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Sommelier visits to Mornington Peninsula and Macedon Ranges, Victoria

The sommeliers would split into different groups with each one headed for an important wine region in Victoria - Geelong, Yarra, Macedon Ranges and Mornington Peninsula. Read more about 'Sommelier visits to Mornington Peninsula and Macedon Ranges, Victoria'...

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World's 50 Best

Earlier in April, Melbourne was the host of not just its enormously successful Melbourne Food and Wine Festival but for the Awards Dinner of the World's 50 Best Restaurants at a gala event of which I was fortunate to attend.

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New: Gap Year Intensive Courses

Taking some time out for a GAP, perhaps before embarking on tertiary study or to give you space to decide what to do next, is becoming more popular. Read more about 'New: Gap Year Intensive Courses'...

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Inspirational wines from Family of Twelve

In a room filled with members of New Zealand Sommelier and Wine Professionals and hosted by the illustrious wine estates of the  Family of Twelve, we were presented an impressive... Read more about 'Inspirational wines from Family of Twelve'...

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Discovering the wines of Ornellaia

Ornellaia is a wine that evokes many images.  Formed from grapes grown in the dreamy Tuscan region of Bolgheri, where warm coastal breezes lift off the nearby Mediterranean, this wine... Read more about 'Discovering the wines of Ornellaia'...

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Welcome to Summer | January Newsletter

To kick off a new year, it's great to see eight of our top restaurants appear in La Liste's top 1000 restaurants of the world. Read more about 'Welcome to Summer | January Newsletter'...

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Creating with Choux

Celia Hay shares the secrets of how to make versatile choux pastry. Read more about 'Creating with Choux'...

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Newsletter: October update

With a rush and a flurry, September has disappeared but not without vivid memories of our 3rd W&F Wine and Food Celebration. A highlight was the exceptional dinner prepared by Chef David Puig Zaragoza who was accompanied to New Zealand by our former student, Shiz Scott, now DNA Director of Maximal Concepts, owners of a group of innovative restaurants and bars in Hong Kong. 

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Lyndey Milan at New Zealand School of Food and Wine

Read about Lyndey Milan in the kitchen at NZSFW and two recipes: No knead bread with olive oil and chorizo and Churrasco prawns with aji sauce.

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Celia Hay gains French Wine Scholar and Society of Wine Educators Certification

Global networking, personal investment in knowledge and a passion for high quality education have led to Celia Hay becoming the first New Zealander to gain two new wine qualifications, one from France and the other from the United States. 

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Spanish dinner with Chef David Puig Zaragoza

Global networking, personal investment in knowledge and a passion for high quality education have led to Celia Hay becoming the first New Zealander to gain two new wine qualifications, one from France and the other from the United States. 

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NZ Sommelier Awards announced at Special dinner

Young talent from the north and the deep south took top prizes in blind tastings, theory and practical assessments at this year’s New Zealand Sommelier of the Year Awards at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine on Sunday 11 September.

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Enjoy W&F - a weekend of food, wine, fun and friends

Come and meet Chef David Puig Zaragoza, originally from Barcelona and now based in Hong Kong. "My love and journey of food began when I was a child at my grandmother's home, as she was always preparing difficult but delicious meals". David will teach three cooking demonstrations over the weekend and the real treat for the committed foodlover...

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Come along to our 3rd W&F Celebration from September 10 - 12

As well as tasting amazing wines from some of New Zealand’s most illustrious wineries, you will also be able to discover the wines of Spain, this year’s featured wine country.  Read more about 'Come along to our 3rd W&F Celebration from September 10 - 12'...

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Fast Fabulous Food with Lyndey Milan

The classes will highlight speed, simplicity and affordability for busy people, says Lyndey. Lazy Baking will cover five recipes in 90 minutes while Fast & Fabulous will cover some sweet and savoury... Read more about 'Fast Fabulous Food with Lyndey Milan'...

Open Day - Monday 18 July 11am - 6pm

Come along and find out about our range of part time  and NZQA courses. Read more about 'Open Day - Monday 18 July 11am - 6pm'...

A culture of wine and food - our July news

Here is our July newsletter with news the W&F Celebration from Saturday 10 - Monday 12 September and Celia's food and wine classes in China. Read more about ' A culture of wine and food - our July news'...

Red and White wines paired with Xiamen cuisine

The line up wine for our second Xiamen Cuisine Wine Pairing commenced with an aperitif of Zonin Prosecco. Read more about 'Red and White wines paired with Xiamen cuisine'...

Wine & Restaurant Culture course at Xiamen University

Last week I spent five days teaching about Wine and Restaurant Culture to a group of Xiamen University “Materials” students from the Engineering faculty. Read more about 'Wine & Restaurant Culture course at Xiamen University'...

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Former Student Success Stories

Michelle completed the Foundation Level 3 and Certificate in Cookery in 2012 and now you can find her at the Mint Cakery 201b Point Chevalier Road baking up a storm of delicious... Read more about 'Former Student Success Stories '...

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Autumn greetings

A brief visit to Argentina in April was my first time in South America and the new, direct Air New Zealand flight, taking only 11 hours from Auckland, makes Buenos Aires our new go-to destination. Read more about 'Autumn greetings'...

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World Best Sommelier Competition in Argentina 2016

The vibrant wine culture in Argentina has enabled it to host the ASI Association of Sommeliers International's Best Sommelier in the World. Read more about 'World Best Sommelier Competition in Argentina 2016'...

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Launch of NZ Sommelier and Wine Professionals Assn - Tasting Orange wines

The  New Zealand Sommelier and Wine Professionals Association was officially launched on Monday 7 May with the goal: Read more about 'Launch of NZ Sommelier and Wine Professionals Assn - Tasting Orange wines'...

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Forage North Canterbury

Forage North Canterbury was a special day where we picked, foraged, dug, fished, and even shot a host of local foods. Read more about 'Forage North Canterbury'...

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So you want to open your own café or food business?

Celia Hay outlines some important characteristics that are essential to consider before opening a café, restaurant or food business.

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W&F photos from September

Chef Alfredo Romero preparing the pickled onion which was laced with whole peppercorns and formed the garnish for the pulled pork tortillas. Read more about 'W&F photos from September'...

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Come to W&F Celebration

This year our W&F Celebration will run from Sunday 13 – Tuesday 15 September. We have embraced Auckland’s artisan food producers and will showcase some innovative leaders in our two Sunday sessions along with... Read more about 'Come to W&F Celebration'...

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Special Auckland event hosted by the NZSFW

Celebrating special foods and beverages produced in the Auckland region was the theme of this private corporate event at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine.  Read more about 'Special Auckland event hosted by the NZSFW'...

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Celia Hay’s interview with Wallace Chapman

Learn more about the New Zealand Wine with Celia’s interview with Wallace Chapman on RadioNZ Read more about 'Celia Hay’s interview with Wallace Chapman'...

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Open School at NZSFW

Each month, the New Zealand School of Food and Wine opens its doors to visitors and students from all over the country and further afield, wanting to learn more about... Read more about 'Open School at NZSFW'...

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12 step wine tasting process

Tasting wine is a personal experience and is also dramatically influenced by your mood and the environment where you taste. Read more about '12 step wine tasting process'...

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