Save the date: AUT Culinary Arts and Gastronomy Winter Series 2022

by | Aug 9, 2022 | News


Curated by AUT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism and held right in the heart of the city on AUT’s city campus, the AUT Gastronomy & Culinary Winter Series programme for 2022 brings together a mix of academic and industry content in an eclectic range of events all designed to stimulate discussion, explore tastes, and showcase the potential of food. Check out the wide range of options below:

Not just another Coconut

The work of The Pacific Food Lab | August 16, WH building room 415, 12pm – 1pm, free

Bringing together people, communities and organisations, The Pacific Food Lab aims to help contribute to resilient and sustainable food systems in Aotearoa and the broader Pacific region. Join Professor Tracy Berno and chef Gaby Levionnois as they discuss the Pacific Food lab project and present some tastes of the pacific.

Pleasant Vices

August 17, Four Seasons, WH Building, 5pm – 7pm, $35 

Mothers ruin, the green fairy – alcohol has always been seen as a vice, but some drinks tend more to the dark side than others. In this off beat guided tasting we will explore the drinks that come with a reputation, deserved or not, and see if we can drag them back into the realm of respectability.

Don’t fear the Deer

Cooking venison with Cervena ambassador Graham Brown | August 18, WH Building room 415, 12pm – 1pm, free

Increasingly found on supermarket shelves, NZ farm raised venison is tender and distinct. But how do you cook it? Chef Graham Brown has over 30 years’ experience cooking venison and will show you how to prepare and cook a variety of cuts and give you a chance to taste them.


A taste of AUT

August 19, Atrium, WG Building, 5pm – 10pm, $85 

Join AUT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism as they celebrate the chance to come together over food. With cocktail infusions by botanical artist Mamakan, canapes by Hannah Miller of A lady Butcher, and dishes by some of our leading alumni chefs & students, this really will be a celebration of all things culinary.

Winter Series Master Classes

August 20, Piko Cafe, $45

Held in our professional training kitchens, this is your opportunity to cook alongside some of Auckland’s finest and most innovative chefs as they show you the tricks and techniques behind some of their signature dishes.

Chocolate & Cheese

Can opposites really attract? | August 22, 12pm – 1pm, free

Chocolate or cheese, what would you choose? How about both – at the same time! Join Associate Professor Don Otter, Senior Lecturer Susanne Bliss, and Chef lecturer Geoff Scott as they take your taste buds on an entertaining journey into the unknown.

Off the plate

Creating career opportunities in the food industry | August 23, WH Building Room 412, 12pm – 1pm, free

What does it take to make a career out of food? Many of our Alumni have done just that. In this Winter Series session lead by Dr David Williamson, three of our Alumni discuss their journey to create careers for themselves in the food industry.

Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles

Film screening followed by sweet treats | August 25, WG Building room 126, 11am – 1.30pm, $25 

A celebration of all thing’s patisserie! Cancelled last year due to lockdown, this year we will once again be showing Yottem Ottolenghi’s acclaimed short film. Then following the screening, join us in Piko for a delectable selection of sweet and savoury patisserie items and beverages presented by our Patisserie Diploma students. See the movie trailer here. 

The AUT Winter Series Food Photography competition

A fantastic way to showcase your love of food, culture, and photography. Entry is free and there are two categories: Food styling & food and culture. For more, see here.

AUT’s Culinary Arts and Gastronomy Winter Series 2022
is a collaboration between Heart of the City and AUT


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