There are a number of cooking courses that can be found through the length and breadth of South Africa, but only one college that stands out above all the rest – the Prue Leith Chef’s Academy. This small specialist college started giving cooking courses in 1997, and has gone from strength to strength ever since. The intention of the college are to turn out graduates who are qualified in cooking, wine, kitchen management, restaurant service and financial controls. The college has been regularly rated as being the finest chef’s training institution in the country, and was started after a shortage of dedicated staff in the country’s catering industry had been identified. Prue Leith Chef’s Academy can be found in the grounds of the old Littleton manor house in Centurion, mid way between Johannesburg and Pretoria.
During the diploma course students must spend practical time working in the college’s restaurant, Prue Leith’s, which is in the college grounds. Here they get to occupy every position in the restaurant, which is recognized as being one of the top ten in the whole of Gauteng and has been awarded the Blaizon from the Chaine Des Rotisseurs. In addition students spend eight weeks in each of the second and third semesters working at selected game lodges, restaurants and hotels in South Africa, Ireland and Dubai. An offshoot of the college and part of the Prue Leith Group is the Prue Leith Chef’s Studio, and this has recently been started in order to offer cooking courses to members of the public. There are a number of short cooking courses available for the cooking enthusiast as well as courses for domestic workers. Anyone who is interested in further details about these courses can contact Nicky Jordaan at 012 654 5203 and she will be glad to assist you.