Wed 10 Feb 2016

Genevieve's medal win

Witt hospitality student Genevieve Lysaght’s run of success has continued.

She has been named as one of just three New Zealand based international medal winners in the latest announcement from British-based City and Guilds.

Last year she and fellow Witt students Abbey Warner and Nerys Whelan won the annual Nestlé Toque d'Or student culinary competition.

She said the City and Guilds honour was the cherry on top after getting her qualification through WITT and the competition win.

`This is beyond anything I expected,” she said.

There’s no question about that – Genevieve was unaware her name had even been put forward.

The teenager features in the 2016 WITT prospectus and is a product of the Youth Guarantee Programme which helps transition students from school into tertiary education.

At WITT she completed a certificate in Espresso, Bar and Restaurant last year and next week will be heading north to Auckland to start a patisserie diploma course at AUT.

Tutor Kristin McCormack, who was behind the nomination, said Genevieve was an amazing young woman who had found her calling.

City & Guilds operates in over 80 countries providing learners with practical skills required in the workplace. It offers vocational and technical qualifications in work ranging from health and tourism to business and construction.

Genevieve was one of 17 meals winners announced internationally. Three were from New Zealand, four each from Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago,  three from the United Arab Emirates, two from Pakistan and one from Myanmar. The other New Zealand based winners were Daniel Baird, at Weltec, and Jessie Osborne, Wintec.