Culinary Schools – Why Prue Leith is the Best!

Looking to become a chef, or thinking of managing or even owning your very own restaurant one day? If you are looking to pursue a career in the culinary arts, then it all starts at culinary school. There are many culinary schools that can be found throughout South Africa that teach culinary arts and hospitality management, but if you want to be the best, you have to study with the best. If you are looking at culinary schools and happen to live in Gauteng, you are in luck!

Prue Leith CBE is not only accredited as the finest chef’s academy in South Africa, but it is a prominent culinary name respected in just about every country throughout the globe. Since 1997, the Prue Leith Chefs Academy has been busy at work, striving to improve the standards and professionalism of South African kitchens by supplying the hospitality industry with only the best and most passionate, disciplined and highly skilled chefs who have gone on to work with big names such as Jamie Oliver, the Roux brothers and Gordon Ramsay.

Accreditation, Education and Training

Accreditation is a huge part of an education at culinary schools, and attending an accredited culinary school ensures that your school meets the overall high standards of education. At Prue Leith, all of our chef courses and diplomas are accredited internationally by City & Guilds, giving graduates the opportunity to enter this diverse industry at any hospitality institution in the world. However, at Prue Leith, the level of training that we provide goes far beyond the accreditation!

With a student to lecturer ratio of less than 20:1, our classes are exhilarating with a hands-on approach. While the main focus of culinary schools is to learn how to cook, there are a lot of other topics to cover, such as planning menus, managing a kitchen, food safety and business skills. Through our dedicated, passionate and experienced team of lecturers who are all experts in their own area of expertise, our courses are the ideal length from a theoretical, practical and career perspective.

Internationally Renowned Chef Courses

At the Prue Leith Chefs Academy, we offer a variety of chef courses, including the Grande Diploma in Culinary Studies and Wine; ALMA Professional Chef of Italian Cuisine; Diploma in Patisserie, Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts;  City & Guilds Diploma in Culinary Arts; Certificate in Sugar Craft and Block Release Programme, as well as many other short cooking and baking courses. We also offer additional modules, such as the Pan African cuisine module, a dedicated Spice Route module which is all about international ingredients, and then a comprehensive finance module which is delivered by successful entrepreneurs.

Following international culinary trends that focus on the classical French method, Prue Leith students work with imported ingredients, such as Belgian couverture chocolate, French truffles, Iranian caviar, Italian cheeses and cured meats, frogs legs and northern hemisphere salmon. Furthermore, Prue Leith students are afforded a significant amount of practical experience at our very own Prue Leith restaurant – the training ground for all of our students.

If you want the very best culinary education, then the Prue Leith Chefs Academy is the culinary school of choice for you. Our superior world-renowned standard of education ensures that our students get the best possible chefs training available, and are highly sought after in both the South African and international market. With a qualification that tells people that you have graduated from one the most renowned culinary schools in the world, a chef job will not be hard to find.

Of course, as with all culinary schools, what you get out all depends on what you put in! So if you are aspiring to become the best chef in the business, enrol in our Prue Leith Chefs Academy – we are a culinary school of distinction!