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Alumnus Wins $30,000 Hospitality Scholarship

Joshua Ross continues to excel.

Joshua Ross (centre) being awarded 2023’s Visa New Zealand Hospitality Scholarship

Joshua Ross continues his successful career after winning 2023’s Visa New Zealand Hospitality Scholarship. Josh graduated from Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand in 2015, before beginning his study he had already started as an unpaid intern at Logan Brown, one of Wellingtons top fine dining restaurants. By working and studying Le Cordon Bleu’s Diplôme de Cuisine and Diplôme Avancé Culinaire in Cuisine Josh was able to quickly gain proficiency in the culinary arts. During his time at Logan Brown Josh and his team won 2 Hats in the Cuisine Good Food Guide (the chef's hat is the equivalent of a Michelin star in New Zealand). By 2018 he had become the head chef of parliament’s prestigious Bellamy’s Restaurant at the age of 23.

In the same year as winning the 2021 Jeune Chef of the Year competition in Wellington, Josh went on to open his own café, Twenty Eight, located in Lower Hutt. The following year he placed third in the International Jeunes Chefs Rotisseurs 2022 held in Mexico.

Chef de Cuisine Francis Motta (left), Joshua Ross (centre) winning the 2021 Jeune Chef of the Year, Technical Director and Head Chef de Pâtisserie Sébastien Lambert (right)

Now having won the Visa New Zealand Hospitality Scholarship, Josh will receive NZD $30,000, a five-day placement at top international hospitality venue, a one-year mentorship, business training, and future participation in Visa Wellington On a Plate (one of the largest food festivals in the southern hemisphere).

For many years Josh has stated “Working in some of the top-50 restaurants in the world is a big dream of mine.", with his latest success we hope that dream is close to reality and wish Josh the best on his already impressive culinary journey.

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