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New Café at Crown Causes Waves!

Written by Natalie Tolhopf on March 12th, 2014.      0 comments

Crown students and staff no longer need to venture out of the campus to find scrumptious muffins, coffee and lunches!

At Crown, we are continually trying to find opportunities for our students to gain valuable work experience. Crown hospitality students are helping run the café and the skills they are learning are going towards completing their unit standards.

The Ripple café was one of the school’s initiatives for students to learn how to operate their own café and to be trained in running a business. Commercial Café owners Max and Vivienne are really keen to show students how to run a professional café, alongside providing great food and beverages at reasonable prices!

Max and Viv also own VMax Café which is situated in the funky Wynyard Quarter where their main clientele are bankers, lawyers and other business people. Their combined knowledge of award-winning barista skills and a long history in hospitality is going to really inspire our students to be the best they can be!

The food is made fresh every day and is very tasty indeed. From delicious sandwiches, salads and curries, to cakes and muffins, there is a wide variety of food to suit everyone’s tastes.

Students will acquire invaluable skills from this experience. At Crown, we find that graduates who have relevant work experience in the industry step into the workforce much faster than those without it.

The name The Ripple, originates from the business partners’ love of liquids: perfectly-extracted espressos, velvety blended smoothies shared with friends and the new location of the café which boasts sea views. The Ripple - A ripple of laughter, coffee with a peep of the sea, food and fun with friends.

Our comprehensive 42 week Food and Beverage Service and Hotel Services and Reception Operations qualifications will equip you with everything you need for a long and successful career in hospitality.

Alternatively, we also offer a variety of shorter hospitality courses, ranging from 14 to 28 weeks in length. You are free to choose the qualification that best fits your needs and time limitations.

Finally, our widely recognised and highly regarded 56 week National Diploma in Hospitality Management qualification is perfect for those looking to gain a thorough and detailed understanding of the skills required to work in the hospitality sector.

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Do you prefer your raspberry jam shaken or stirred?

Written by Amy Tregidga on September 1st, 2013.      0 comments

Congratulations to the Crown Institute of Studies students who competed at the 2013 New Zealand Culinary Fare.
Students from Crown competed for the first time in the Original/Innovative Cocktail class of the Fare.  They were awarded silver and bronze medals. The judging was extremely strict compared to the Auckland Regional Culinary Fare.  No gold medals were awarded in the Original/Innovative Cocktail class, so this was a great result.
Chris Saw’s ‘Mad Craving’ cocktail won him a silver medal.  He used some really interesting ingredients such as fresh ginger, raspberry jam, rhubarb and his own homemade sour mix.  The judges commented on how well he had infused strawberry Skittles in the Finlandia Vodka that he used in the cocktail.
The Crown students all study in the Certificate in International Hospitality - Food and Beverage Service course.  This is a very popular course where students gain six NZQA National Certificates and the internationally recognised London City and Guilds Diploma.
Along with the class-work, the course includes focused career sessions, graduate career guidance and an up to date job zone. Many of our students gain relevant work experience while studying.  Students are supported during studies to become work ready and hit the ground running. Crown hospitality students work in many of Auckland’s prestigious hotels, restaurants and bars.
Studying a hospitality course can help you to secure one of the best jobs in the industry, as there is a shortage of experienced workers. Vacancies can appear suddenly, so when the perfect opportunity arises, you want to be prepared, knowing you're qualified with the experience and expertise to be in the running for a great position.
If you would like more information about Crown’s Hospitality courses then please contact the recruitment team on 0800 357 316 or info@crown.ac.nz.

Enrolling now for courses starting October 2013 and February 2014.
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