18-year-old high school drop out, Olivia, left to pursue her dream of Culinary Arts at AUT only to be declined for the degree, not having any University Entrance on her records.
After a disappointing start, Olivia decided to do a Practical Certificate in Patisserie to make up for the loss of year 13 requirements, where she soon fell in love with the course.
7am starts is what she and her fellow students now encounter in pursuit of their dreams. The recently opened Piko2Go store on AUT city campus is open for only one month of the year in order for patisserie students to deal with real life situations like they will face once finishing their studies.
Olivia is wanting to extend her certificate to two years in hopes that it will allow her to one day open up her own cafe. Originally only wanting culinary food in this, the course has unearthed her passion of patisserie.