Making Most of Food Waste

AUT students make most of food waste


AUT culinary students have been busy making most of food waste which on average takes up 40% of our general waste we send to the landfill each year.


From Auckland Council:

AUT students make the most of food waste 

“Professional chefs use every technique they can to try and reduce food waste in the kitchen – wasted food is wasted profit.” 

Auckland Council has been working with the talented students at the AUT catering school to inspire Aucklanders to love their leftovers in a bid to reduce food waste.

Students doing a Diploma in Culinary Arts created crafty dishes of Baked Bread Pudding and Muffin Case Tarts for the council’s Love Food Hate Waste event in Britomart this month – all from food that would’ve been wasted.

Programme Leader at AUT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism, Glenys Casci, says the Love Food Hate Waste philosophy is ingrained in how they teach.

“We aim to maximise the use of every ingredient and generate as little food waste as possible. Food is a precious resource that should be treated with respect.

“We love working with the community and it’s been fantastic for the students to help out with Auckland Council’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign. It’s been good practice too as often this is just the type of ingenious, bulk cooking that happens in commercial kitchens.”

Culinary Arts Student Dhruv Mohan was part of the class cooking with the products due to be binned.

“It may not be in its prime but this is good produce which is still edible. There’s so many ways to maximise food, like using bones for stock etc., that letting fresh produce go to waste is such a shame.

“Professional chefs use every technique they can to try and reduce food waste in the kitchen – wasted food is wasted profit.”

The school has its own sustainable methods for disposing of food waste including electric composting and a worm farm which in turn fertilizes the school’s own rooftop garden.

Students regularly cook for AUT’s onsite fine dining restaurant Four Seasons, café Piko and a takeaway bar – all of which are open to the public. To find out more and for information on the courses available visit

Auckland Council is supporting Love Food Hate Waste activities in Auckland throughout November. For more information, event schedules and recipe inspiration, visit

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We all could do in cutting down our food waste as it cost us ever upfront in the Supermarket or at the other end in disposing of it (as not all of it can go to hens like we have and it is illegal to keep pigs inside the urban limits).