The Academic Board

Academic Board

Left to right: Cheryl Nesbitt, Kirsty Willis, Andy Cordier, Ken Thompson

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…


Joanna Pohio, Student Administrator

I am the student administrator for International Culinary Studio. I have a love for the industry and thoroughly enjoy helping future students work towards fulfilling their dreams with us.


Samantha Hartmann, Passionate Foodie & Chef ( Customer Relations Manager)

Since my childhood I have loved cooking or anything related, my passion has grown over the years into a lifestyle. I have been lucky to work at many top establishments and elite events all over the world from South Africa, Ireland, USA and New Zealand.

My favourite event was the Fifa World Cup 2010 in Cape Town which was a huge operation with Green Hospitality – joint venture between Green Catering (SA) Kofler Kompanie (GERMANY) /Infront Hospitality (AUSTRIA).

I’ve also cooked for the likes of Charlize Theron, Prince & Princess of Bahrain, Prince Albert & Princess Charlene, Neil Diamond, Bill Gates and Ferrero Rocher , Heads of States and dignitaries to name a few for their private aircrafts.

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…