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Meet chef Kristy

23 Nov 2017

For Sze Yik Ying (Kristy), cooking is a perfect mix of art and science.

“Every chef has to express who they are in their dishes,” she said. “They have to spend time developing their own style and presenting their understanding of the art of cooking.”

Originally from Hong Kong, Kristy was on the hunt for a more relaxed lifestyle and the opportunity to study in her chosen field – culinary arts. New Zealand was the perfect choice.

“It’s a beautiful country with an amazing natural landscape, and high-quality livestock and produce,” she explained.

Before undertaking her degree, she needed to improve her English and meet the university’s academic criteria. She enrolled at ACG English School and then progressed to the AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies, delivered by ACG Pathways.

With top results at pathways, she went on to graduate top of her Bachelor of Culinary Arts at AUT University, and has already held positions at acclaimed Auckland restaurants Sails, Miann and, currently, The Grove.

One day Kristy hopes to travel the world to learn about different cuisines and eventually open her own restaurant, but for now she is happy to be gaining as much experience as possible here in New Zealand.

She says her time at ACG Pathways was an important stepping stone to her career success.

“The course was flexible and comprehensive,” she explains. “It allowed me to adapt to the culture and systems in New Zealand and develop a new social network within a short period of time.”

Kristy completed ACG Education’s fast-track AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies.