Ara offers Hospitality Masterclass Series

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20 Jul 2016

Ara Institute of Canterbury is offering a Secondary School Hospitality & Cookery Masterclass Series to hospitality teachers and students, presented by Ara tutors who are experts in their field. Each secondary school teacher may bring two students.

"Our aim is to equip students and teachers with skills and knowledge that reflects international contemporary best practice in order to establish solid pathways for fulfilling and rewarding hospitality careers," says Hospitality and Services Manager Tony Kesseler

The first masterclass kicked off last week and was delivered by former Tequila Mockingbird executive chef and Ara cookery tutor Mark Sycamore. He introduced the high school teachers and students to all that it entails in taking part in cooking competitions.

Mark Sycamore cooking 

Tutor Mark Sycamore showing how to best participate in competitions.

Sycamore who also worked six years at Blanket Bay Lodge in Glenorchy and in many overseas countries, emphasises the importance of finding new ways to help young people to develop culinary skills.

"A lot of the work in the kitchen is about mentoring staff and helping them to become better. I like the fact that at Ara I can teach more people and really help them benefit from my industry experience," Sycamore says.

Sycamore has thrived on the challenges posed by the hospitality industry.

"There is a constant need to experiment, develop new techniques and use new flavours. As technology has developed, more ways have become accessible to get a greater variety of textures and flavours."

The masterclass series consists of three classes and they are free. This was made possible by funding from the Hospitality Training Trust.

The next masterclass on 29th September will focus on Coffee Brewing Methods and is delivered by barista tutor Cameron Hoogervorst. Participants will discover styles of brewing, brew equipment and what single origin beans give the best flavour result.

The final class will be presented by patisserie master Marcus Braun. On 22 November he will show participants how to produce delightfully decorated desserts showcasing new techniques in dessert garnishing for both restaurants and live practical competitions.

The spaces for the upcoming seminars are filling fast, but there are still some spots available. If you are a secondary school hospitality teacher and you would like to register, email: