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Our Professional Team | Hospitality and Cookery

The APSI professional team are essential staff members who are committed to provide top quality training services to our students. Student learning experience is essential to the overall satisfaction of our training. Our trainers and administrative staff members are highly qualified with years of professional experience in education and training. Many of them gained their professional experience and education overseas and bring in a diverse skills and knowledge to our students.

Paul Walker

Paul Walker is a chef trainer and  owner of Culinary Soul  which is a catering and consultancy company. Paul has coached a number of chefs who received gold and silver medals in the Oceanafest Salon Culinaire. Over the years, Paul was employed as an award-winning chef at prestigious venues such as Bread in Common (Best new restaurant in the 2015 WA Good Food Guide) and Halo, and Head chef at boutique catering company Brush, Fork & Pencil. During his training as a chef he was employed at a number of Michelin star venues in the North West of London, also receiving the award for North West Young Chef of the Year 2003. Paul believes the secret to a good training is to fully immerse yourself in it and most importantly to have fun doing it!

Rainer Konstanty

Rainer was born in Germany and from a young age, Rainer has always been interested in food – he credits his mother as one of the most gifted cooks that created the tastiest food from an enormous veggie patch, fruit orchard, flowers, herbs and rabbits that nourished his family.

Rainer’s professional career started in a small hotel and restaurant in northern Germany in 1986 and completed a 3-year apprenticeship as a chef.  During this time he learnt the culinary basics from renowned European chefs that shared their knowledge and skills.

He continued his passion for food, travelling to Hamburg, London, Zurich, Sydney and in Perth since 2009. Rainier spent 6 years “banging pots and pans around” in two upmarket Perth restaurants. With his industry networks and connections, Rainer has successful placed APSI students in prestigious dining venues such as the Wild Flowers in Como the Treasury hotel, Hadiqa in Hibernian Place and Westin Hotel.


Jill Duncan 

Jill has over 20 years Hospitality  Management experience and has 13 years Teaching experience. Her credentials are an Associate Diploma of Hotel Management through TAFE and a Bachelor of Education through Curtin University. She was awarded Best Front Office Staff Member by Australian Hotels Association and she was nominated for Teacher of the year through the Department of Education. Jill’s passion is providing quality service/education as it is paramount in ensuring guests/customers/students have the utmost experience/training.

Sylvia Cuthbertson 

Sylvia possesses over 10 years of work experience in the hospitality industry and her duties stretched over a wide range from Events and Catering Management and Food & Beverage Operation to Front Office and Reservations. Her diverse experience comes from a career involving varied hospitality working environments Australia-wide and worldwide such as resorts & safaris (e.g., Heritage Hotels Group, Kenya), corporate chain hotels (e.g., Hyatt Hotels and Pan Pacific Group, Australia) or unique boutique style hotels (e.g., Hotel Hotel, Canberra or Alex Hotel, Perth).

Sylvia holds a Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management and an Advanced Diploma in International Hotel and Tourism management. She is currently in charge of training hospitality management students, supervising workplace training and maintaining industry relations at APSI.

Garth Cleveland

Garth has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Before joining the team at APSI, he was the Head Chef at Young George Bar & Kitchen—the East Fremantle located restaurant that ranked 9th in the list of WA restaurants.

Garth gained his cookery qualification from Christchurch Polytechnic, New Zealand. He lived and worked in several European countries like Holland, Spain and France over a course of 10 years. There, he had the chance to experience exotic local cuisines, which significantly contribute to his expertise and skills.

Kiran Jetti

Kiran has been working as a pâtissier (pastry chef) for over 15 years, which gives him extensive experience and knowledge in the specialisation of pastries and sweets. He holds a Bachelor of catering Technology and Culinary Arts.

Kiran is currently a trainer of patisserie courses at APSI and working as the head pastry chef at Westin Hotel Perth.​


Sue Zehnder

Sue has dedicated many years inside the hospitality industry, this is inclusive of preparing food for 5-star hotels, restaurants, cafes, and outside catering for events that have over 5000 guests. Additionally, Sue has won Pastry Chef of the Year and Gold Medals in Salon Culinaire Competition run by Catering Institute of Australia. These achievements highlight her knowledge and showcase her as a valued trainer for APSI students. Qualifications include, Certificate in Catering and Hotel management, Trade certificate in Cookery and Advanced Patisserie.

With no intent to slow down the last 5 years Sue has been working in a Certified Organic Kitchen learning about sustainability, also specialising in gluten free, vegan, sour dough baking, fermentation, preserving and other dietary requirements in Pastry and Cookery.




Zachary Wilkinson

Zac is a Chef Trainer and owner of ‘A Moveable Feast Catering’ – A Bespoke Catering Company, specialising in unique wedding experiences. 

During his career he has worked in a variety of locations, including Maître d’Hotel, Chef Tournant and Sommelier to name a few. Where he has previously been positioned as a Event Manager & Head Chef.

Although an alumnus of many great establishments, there are two unique restaurants that shape his culinary outlook; Michelin Starred Northcote & London icon, The Ivy. 

Zac is passionate about great food, good wine & hospitality. He believes that “Good Food Feeds the Soul” & is passionate about sharing his knowledge & skills.




Alex Gladding

 Alex Gladding is an assistant chef trainer who began his culinary education at the Perth Parmelia Hilton under Gerda Eilts. He then was fortunate enough to work with Cheong Liew at the Globe Restaurant and Wine Bar for 5 years.

In 2004 he left Australia for a year to teach and cook in Japan before returning to Perth to work in a number of restaurants and organisations and holding a number of positions at all levels of the industry.

Throughout his journey he has been involved in many large-scale celebrity dinners with the likes of Cheong Liew, David Thompson, Maggie Beer, Terry Tan, Jacques Reymond, Guy Grossi, Loretta Sartori, Kylie Kwong, and Rick Stein. Inspiring and training new chefs has always been a passionate driving force throughout Alex’s career and he looks forward to continuing and developing with the team here at APSI.    




Christopher Eales

Chris has worked at a range of English gastropubs and Michelin starred restaurants before moving to Australia in 2013. He started working at Balthazar before running the kitchen’s of Bread in Common and Coogee Common.

He began cooking in his early 20s after studying politics at Bristol university, following a passion that he got from his grandmother’s and then father’s home cooked food. Chris loves to create dishes using fresh vegetables and herbs from his home garden and local producers.

With over 15 years of experience at the high end of the hospitality industry he looks forward to passing on his knowledge to the next generation of great chef’s!