Cafe has right ingredients
Baking and patisserie students at the Manukau Institute of Technology now have a real-life cafe to test their recipes in.
Their newly refurbished building will give them more opportunities to gain practical skills.
It is more than twice the size of the original school and includes a large commercial kitchen as well as a bakery cafe, Bake@MIT.
Students can sell their goods in the cafe with the chance to receive customer feedback on their products and get experience in customer relations.
The expansion was given the green light last November after a rapid increase in student enrolments in the course.
The number of students has risen from 40 to 120 since 2012.
School of baking and patisserie senior lecturer Monique Brik says the refurbishment wasn't just to cater for increasing numbers.
"The whole idea of the M Block refurbishment was to create a holistic study and meeting place for staff and students when the shop area is not being used as a commercial bakery."