There is one good thing about Centurion – it is very central, being half way between Pretoria and Johannesburg. It is in Centurion that you’ll find one of the best chef schools in South Africa, the Prue Leith Chefs’ Academy. This academy has built up a tremendous reputation over the twelve years since its inception in 1997. Prue Leith, who was brought up in Cape Town and later moved to the UK, was herself rewarded for her services to the catering industry when she was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire). A graduate diploma bearing the name Prue Leith is looked on with high regard by catering establishments the world over, and is a guarantee of being offered a good job. Graduates who possess this Centurion chef school’s diploma have worked in some of London’s top restaurants – these include Gordon Ramsay, the Roux Brothers and Jamie Oliver.
One thing of note is the chef school’s own restaurant in Centurion. It is at this restaurant that students get much of their initial practical experience, for they must work at some time in each of the different positions in the restaurant. You’ll find them waiting at table, doing front of house greeting, running the bar and wine cellar, and even acting as Maître d’Hotel. This way they get experience of every different position in a working kitchen and restaurant. This is not just an ordinary restaurant either – it is placed among the top 100 restaurants in the country. The Prue Leith Restaurant has also received its Blaizon from the Chaine Des Rotisseurs in France, one of the top awards of the catering world. This Centurion chef school’s the best.