Academy of Culinary Excellence: South Africa’s Champion Chef School

Academy of Culinary Excellence: South Africa’s Champion Chef School

Every January, it is back to school for pupils across South Africa, usually for a period of 12 years from that first day. Years of school attendance continue right up to the final matric exams, after which the world of adulthood awaits with all its realities.

World of Choices

The real world comes with a host of choices, important decisions, and responsibilities. What are you going to do with the rest of your life? A gap year, during which you have time to decide what direction you would like your future is often suggested, but not everyone has the means for a gap year before commencing further tertiary education and training.

More Than Matric

In a highly competitive and specialised world, matric is no longer enough to guarantee employment and career opportunities in modern society and its workplaces. A few generations ago, one was thought to be quite well educated after attaining matric, but that was then, and this is now. Today, your next decision and subsequent actions will have a major impact on your future, both personally and professionally – possibly lifelong.

Follow your Passion

Remember, whatever career path you select, you are probably going to be spending many, many years pursuing your chosen profession, so this decision is one that should not be taken lightly. Keep your passions, interests, hobbies, and other pursuits in mind. If your future occupation includes any or all these factors, you are on a path that is right for you, one that you will continue to enjoy, regardless of what challenges are involved.

SA’s Champion Chef School

 When anyone who is passionate about food thinks of leading chefs’ training schools, there is one name that comes to mind at once – the Prue Leith Chefs Academy in Centurion, Gauteng. When the Prue Leith Group came into being in 1996 to educate and train world-class, professional, South African chefs, Prue Leith CBE graciously allowed us to use her name for the group as well as the academy, which began operating in 1997. This was the first time that she allowed her name to be attached to a third-party endeavour, an example of her commitment to furthering the culinary careers of aspirant chefs, and a decision we continue to value immensely.

Despite her busy lifestyle and umpteen other responsibilities and interests internationally and in the UK, where South African-born Prue now lives, she remains closely involved with our culinary school and academy that bears her name. We consult her about every major decision involving the academy, because we set great store by her opinion and input. Prue also visits our champion chef school annually.

Starting School at Prue Leith Chefs Academy

 In addition to offering a wide variety of part-time and short courses, Prue Leith Chefs Academy’s five intensive, full-time courses commence twice annually, in January and July. Aspirant chefs do not have to wait for an entire year to take the first significant step in becoming a champion chef, trained by the leading culinary academy in South Africa.