Otago Polytechnic staff (from left) Richard Mitchell, Tony
Heptinstall and Adrian Woodhouse, who are on a gastronomic
tour of Europe. Photo by Gerard O'Brien
A gastronomic tour of Europe will give three staff from
Otago Polytechnic inspiration from some of the world's best
Associate Prof Richard Mitchell, Tony Heptinstall and senior
lecturer Adrian Woodhouse, all from the polytechnic's
bachelor of culinary arts degree course, began their
three-week journey on Monday, hoping to gain inspiration
while also promoting their course, which is the "first
design-led" culinary arts degree in the world.
During the trip, they would hear from industry leaders who
helped inspire their course, Prof Mitchell said.
"A lot of what we teach our students is modelled on the
philosophies of these ... people, who are the leaders of our
"This [trip] gives us the opportunity to gain inspiration
from some of the world's best, which we can then pass on to
our students," he said.
Among the highlights of their trip is the International
Conference on Food Design and Designing for Food in London.
The trio will also travel to Champagne in France to continue
joint research by the polytechnic and Reims Management
School, examining Central Otago's wine industry and its
rapid, 30-year rise to international success and recognition.