CPIT chef training gains international endorsement

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22 Sep 2015

CPIT's Department of Food and Hospitality has become the first New Zealand training institute to be recognised by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) as a Quality Culinary Education provider.

CPIT received notice of the prestigious recognition this month.

"Our food and hospitality department works hard to provide leading culinary education and so it is a great honour to be recognised internationally for our efforts," CPIT Chief Executive Kay Giles says. "It's especially exciting that we are the first New Zealand institute to receive this honour."

The WACS is a global network of chefs associations first founded in October 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris. Today, this global body has 100 official chefs associations as members that represent over 10 million professional chefs worldwide. As an authority and opinion leader on food, WACS represents a global voice on all issues related to the culinary profession.


The Worldchefs, in short, Recognition of Quality Culinary Education programme seeks to recognize educational institutions which offer culinary and pastry art programs of various design and size and meet or exceed global standards for quality culinary education as established by the Worldchefs Education Committee.

WACS education director John Clancy says after reviewing the evidence presented, they determined that CPIT "meets and in some cases exceeds WACS Standards of Quality of Culinary Education."

Manager of CPIT's culinary programmes Ryan Marshall says: "This globally recognised endorsement reinforces that CPIT students are receiving the very best culinary training."

CPIT will now be able to use the WACS Recognition of Quality Culinary Education name and marks.
A certificate and award plaque will be awarded to CPIT. CPIT was also be displayed on the WACS website, www.worldchefs.org.