August E-newsletter



August is right here and this month we’re introducing our new in-house internet developer/ digital marketer Rax Mahbub, we’re working away within the background on our web site so watch this area for a brand new look coming quickly! We’ve received a run down on our examination course of as we’ve just lately held exams in Auckland and have extra arising within the subsequent week in Christchurch. Chef Andy reveals us methods to make an excellent roast hen (one among my favourites), whereas Chef Paul takes a take a look at winter cooking choices. Check out a brand new Croatian deal with or check your kitchen tools information.

Need to Attempt One thing New?

Joanne Hassan our Educational Scholar and Finance Administrator has shared this household favorite

On the lookout for one thing completely different to bask in? Needing a brand new thought on your subsequent “take a plate” occasion? Certainly one of our household favourites comes from my Croatian heritage, Kroštule (Candy Pastry Knots).

Kroštule is a standard pastry from Dalmatia, the coastal space of Croatia, the place my grandparents immigrated to New Zealand from. Kroštule are made by deep frying dough and are a standard Christmas candy.


Kroštule is a really outdated recipe that has Latin roots: “crustulum.” Within the Roman time, crustulum, additionally known as “mini Roman pancake” was thought-about to be a small deal with for troopers throughout instances of conflict.

They’re very easy to make and scrumptious to eat! Dobar tek!



Rax – Bio

We’d wish to share with you our latest crew member Rakib Mahbub, extra generally often called Rax. Rax has been working with us for the previous 2 months and is our new front-end internet developer, digital marketer and photographer.

Initially from Bangladesh, Rax got here to New Zealand in 2015 and accomplished his submit graduate diploma in Enterprise in 2017. Previous to becoming a member of Worldwide Culinary Studio, he has labored in numerous firms in Gross sales Assistant, Digital Advertising and Net Developer roles.

Welcome Rax, we’re glad to have you ever and sit up for seeing extra of your expertise at work!

Q & A With Rax

How do you wish to spend your leisure time?    

I like to hang around with pals, discover the South Island with my companion, taking images and studying new issues about digital advertising, web sites and images.

What’s your go to dish to prepare dinner – what are you “professional stage” at?

“Lemon Rooster roast”- braised with honey and herbs with baked greens on the facet. Not professional, however it’ll do for the dinner!

Do you watch TV Cooking Programmes? If that’s the case, what’s your favorite?

Hell’s Kitchen

 What meals will you by no means eat?

Canine. They’re additionally too cute for me to eat them willingly.

The place is your favourite place to go for dinner?

My balcony when my companion cooks me a pleasant dinner and we sit collectively and chat.

The place is your favourite place to go for dinner?

It’s my Mother’s cooking. She makes superb Bangladeshi curries and Biriyani. My companion typically calls her to get the recipes so her cooking is changing into my second favorite!


Winter Cooking with Chef Paul


Winters are chilly in Canterbury frosty and crisp. I keep in mind these early days as a schoolboy strolling to highschool within the frost, frozen puddles to slip throughout on the way in which to highschool.

In winter I all the time spend extra time across the range then on the markets however I do take pleasure in going to the markets any time. Not so much actually grows this time of 12 months, however nonetheless as a chef you should keep in mind to assist the native market. The winter components are nonetheless thrilling lemons, root greens, leeks, mushrooms and nuts.

For me it’s really in regards to the craft of cooking greens like celery, parsnips, leeks, pumpkin and beetroot. Utilizing vinegars and olive oils for taste, plus using your summer time preserves of chutneys and pickles. My favourite dishes on chilly nights could be whip potato, braised lamb Shanks with beans and meet jus or braised veal cheeks, steam cabbage with whipped kumara and many pan juices. Complete stuffed hen with sage and lemon thyme, roasted root greens is one other favorite.

I really like working in a restaurant kitchen that grows its personal herbs and greens and something natural. I feel all cooks ought to know methods to develop herbs, there’s nothing higher than recent herbs used every day within the kitchen.

Winter is a superb time for making a shares and soups. Browned bones, herbs cooking down to supply a strong inventory. These shares are nice for soups and one of the best time to have soup is on a chilly winters’ day. Final evening it was leek, spinach pumpkin and hen soup. Oxtail soup could be one among my favorites. I discover real pleasure in making an attempt to good this straightforward kitchen activity and the inspiration is to all the time produce it higher, working cleaner, sooner, studying methods to use your knives higher and safer. However making an attempt to grasp my craft as a chef is one thing I do know like, many cooks. I’ll all the time try to attain higher.

This time of the 12 months is nice for stews and roasting greens glazing them within the oven getting them to the precise cooking diploma and color. Winter is a time for regeneration within the backyard, composting and enriching the soils for spring, conserving every thing natural.
I assume success as a chef has all the time been in regards to the artwork of science the onerous work within the kitchen, how a lot expertise do you’ve gotten, how a lot information have you ever gained, and the way badly would you like it. I by no means cease studying and daily there’s one thing new I can add to my e book of data in regards to the artwork of a chef. I’m all the time striving to be one of the best. I feel that’s what makes this business so thrilling and enjoyable to be in.

Why not strive your pickled walnuts quince paste on a 2day bitter dough together with your favourite soup!

Are you aware your kitchen tools?

Establish all of those and be in to win our Junior Chef Baking Programme, winner to be introduced in our September E-newsletter. E-mail us your solutions to

Chef Andy – Roast Rooster

Who doesn’t love a roast on a cold night! Watch Chef Andy present you the way he prepares roast hen.

What do our exams appear like?

On the 16th and 17th July we held exams for the NZQA Stage four Certificates in Cookery in Auckland after which on the seventh and eighth August in Christchurch. All college students finding out this course should full 120 business hours in addition to a concept and sensible examination earlier than receiving their qualification.

Right here’s a top level view of how our exams are run. On the primary day the speculation examination is held, this consists of a 2 hour Meals Security examination adopted by the NZQA Stage four examination – college students are allowed three hours to finish this. Outcomes are given nearly instantly afterwards.
Later that day the preparation is finished for the sensible examination, The Mis-en-place contains gathering components and weight out as per dish, refrigerate all dairy, meat, fish and so forth, put together greens, getting all presentation plates and tools prepared.

After all, on the morning of the examination, college students should be on time, accurately wearing clear ironed cooks’ uniform, able to go together with their knives and a passable work plan.

Throughout this examination our college students got 5 hours to finish and current fish inventory, a chowder entree, a foremost of Vietnamese Rooster Curry with Spiced Rice Pilaf and adopted by a Passionfruit Souffle dessert. The intention of the ultimate examination is to showcase a variety of the chef’s expertise whereas in a stress atmosphere.

College students are given the menu and what’s required for the examination a couple of weeks upfront, giving them the chance to apply and ask as many questions as they like.

I’ve included some images of the completed merchandise – I hope it provides a little bit inspiration to these about to start their culinary journey with us!


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