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october newsletter


Here in New Zealand, we’ve just begun daylight savings and are starting to have longer and warmer days. Everyone is starting to dust off their BBQ’s ready for the coming months! October brings Halloween so we have added some fun recipes for you and the family in preparation for that. We introduce a new short course available in November, and if you missed our live webinar in association with HOSCO, not to worry, we have the YouTube link available in this newsletter. We have a blog written by our Director of Studies for you to check out and a message from study link. We can’t wait to share our month with you.

Eating with your Eyes – The Art of Plating!


On September 20th 2021 we participated in a live webinar in association with HOSCO, Eating with your Eyes – The Art of Plating!

Executive Chef Andy, Zoe and Liz showed the Audience of 500+ people from all over the world some tricks and tips on plating. It was a really fantastic thing to be a part of, everyone involved had a great time. If you didn’t happen to make the live event it’s now available on YouTube, so go on over and check it out.

We promise you will not be disappointed.




Dracula’s fang Ice-cream Sandwiches


1- litre ice-cream
75g unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup icing sugar
2 tsp milk
Red gel food colouring
8 milk bottle lollies
24 chocolate biscuits
1 cup 50g or about 120 mini white marshmallows


Step 1
Grease an 18cm x 28cm (base) slice pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, extending paper 4cm above edges of pan.

Step 2
Ice-cream should be 2cm deep in pan.
in a large bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to soften (not melted). Spoon into pan. Level top with the back of a spoon. Cover surface with plastic wrap. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight.

Step 3
Using baking paper, lift ice-cream out of pan and place on a board. Using a 3.5cm round cookie cutter, cut 12 rounds from ice-cream. Place rounds on a baking paper-lined tray. Return to freezer.

Step 4
Using an electric mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in icing sugar until combined. Add milk. Beat to combine. Using food colouring, tint icing red.

Step 5
Trim tops from milk bottles. Cut milk bottles lengthways into 3 pieces. Trim 1 end of each piece into a point to form ‘fangs’. Spread the flat side of each biscuit with icing.

Step 6
Place 1 ice-cream round onto the center of 1 iced biscuit. Position marshmallows and 2 ‘fangs’, pointed-end up, along the edge, pushing into icing to secure. Sandwich with another biscuit, icing-side down, allowing fangs to sit over the edge of biscuit. Turn biscuit over and place on a baking paper-lined tray. Return to freezer. Repeat.


Chocolate Halloween Spider Cake-pops


500g ready-made cake mix with icing
Desiccated coconut
Chocolate sprinkles
Dark chocolate melts
candy eyeballs
lollipop sticks



Step 1

Break up cooked cake, including icing, into fine crumbs. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Place coconut in a shallow dish and chocolate sprinkles in a separate shallow dish. Taking 1 level tablespoon of crumb mixture at a time and using damp hands, press and roll into balls. Roll half the balls in coconut and half in chocolate sprinkles to coat. Place on prepared tray.


Step 2

Cut the 3 rounded edges from each pretzel. Discard center pieces.


Step 3

Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100%), stirring with a metal spoon halfway through, for 1 minute or until melted and smooth. Dip 1 end of 1 pretzel piece into chocolate, press into side of 1 ball to create a leg. Repeat with melted chocolate and 7 pretzel pieces to form 8 legs. Repeat with melted chocolate and remaining balls and pretzel pieces. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until chocolate has set.


Step 4

Using a little melted chocolate, attach 2 candy eyeballs to the front of each ball. Hold until secure. Dip 1cm of 1 end of each lollipop stick into the remaining melted chocolate. Push 1 lollipop stick into the top of each spider. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until set. Serve.

International Culinary Studio’s Affiliate Programme


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How can you Teach Culinary Education Online?


“Scam” is a word we hear often. It is for this reason, Cheryl Cordier our Director of Studies has been asked to put pen to paper and answer some of the misconceptions!

Here’s an excerpt from her blog – How can you teach Culinary Education Online?

“Traditional culinary education, where the student attends a face-to-face education provider and/ or an apprenticeship model of education, has been around for many years.  There is definitely a place for this type of education, however it does not suit everyone and is largely inaccessible to many people. I am of the firm belief that cooking is a passion, and many people who end up as chefs will say they cooked or baked for the first time by the age of five. The need to please people and provide for people is an overwhelming urge and forms a part of the nurturing personality that most chefs display. The fact that Culinary Colleges are so difficult to attend due to cost and accessibility means many would-be chefs never get to follow their passion.  Many have worked as cooks their whole lives and will never get to call themselves qualified chefs.”


Catering Operations, menu Planning and food Costing programme


your own boss

We will be adding a new short course to our ever-growing list of opportunities in November. Our Catering Operations, Menu Planning and Food Costing Programme can give you the skills needed to take your dreams to the next level. Have you ever wanted to take that next step and run your own business? Whether that be a food truck, catering business or even your own restaurant! Then this is the course for you. Why not head over to our website and have a look?

Click here to enrol for November!



Looking to Study in January? Get Your Studylink Loan Sorted Now!


We understand this year has been another rough one for everyone and we want to make your transition to next year’s study period as easy for you as possible, so we have some information for you from study link.

Do you receive a student loan or Allowance? Study link are encouraging all to apply by 16th December for their 2022 student allowance or loan.

You need to apply by the 16th December and are encouraged to get all supporting documents in by the same date.

Those who do will go in the draw to win a 13″ MacBook to help with their studies, how cool would that be?

Want to know more? Follow this link for more information.




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