Chef School – Our Courses

Lower Rates for Course at our Leading Chef School

Although it’s quite incredible to think that we’re already approaching mid-year, while it seems that 2016 only began just the other day. How time flies. However, it’s certainly not too late to enrol for Prue Leith Chefs Academy’s Grande Diploma in Culinary Arts and Wine – one of the excellent courses at South Africa’s leading chef school.

There’s really no better time to enrol than right now; 2016’s second enrolment closes on 15 July.  Also note that we’re currently offering a whopping 20% lower rate* to students enrolling for the July intake of this particular, sought after course, which extends over 18 months, full-time.

Grande Diploma in Culinary Arts & Wine

A grade 12 or matric certificate and an immense passion for food and an appreciation of excellence are requirements and qualities which will serve you well in this prestigious course, divided into 3 semesters, each roughly six months in duration.

Of course, the ultimate aim of the Grande Diploma course at our chefs’ school is ensuring that successful students train and graduate to become outstanding chefs who enter and uplift our industry, its activities and its reputation for fine dining in its truest sense.

Nevertheless, dedication, high standards, discipline and professionalism must accompany you throughout and beyond your course and the quality education which it provides.

Vitally, you’ll encounter a healthy balance between theoretical knowledge and practical training in our kitchens and in our on-site Academy fine dining restaurant; you will need both in order to hold your own and excel in the challenging and real culinary world.

Semester One

During your first educational stint, the Grande Diploma course helps build your foundation of knowledge and skills. This semester takes place mainly in our modern, fully equipped training kitchen, which will soon become familiar territory.

Second Semester

In the course of the second semester, you continue increasing your theoretical knowledge in a more advanced, specialised sphere. You’ll be exposed to kitchen management, and menu and event planning – essential practical skills.

It’s an exciting module, especially because you’ll become familiar with an actual restaurant environment in our fine dining restaurant, where paying patrons book for culinary delights served here, correctly and professionally.

Final Semester

Fortunately for our students, we’ve established close ties with other culinary centres and restaurants of excellence. Their third and final semester focuses on putting learners putting their learners’ newly acquired practical experience and skills to use, whilst they perfect and hone their talents in the kitchens of some of the country’s best eateries, during a five month internship.

Upon completion of the final semester, exams and graduation take place at our academy. Graduates are required to gain the required qualifications, which include:

  • Prue Leith Grande Diploma in Culinary Arts & Wine
  • A City & Guilds Certificate
  • Two different Level 2 IVQ Diplomas
  • Cape Wine Academy Certificate: Introduction to South African Wines & Wines of the World
  • A first level First Aid certificate and a Fire & Safety Awareness certificate

Many More Courses

In addition to our Grande Diploma course, we offer a host of other courses at our chef school, details of which may be seen elsewhere on our website. There’s literally a professional course for each level of knowledge and skills or interest, part- or full-time – you choose.

*Please note that this information applies at time of releasing in May 2016.