Why learn from Aunty Sha?

Shalini Devadhar

Better known as ‘Aunty Sha’

Kia ora, Namaste, Hello – my name is Shalini Devadhar – better known as ‘Aunty Sha’.

My background and experience is reflected in my class design and delivery to build confidence and encourage creativity through the medium of cooking.

I aim to help your child come OUT of their shell.

I design and deliver the classes using my qualifications as a Cordon Bleu trained chef; a degree in Early Childhood Education and Care; from Otago University and a Masters in Business Administration (Henley).  I am New Zealand Police vetted, have a NZ Defence Force clearance and I have a Food Hygiene Supervision Certificate.

I’ve learnt while working as a business analyst in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore, that while technical skills are important, it’s creativity, self-confidence and the ability to get on with others that help us progress and realise our dreams. These skills are critical now more than ever in an increasingly technological world.  I’ve encouraged these qualities in children through a range of pro bono teaching opportunities. My students include IHC corporations, Hawera Kindergarten, Corrigan Child Care, Maereroa School and many others. My fondness for children and desire to see them grow, saw me personally establish and fund an English school in a village in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

My skills with children include au pair experience and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care.  My understanding of creative thinking and problem solving comes from experience as an independent contractor and my training during my Masters of Business Administration (Henley).   

Most of all, I love good food!… from street food to fine dining and from all cultures. This passion led me to complete a Le Cordon Bleu Certificate in Cuisine in 2014.  I have a warm and disciplined style, and connect easily with children.    

Aunty Sha x

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