There are plenty of cooking schools in South Africa, and you may be in a quandary as to which one to choose if you want to pursue a career in the catering industry. For the cream of the cream though, your first choice has to be the Prue Leith Chef’s Academy, the only internationally renowned chef’s academy in the country. This cooking school’s patron, Prue Leith OBE received her decoration for her outstanding service to the catering industry in the UK. The academy has been training world-class chefs for more than ten years, and many of them have gone on to work in some of the more famous kitchens around the world including the Roux Brothers’, Gordon Ramsay’s and Jamie Oliver’s.
As far as cooking schools go, this is the best. No other chef’s academy can boast its own cordon bleu restaurant (it has been awarded its Blaizon from the Chaine Des Rotisseurs) right there on the premises. Courses at this academy last for eighteen months, which are split into three semesters. During this time students not only receive the usual academic and practical training, they also spend time in all of the restaurant’s important jobs and at selected game lodges, restaurants and hotels across South Africa and in Europe for two eight-week periods during their second and third semesters. Included as part of the course is the Cape Wine Academy Certificate Course, in which students must participate in order to graduate. The college also offers a tour of the Western Cape wine lands if there are enough students to participate. There’s no doubt that this is the best of all South African cooking schools.