilton renowned for its hand-crafted and locally sourced cuisine.

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