The Prue Leith Chefs Academy is very proud to offer a joint programme in partnership with Italy’s premiere culinary training institution, ALMA – La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, in Colorno (Parma – Italy).
In July 2011, Prue Leith and ALMA embarked upon this joint programme, the likes of which has never before been seen in the South African culinary industry.
The program gives enthusiastic young South African chef students the opportunity to train both locally and abroad, with a level of convenience and a similar cost structure to a course taking place entirely in South Africa.
Qualified chefs wishing to specialise in Italian cuisine can also apply and will only complete the Italian part of the course, with introductory subjects at Prue Leith Chefs Academy.
Effectively, for any prospective student wishing to follow a career focused on Italian cuisine and culture as well as the French culinary cornerstones, this international collaboration opens the door to seven months of full time study and practical experience in Italy, as well as six months of City & Guilds approved foundational training in South Africa.
ALMA has identified Prue Leith Chefs Academy as the benchmark Academy in Southern Africa to include in its international network of renowned culinary partner schools.
As part of an international network, the Prue Leith-ALMA partnership not only provides a full immersion into Italian food and culture, but also allows for greater international exposure for both the Academy and our students.
There are two options available for this programme:
Full time training for six months at Prue Leith Chefs Academy (South Africa)
Full time training in Italy at ALMA for two months
Practical Internship in Italy
Five month stage: Students are placed at top establishments throughout Italy to gain practical experience in the work environment. Students will be working the hours required by the operation and are provided with accommodation as well as meals, but are not paid during this period.
Tests can be expected throughout the course in all subjects and nal exams will take place at ALMA at the end of July/ August.
Successful candidates will achieve :
The full course duration is approximately 13 months and includes shift work / evening shifts.
Course costs include:
Students wishing to enrol for the joint program must have a valid passport. Visa arrangements are facilitated by Prue Leith with ALMA’s assistance. Issuing of visas is at the discretion of the relevant Italian consular office. Passports must be delivered 75 days in advance of arrival in Italy. Visit www.alma.scuolacucina.it for more information on ALMA.