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Alumnus Thanh Truong Launches 'Don’t Buy Fruit & Veg Without Me!'

Passionate about fresh produce and dedicated to educating others on selecting, storing and cooking food, William Angliss Institute alumnus Thanh Truong has officially launched his book Don’t Buy Fruit & Veg Without Me!

Supratha building a career from her passions

Supratha Thinakaran, has her eyes set on working with global food tech companies such as Nestlé and HelloFresh.

Degree graduate to Chocolaterie owner

Angliss alum Samrat talks about how studying a degree in culinary management brought him sweet success through opening up his own business

Elisha’s Sweet dream becomes career reality

Alum Elisha had always dreamt of opening her own dessert bar, and a qualification from Angliss helped make the dream come true

Angliss alum has sights set for tourism success

Brittany McLean is taking her Bachelor of Tourism (Eco-Tourism) qualification from strength to strength, first gaining the role of Visitor Experience Officer at The Shrine of Remembrance before progressing to become the Sales & Product Coordinator for Sightseeing Tours Australia (STA).

A feast for the eyes

Angliss alumni Gina has been listed in the Australian Cake Artists & Decorators Association as one of their top 20 picks for Rising Stars and also won second place at the Sydney Art of Cake Competition 2022.

All flavours lead to home for Bianca

Meet Bianca Tenaglia, one of Sydney’s William Angliss Institute alum. Bianca used Sydney’s on-campus Café Imparo to launch her career into the patisserie industry.

Angliss alum Buddha Lo reaches new heights

Angliss alum Buddha is at the top of his game. He is the Executive Chef at Marky’s and Huso New York and he also won Season 19 of the US television series TopChefs.

Beurre, Melbourne’s cherry on top

As Melbourne enters in and out of lockdowns last year, people were constantly searching for reasons to push forward. Enter Angliss Alumni Zahara Valibhoy's charming cake business, Beurre Cakes.

Naro bakes - a slice of Melbourne’s best

Melbourne-based pie maker extraordinaire and cookery alumni Carla Montanaro was dubbed one of the foodie highlights of Melbourne's lockdowns by Broadsheet Melbourne and Beat Eats.

The Australian Cuisine Begin Cookbook, more than just recipes

After a couple of years working as chef and travelling around Europe, Liam decided it was time to step outside of his comfort zone and explore his lifelong curiosity for Australian cuisine!

Love for hospitality starts stimulating hotel career

Moving to work in a field she was passionate about led to Vimmi finding a job through her William Angliss Institute training and work placement, where she continues to work 10 years on.

Kariton Sorbetes - a celebration of culture, flavour and friendship

Both John and Minh have over 20 years of combined hospitality experience working for fine-dining and contemporary establishments. They became patisserie and cookery experts during that time and absorbed how restaurants at the top of their game run their businesses.

From Angliss student to Head Pastry Chef – Jacinta Shares her career advice

Networking and making the most of student opportunities led Jacinta Tasker on her path to become Head Chef at Nikos in Fairfield. She now has some valuable career advice for those keen to study foods and, in particular, Patisserie.

Serving up nutritious meals is child’s play

Feeding hungry kids is working at a different pace to his previous job at Mya Tiger in The Esplanade Hotel St Kilda, otherwise known as ‘The Espy’, and is a far cry from Henry’s former work as an accountant.

Kosta Atsiaris and his career-defining moment at The Ascott Limited

With careers advisors, networking opportunities, recruitment sessions from industry leaders and industry guest lecturers all year round at Angliss, Kosta's best advice in excelling your qualification is to take advantage of what's on offer on campus.

Shelley Strauss, chef turned event management expert

It's not hard to find a proud Melbournian - whether it's a scenic drive you're after or a spontaneous adventure in the city - there's something for everyone and we love it.

The Angliss Alum making the world a better place one dessert at a time

Pushkar began a journey into veganism and decided to work in an environment where monetary success wasn’t his only goal. Pushkar was looking for purpose, and Mahadeva's Kitchen was his answer.

Angliss alumni and ex-Vue De Monde Pastry Chef soars with KittyBakes.

We're excited to continue to share these stories of triumphs with Founder of KittyBakes and ex-Pastry Chef at Vue De Monde, Kitty Budiharjo.

Hotel management a dream career for Angliss alum

Angliss graduate Yan Lei has built a successful career in hotel management working as manager of the four-star Jinyuan Mingdu Hotel in Xiangshan Zhejiang, China.

A love of travel brings Nathan to a new career destination

After working in the finance and consulting industries for 20 years in project management, Nathan felt it was the right time for a career change. It was time to pursue his travel career dreams.

Angliss grad serves up luxury grazing

Through hard work and enthusiasm, Amelia has turned this into a reality, and she has even more bright ideas for her future goals.

Angliss grad is turning heads with her luxury vegan treats

Angliss alumni Alana Benson is going from strength to strength with her unique patisseries now hailed as one of Melbourne’s finest artisan vegan patisserie and dessert shops.

Exotic flavours tempt Melburnians in lockdown

Angliss graduate Nabil Ansari was inspired to create Indian dishes from his homeland to warm the hearts of Melburnians during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Young chefs share entrepreneurial insights

William Angliss Institute hosted a Young Chefs Panel event welcoming Brienna Belfrage-Young (Koko Cottage), Oscar Bui (The Eatery), Quok (Andy) Nguyen (Mr.Bun Mi and Andy's Kitchen) and Paritta Sridamart (Palm Sugar Thai Cafe and Union Tree Thai).

