Having lots of time in the kitchen is really important, and the programme has really lived up to my expectations and more.
Emma Waser - Cookery
Emma Waser was a student at Mount Aspiring College in Wanaka when she made the decision to study cookery at Otago Polytechnic's Central campus.
As a keen baker, Emma knew she needed to learn the basics and broaden her cookery skills to be able to make a career out of it. She did her research and found the Cookery programme at Central offered exactly what she wanted. “It was the hands-on learning that really appealed to me”, she said. “Having lots of time in the kitchen is really important, and the programme has really lived up to my expectations and more”.
Not only has Emma learnt a broad range of skills that will set her up well for a career in cookery, but she has also maximised the amazing opportunities that are often offered to the students. Emma was a member of the Central team who competed this year at the Nestlé Toque d’or competition and was also selected to represent New Zealand at the New Zealand – Vietnam culinary collaboration. Emma was part of the winning team and said she couldn’t have done it without the help she received from her cookery tutors. “It was such a fantastic opportunity, and I really wanted to go into it as prepared as I could be. My tutors were fantastic, helping me practice and prepare for the competition ahead. The whole NZ – Vietnam experience was awesome, it was very special to be able to cook using different ingredients, and fantastic experiencing a different culture”.
Emma is in her second year of cookery at Otago Polytechnic’s Central campus and is looking forward to what the future holds. “Cookery opens up so many doors and there are plenty of opportunities here and overseas that are out there just waiting for me”.