Tue 11 Sep 2018

Jason is our master chef

Jason Daurua arrived at WITT as an art and design student – but has left with Level 5 Diploma in Cookery and a City and Guilds exam result which has been one of the big talking points among tutors.

WITT started offering the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) in 2017 and as part of that programme of study, students are able to gain the City and Guilds International Advanced Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking Supervision.

Through a lot of hard work, study and quality tutoring, Jason (pictured) is the second student in the programme to be awarded a distinction pass from his external City and Guilds examination.

 “I first enrolled at WITT to study Art and Design, but found it wasn't really for me and I wasn't enjoying myself,” Jason said.

“Then I saw the Culinary courses which I didn't know WITT taught and it definitely caught my eye as I really enjoyed cooking at home and would always find myself watching cooking shows on television.  The things I learned from my time in art and design helped my cooking too. The culinary courses have definitely helped me, I didn't feel very motivated beforehand but these past few years in cooking have been very fulfilling and I'm excited to get out into the industry.”

Tutor Craig Ludlow said Jason’s result was extraordinary and as an international qualification, puts him in a strong position to find work wherever he wants.

“The exam itself is three hours, all questions require detailed and long answers, which must be then justified, and candidates must show an advanced understanding of complex elements and concepts in hospitality across a range of subjects,” Craig said.

There are no direct cookery questions other than food safety.

The exam is marked as a hard copy in London by City & Guilds, and the typical wait for results is two to three months.

“I've done a few C and G exams in the past which I found a lot easier in comparison to this one, as this was the only written exam,” said Jason. “The others were done in an online multiple choice way. But the tests and assignments within the course definitely prepared me for it, as well as a lot of study in my own time.”

Taranaki born Jason is now planning an end-of-year trip south to Wellington to look at work options in hospitality and tourism.

He also wants to take a trip to Fiji to visit his father.