CPIT makes world culinary school list
A Christchurch culinary school has become the first in the country to be recognised in a world class list.
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology's (CPIT) Department of Food and Hospitality is now a Quality Culinary Education provider, recognised by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS).
The global network, founded in 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris, recognises educational institutions offering culinary and pastry art programmes which meet global standards for quality culinary education.
WACS education director John Clancy said after reviewing the evidence presented, it was determined that CPIT "meets and in some cases exceeds WACS Standards of Quality of Culinary Education".
CPIT chief executive Kay Giles said it was "especially exciting" to be the first in New Zealand to receive the honour.
"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."
Ryan Marshall, manager of CPIT's culinary programmes, said it "reinforces" that CPIT students were receiving the very best culinary training.
CPIT can now use the WACS Recognition of Quality Culinary Education name and marks, will receive a certificate and award plaque, and will be displayed on the WACS website.
The global body has 100 official chefs associations as members, representing more than 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.