Embarking on a Chef Career
Top Tips to Remember when Embarking on a Chef Career
If you are passionate about food and love learning about ingredients and flavours from around the globe, it might be time to explore a chef career. A chef career can open many doors, allowing those with a penchant for the culinary arts the opportunity to work in the industry anywhere in the world.
Before deciding on a chef career, consider the following tips from the accomplished experts at Prue Leith Culinary Institute.
- Study at a reputable culinary school: One of the top pieces of advice for anyone aiming to enter a chef career is to study at a reputable academy with established connections and prowess in the food and hospitality industry. All our courses are accredited by the City & Guilds, and are, therefore, internationally recognised. This means that your certificates will be well regarded both nationally and globally, opening a plethora of possibilities wherever you choose to start your career.
- Study at an academy with the best equipment: If you want to work in top kitchens, you need to know your way around the equipment used in practice. Thanks to our R 10.5-million state-of-the-art kitchen revamp, students can get first-hand experience with an array of premium kitchen tools, including KitchenAid mixers, sous vide baths, Thermomix, and more.
- Mix theory with practical experience: While the theory is imperative for any aspiring chef and will teach them critical food-related knowledge, the science behind food, and must-know techniques, much knowledge and insight are gleaned from practical experience. At Prue Leith, we place our students in world-renowned establishments so that they can get a feel for what a real-world chef career entails.
- Consider overseas experience: If you want to learn about foods from around the world, it is worthwhile to travel while gaining experience. At Prue Leith Culinary Institute, we offer students the opportunity to study and train in Italy, experiencing the ins and outs of Italian cuisine through the ALMA: Professional Chef of Italian Cuisine course.
Explore the Course Offerings at Prue Leith Culinary Institute
If we have piqued your curiosity and you are ready to delve into a world of food, get in touch with us today. Prospective students can visit our campus and enjoy one of our open days where they can pick the brains of our industry experts and discover all there is to know about obtaining your diploma. You might even enjoy a bite at our celebrated on-site restaurant.
And, if you’re not looking to enter a chef career, but instead simply want to spice up your kitchen skills, why not look into our short course offerings? Whether you want to perfect your braai skills and become the ultimate braai master, host a tea party that would impress the Queen, or learn the supreme skills that make for the perfect seafood starter, we have a short course for all. Be sure to keep an eye out on our events page and get in touch for more information on booking your spot. We look forward to working with you and showing you the ins and outs of upping your cooking game.