NZMA’s Diploma of Professional Cookery students are running our canteen, whipping up inspiring, wholesome lunches as they master the ins and outs of running a catering business. Healthy alternatives will be at the top of the menu, like smoothies not sodas, oven baked chips instead of fries, and even alkaline water.
The focus is on providing health-based dishes and teaching our students how eating well can enhance energy and focus in the classroom.
Principal Robin Kirkham said the venture perfectly embodied the school’s emphasis on teaching and learning.
“We want to provide healthier options and more creative and exciting menus, but having catering students on campus learning their craft fits with our educational ethos and community focus as well,” he said.
“The café is an important hub of the school and will become even more. We want to create options for providing a culinary service to teachers and parents, a pleasant environment where our families and staff can meet to talk through school matters or pop by after dropping their children at school,” he explained.
We’re proud to say it’s the first time a culinary school has joined hands with a primary and secondary school, and we can’t wait for all the exciting new lunch options for our students.