Lydia Lee

Lydia Lee

Chef, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, USA
Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts

AUT always felt like a second home, says culinary arts alumna Lydia Lee.

“As a culinary arts student, you stay with the same class throughout your three years of study, so you create a strong bond with everyone and meet some great people along your journey. One of the highlights for me was meeting awesome academic staff who cared about our wellbeing and future, and were always there to help us and guide us.

“AUT is known as a leading university for hospitality. That’s why I decided to study at AUT – I wanted to learn from the best.”

Valuable international experience
Lydia is now sharing her passion for food with the guests of luxury hotel The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. She got this sought-after internship through the AUT Internz International Scholarships Programme.

“I was blessed enough to be awarded the AUT Internz scholarship to work as a chef at The Broadmoor. I applied for this internship because I thought it would be an amazing experience after graduating university, and would really give me a head start in life and look great on my CV.”

She loves the variety of her role.

“I’m currently working as a saucier in the one of the many restaurants at The Broadmoor, but during my stay here I’ll also be able to experience some of the other kitchens. I love meeting people from different countries through my work here.”

Advice for other students
Lydia, who graduated at the end of 2017, has some great advice for other students.

“Don’t worry about what the future holds for you – everything will fall into place. But that doesn’t mean you can just stand still and expect opportunities to come to you; you have to be hungry for those opportunities. Take up any opportunity you can get your hands on, and just aim to be a better version of yourself.”

Don’t be scared to make mistakes, she adds.

“Expect to make mistakes. You will learn from them, and just remember that everything happens for a reason.”