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Our Tutors

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Our teaching staff have a wealth of knowledge gained from working around the world, and are passionate about creating the next generation of hospitality professionals.

CELIA HAY

The New Zealand School of Food & Wine Founder and Director. Information about Celia and the history of the school can be found here.

MICHAEL CHEN

Michael is our coffee guru, and has taught hundreds of baristas how to make the perfect espresso. Michael has been perfecting his craft in Auckland for more than 10 years. In addition to teaching with us, he can be found advising businesses around the city and operating as Head Barista and as a latte artist. 

CLINT DAVIES

After completing his culinary training, Clint gained experience in restaurants in Auckland and around the United States, where he found his passion for smoked meats and authentic flavours. After teaching our students he can be found at his new restaurant in Ponsonby.

CHARLOTTE HOPE

A second generation School of Food & Wine 'family' member, Lottie completed a cookery qualification with us. After graduation her career took her to sea, working on super yachts around Australia and the Pacific. Her speciality is tempting cafe fare, which she delivers every day in our adjacent cafe.

STEFAN LOETSCHER 

A Swiss native, Stefan trained in his native country before gaining experience in illustrious Michelin starred establishments. He specialises in Modern European cuisine and before he joined the team owned a bistro in Herne Bay for 5 years. Stefan's philosophy is by having a thorough knowledge of the foundations skills of cookery, his students will be able to add their own creativity and flair throughout their career. 

FRANCK LARUELLE

A new member of the team for 2017 and another Swiss native, Franck's career has focussed on fine dining establishments, including Michelin starred restaurants, and hotels around Europe and the USA. Before moving to New Zealand Franck's teaching history includes the famed Glion Institute of Higher Education and the Blue Mountains Hotel School. Franck's vision for his students is to show them the world of opportunity which awaits, and to teach them skills for the very highest level of service. 

GRANT PICKUP

Grant has over 25 years' worth of experience working in and as a business advisor to the hospitality sector, both in the UK and New Zealand. His speciality is in Bartending & Cocktails, as well as professional qualifications such as Food Safety and Licence Controller Qualifications (LCQ). Grant believes that with gaining knowledge, people will gain confidence and love for what they do. 

JOELLE THOMSON

Joelle first fell in love with wine over a glass of big buttery Chardonnay and she has since gone on to become a highly accomplished trained journalist, editor, wine writer and author (of 16 published wine books) as well as a graduate of the WSET Diploma. 

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