The Wellington cooking student is one of the first to enjoy the new facilities at the Wel Tech’s new Cuba street hospitality campus.
The campus is a joint venture with the international cooking school Le Cordon Bleu which shares the building.
Lee began Wel Tech’s cookery course in July at the old hospitality campus in Petone and admits the modern facilities of the new campus influenced her decision to study at Wel Tech.
“There’s no better facilities anywhere in the world and here I can learn the fundamentals of cooking with some of Wellington’s leading chefs.”
Lee says after her cooking course she plans to study pastry making before launching her career as a wedding cake designer. Her career choice, she says, was influenced by her grandmother.
“She was in the cake decorating guild, but now has arthritis in her hands so has all this cake decorating gear lying around.”
Lee is one of some 500 students the facility can take at any one time. Ben Shadbolt, coordinator of Wel Tech’s cooking and front of house programme, says further facilities are still being developed and when completed the school will be able to take 700 students per year.
“The central position of the campus also allows for close connections with the local hospitality industry and this can only strengthen Wellington’s position as New Zealand’s culinary capital,” Shadbolt says.
Wel Tech’s new School of Hospitality will be officially opened on October 24.