Training Chef of the Year – Sio Sio Wong
Sio Sio being crowned the Chef of the year,
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying in Cornell. Cornell guides me to the future I always desire and it inspired me to continue to challenge myself. They truly embrace diversity and make me feel like home. The teachers and the faculty are awesome! I will never forget my time at Cornell.”
-Sio Sio Wong
Sio Sio was awarded a cup plus three silver medals. Marks were combined to make her the overall winner. She was the best among the rest. The NZ Hospitality Championships are held annually to showcase the talent of New Zealand’s hospitality industry. It is run in association with NZ Chefs who are the “National Association” supporting and representing Chefs across NZ from school age to mature practitioners.
Laura Eboli - Argentina
International Diploma in Food Preparation and Cookery Supervision (Advanced) (Level 5)
"I have had the chance to use my Cornell training in the areas of stock control, hazard awareness and knife skills which have given me more confidence to develop in the kitchen role.
I have been at Giusto Bar and Eatery from nearly the launch of the establishment and love the opportunity to gain experience in a quality commercial food outlet in the CBD of Auckland."
"Laura supports the morning preparation shift helping with the breakfast and cabinet food. She has made great progress in learning how to produce high quality food, maintaining HACCP principles and developing her knife skills to a suitable level."
-Maria Saunier /Sous chef – Pastry
Expansion of The Cornell Education Group (TCEG)TCEG is pleased to announce that it has purchased Wilkinson’s English Language School (WELS) currently located in Christchurch. This school deservedly holds a NZQA Category One rating based on the External Evaluation and Review conducted in June 2013. The EER team was Highly Confident in the educational performance and Confident in the capability in self-assessment of WELS. The first sentence of the statement of confidence on educational performance maintained that “there is good evidence that most of WELS’s learners and other stakeholders are achieving their goals and gaining valued outcomes.” The statement of confidence on capability in self-assessment opened with the sentence “WELS was able to demonstrate to the evaluation team that it is collecting useful information to assess key processes and practices and is using the information to plan, implement and evaluate improvements.” Such statements illustrate the high quality of WELS and TCEG looks forward to the future with confidence, secure in the knowledge that this addition to the Cornell group will strengthen it. Some of WELS’s courses will be operated from centres where the Cornell group has campuses and some of Cornell’s courses will be offered in Christchurch. This arrangement is significant as English language students in Auckland will now be able to work up to 20 hours a week just as Diploma students have been able to do for a number of years. TCEG welcomes this as an opportunity for its students to be able to gain employment.
Tauranga Campus Open!Cornell Tauranga is made up of new campus – Celebrated for its vibrant mix of New Zealand and Pacific Island cultures, Cornell Tauranga has a style of its own!
Bronze Medal 2014-NZ Culinary Fare
Gold Medal 2014-NZ Culinary Fare
Salmon Training Category
The best part of the National competition was participating in the Salmon Training category and being part of such a large event. I had the chance to learn new skills and observe what the food industry is expecting from professional chefs.
This was a very professional atmosphere for developing techniques and skill sets. From this experience I realised that I have learnt valuable culinary skills that could have only come from being part of the whole culinary training process. The training and guidance from my tutor Jo boosted my speed, design skills, time management and how to handle stress.
This whole experience will definitely help me for my future career, my culinary skills and definitely my self-confidence.
- (Jim) Young Jae Park (Cookery, CIBT)e
Jim was a very good trainee chef who came with an open mind to develop his skills. His knife skills were good and over the training period strengthened. He was easy to mentor and he listened well along with making sure he took notes during the training sessions. As a result I am very pleased and proud of Jim’s results – A gold medal!
- Chef Jo Seedhouse (Trainer)