There is a chef school in Centurion that is known about all over the catering industry throughout western world. That’s not bad for a catering college that has only been running for twelve years! The Prue Leith Chef’s Academy runs eighteen month long catering courses for students who are lucky enough to be accepted onto the course, which is split into three semesters and is run twice a year, starting in January and July. Prue Leith, who has graciously allowed her name to be used by the college, was awarded the OBE for her services to the catering industry in Britain. This is a chef school with a difference. Attached to the school is the Prue Leith Restaurant, one of the few restaurants in South Africa to have been awarded its Blaizon from the renowned Chaîne Des Rotisseurs in France. The restaurant is manned by students from the school (under supervision, of course) and has been listed among the top twenty South African restaurants and the top ten in Gauteng. The culinary standard set by this restaurant speaks highly of the standard of training at this chef school.
During their eighteen-month long course at chef school, students get to spend a total of four months at a first class catering establishment – this could be a game lodge, a restaurant or an hotel, and currently these are throughout South Africa, Europe and the Middle East. This is a chef school to be reckoned with, and this is why any graduate with a Prue Leith Diploma is guaranteed to be snapped up anywhere.