There are numerous catering schools throughout the length and breadth of South Africa, but when you are looking for a cooking school in Centurion, there’s only one – the Prue Leith Chef’s Academy. This cooking school can be found tucked away in the suburb of Hennopspark in Centurion, and its name is distinguished throughout the catering world. Prue Leith, the patron of the academy, grew up and attended varsity in Cape Town before moving to Britain, where she was eventually awarded the Order of the British Empire for her services to the catering industry. Her name is highly respected throughout the international catering industry.
Courses at this cooking school in Centurion commence twice a year in July and January and they last for eighteen months. There is a minimum entry age for the school of seventeen, and applicants need at least a Standard Grade pass in Matric in order to apply for enrollment. A maximum of thirty students can be accepted onto each course. All of the highly qualified teachers at this cooking school in Centurion have wide experience in the catering industry. In addition to our full time lecturers there are several visits each semester by recognized leaders of the industry, who give regular talks or demonstrations on a wide variety of both catering and other subjects that are relevant to the course. All students attending the Diploma course get hands-on experience in The Prue Leith Restaurant, the academy’s own fine dining restaurant that is attached to and part of the school. Here they work not only in the preparation of the food, but also as waiters, front of house and serving wine – in fact in all aspects of the running of a restaurant.