Around the world with Angliss Alum masterclass series

One of the things we miss the most while we can’t travel is getting to try local delicacies. What if there was a way we didn’t have to wait until we can hop on a plane to experience new dishes?

Passion Drives Career Success

Talking to Hayley Fraser, it's clear she was destined to be a part of the travel and tourism industry and is relishing her current work as a visitor service consultant at Werribee Zoo.

A cricket internship puts Ollie amongst the Women’s World Cup action

Working as an Accreditation Manager Intern at the ICC T20 World Cup, Ollie said he gathered onsite and behind the scenes knowledge and gained valuable experience.

Chocolatory life for Angliss graduate

Pastry chef Francesco Ferrante has continued to set the bar high from working among Michelin-starred chefs at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar- to now managing the kitchen at the Nestlé KitKat Chocolatory which is due to open in July 2020.

A winding path to tourism career

A solo adventure around Europe inspired Georgia Danaher to turn her passion for tourism into a career by way of Spain and London.

Up and away with Global Ballooning

Passionate travel alumni Mandy Ho has realised her dream job, providing clients with the experience of a lifetime hot air ballooning.

Angliss Alumni makes the most out of isolation with a cookbook project

Since completing her Commercial Cookery apprenticeship program in 2019, she has worked in places such as Ezard, Lee Ho Fook and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

Angliss Alumni and Founder of Floss & Fleur talks about how she started her own events business

A life-changing moment at a wedding Brittany had styled in 2019, helped her realise she wanted to invest extra time and energy into her own events business rather than working for an external events company.

Life as a Character Attendant in Disney World Florida

Julia Buceto is living her best life in Disney World. After wrapping her Advanced Diploma of Events Management, she jet-setted to Florida, where she is now working as a Character Attendant.

Childhood favourite turned dream career

Having completed her patisserie qualifications in 2014, Mikayla has since been working at establishments as diverse as the Grand Hyatt, to the Chateau Yering where she works today.

Angliss grad joins iconic Mya Tiger

Henry Pun is a young chef forging his way through the trying but ultimately rewarding career of hospitality. The buzzing Mya Tiger in the newly refurbed Espy Hotel St Kilda is a far cry from Henry’s former work as an accountant.

Cameron Maher continues his meteoric hospitality career

From waiting tables at Fat Duck in London to working as a Group Assistant GM at Andrew McConnell Restaurants - here's Cameron Maher's story.

Danielle Bouchier on joining her family business while staying true to her dreams and passion.

Peter Bouchier has been the trusted name in premium butchering since the first store opened in 1983, but it took Peter’s daughter Danielle some time to join the company.

Say grace in regional Victoria

In 2015 lawyer Bruno Garibaldi left Brazil with his wife Milena to study English in Australia. Falling in love with the country, the couple decided to extend their stay.

Speed networking to Grand Hyatt Melbourne

When Angliss student Hannah Holden was invited to attend one of our speed networking events, she wasn’t aware how many career opportunities it would bring.

Matteo Pignatelli wins lifetime achievement award

Earlier this week, Angliss alumnus and current board member for the Institute, Matteo Pignatelli, was awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achiever Award by the 2019 Victoria and Tasmania Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence.

One step closer to a golden chef’s hat

Two Angliss graduates, Harrison Caruana and Stephanie Goetz, are on their way to representing Victoria in the regional final of the Nestlé Golden Chef's Hat Award.

Yo India journeys to food truck success

As founder of the popular Melbourne food truck, Yo India, Conan Gomes lives and breathes Indian food, so it was a thrill to be featured in Lonely Planet's Around the World in 80 Food Trucks.

Michael Cole wins chef of the year again

Michael Cole, an acclaimed chef and Angliss alumnus, has won the Foodservice Chef of the Year award for the second time.

Raising the Bar

Hospitality graduate Brad Cooke has found his passion opening and managing bars, and coaching hospitality business owners to help them succeed in Melbourne's dynamic bar scene.

Graduate joins TOP events company, Peter Jones Special Events.

One of our graduates, Ashlee Brazier, has kicked off her events career in fine form joining one of Australia's leading event management companies, Peter Jones Special Events.

Chef of the Year Opens Cafe

It has been a stellar year for Certificate III in Commercial Cookery graduate Jack Lee who has gone from being named Chef of the Year by Foodservice Australia to opening a brand new café in Point Cook, Bean Smuggler.

Angliss grad prepares for cookery Olympics

Victorian chef and Angliss graduate Michael Cole is prepping for the cooking competition of his life against twenty-three other countries at the final of the Bocuse d'Or 2019 gastronomic Olympics in Lyon, France.

Angliss graduate scales the heights at Hotel Grand Chancellor

After graduating with a Diploma of Events, Clare McMennemin’s career is moving from strength to strength. As a conference sales executive at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Melbourne city, Clare’s responsibilities encompass event enquiries, proposals and the full scope of project management.

Tourism Alumni follows her passion in the Yarra Valley

Tourism and Hospitality Management Degree graduate Kara Waterworth has followed her passion for the hospitality industry and is now working as event sales coordinator at the Yarra Valley’s premiere food and wine destination, Stones of the Yarra Valley.

Shanan walks this way with Angliss training

Tourism graduate Shanan Kovacic is going from strength to strength with his new business, Walk This Way Melbourne which offers walking tours around the city of Melbourne.

Ascott Selects William Angliss Graduate for Management Program

The world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has employed its first Ascott Management Associates Program (AMAP) candidate in Australia.