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 programme gives enthusiastic young South African chef students the opportunity to train both locally and abroad.
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 12-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:
Exam: Internal Theory & Practical Exam
5 Months Practical
Practical experience in the Prue Leith Restaurant, the Academy’s on site fine dining restaurant. Students will be compiling a Portfolio of Evidence (POE) during this semester.
Exam: External Summative Assessment for Occupational Certificate: Cook Qualification
Exam: City & Guilds Certificate, Food Safety Theory
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 final exams will take place in Italy. Successful candidates will achieve: