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Chef training

Cookery graduate Ryan Prouting says Ara gave him ‘so many opportunities’. A chef at Chillingworth Road bistro in Christchurch, his ambition is to work at top restaurants overseas.

Ryan Prouting

Alex Charlton credits her Ara tutors for giving her the techniques and practical skills she’s using in her work as a demi chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant in London.

Alex Charlton


Malaya Hooper says the café, barista and bakery skills she gained at Ara helped her walk straight into a job as a baker at Café Time in Timaru.

Malaya Hooper

Hospitality management

Hospitality graduate Lauri Brouwer credits her time at Ara with giving her the skills and confidence to work anywhere in the world.

Lauri Brouwer

“The degree really does cover all the bases.”

Kumendra Dharmadasa