Catering Intern, Stanford University Residential Dining Experiences, Palo Alto, California, USA
Diploma in Culinary Arts
Deciding to study at AUT was easy, says Pakeezah Suliman who completed a Diploma in Culinary Arts.
“I wanted to study at AUT because I felt that I could expand on my study and perhaps explore different fields within the programme if I felt like it.
"Before I studied culinary arts at AUT, I thought I was an impressive chef. It's funny because once I actually started studying, I realised there's always more to learn, and I think that's what made me a better chef. Not the skills I picked up, but my willingness to keep on learning.”
Throughout her studies, she had a number of highlights.
“What stood out most about my time at AUT were all the skills I took away from my studies, the awards I won in my first year of study for outstanding achievements in professional cookery, and all the friends I made. I met some of the best people I know at university.”
A global perspective
Since finishing her Diploma in Culinary Arts, Pakeezah is now based in sunny California, where she is interning at Stanford University’s Residential Dining Experiences department.
“Through the Internz programme, I’m currently working as a catering intern at Stanford University in Palo Alto. In this role, I’m responsible for assisting the staff in the kitchen to help cater for a range of events.”
What she loves the most about her internship is learning more about how catering in the US differs from New Zealand.
“I applied for this internship because I wanted to gain more knowledge in the area of catering, and learning in America sounded nice because every country has different approaches. I love learning all the new and different things Americans do, or how they call things compared to New Zealand. The only downside is the imperial system. I miss the metric system.”
Advice for other students
After graduating at the end of 2019, Pakeezah has some great advice for other students.
“The people you meet throughout your studies really make the university experience.
“Study can be ruthless at times, so it’s very important that you can connect with someone, especially in your degree, because once you have that emotional support the years just fly by and before you know it, you've graduated."