The Academic Board

Academic Board

Left to right: Cheryl Nesbitt, Kirsty Willis, Andy Cordier, Ken Thompson, Tanya Marillier (absent)

The International Culinary Studio Academic Board provides academic leadership, acts with integrity and professionalism, upholds the highest ethical and academic standards, promotes diversity in the interests of fairness and of good governance, and is committed to transparency, accountability and responsible stewardship of the Companies reputation!.

The Team

Cheryl Nesbitt

Cheryl Nesbitt, Director of Studies

As a child, my dream was to become a teacher. I started working whilst still at school in a new hotel, and fell in love with the hospitality industry. After qualifying as a Hotel Manager at the age of 21, I started a Catering and Events company, which I sold when I was 28 years old.

I then started working for a number of different colleges in various roles, and gained experience in the business of education. In 2003, I founded a hugely successful chef college, which had 4 students in its first year, and 13 years later, over 1000 students enrolled per year, across 6 campuses. A listed company purchased this…

Andy Cordier

Andy Cordier, Group Executive Chef

When I was 15 years old, I started working in a family restaurant as a waiter, my mother was a keen cook and we always had lots of people eating and having fun at our home. Family friends were Italian and their tradition was all about everyone being in the kitchen, cooking using the freshest of ingredients and eating together. These fond memories were what spurred me into investigating the option of becoming a chef.Whilst still in school, I was fortunate enough to be able to be trained in all aspects of the kitchen including the butchery, cold kitchen, desserts and the grill. Whilst doing my military service for two years, I was able to be in the catering…

Tanya Marillier

Tanya Marillier, Operations Manager

With 16 years experience across various industries, which includes Health & Fitness, Telecommunications, Retail and Accounting, I have now stepped into the very exciting world of Culinary Education! New Zealand is home to my family, and a wonderful place to live and work.

I love being a part of the ‘behind the scenes’ team and have a passion for keeping all the gears in motion to ensure a successful outcome!

Zelda Potgieter

Zelda Potgieter, Chef Instructor

Early in my life, I discovered a passion for the hospitality industry.  This led me to obtain a Degree in Hospitality, as well as a qualification in Human Resources.  This has set the foundation for my career, stretching over the past 18 years.

During this time, I gained experience in the Training Industry through fulfilling roles as Regional Manager, Facilitator, Material Developer, Skills Adviser and Assessor.  I am living my dream as an integrated team member of International Culinary Studio.

Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson, Chef Instructor

Ken has been a chef for the past 43 years.  He brings a wealth of experience that our students will most certainly benefit from.

A few highlights of Ken’s career:

  • Worked in a Michelin Star Restaurant in London, UK.
  • Has worked as a chef globally across Europe, The Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
  • A Level 6 Competition Judge…