Leading Chefs College in South Africa

Join the Leading Chefs College in South Africa


A love for food is not enough to carve out a successful career in the culinary arts. You need a burning passion to explore a world of flavours and techniques, as well as a desire to always learn more about a rich field that is constantly expanding. You also need proper, formal training from a leading chefs college to rise above the rest in your career.


The Importance of Attending a Reputable Chefs College


The quality of the culinary school you attend will not only reflect in the quality of the food you deliver but can also dictate the evolution of your career in this competitive industry. Attending a leading chefs college gives you:


  • Access to training in a wide range of skills and techniques as required by the industry
  • Exposure to a variety of different cuisines
  • Exposure to ingredients that may fall outside of the limitations of your locally available produce
  • The opportunity to expand your knowledge of flavours and flavour combinations, and the ability to use this knowledge in the development of your own dishes
  • A head start over your peers starting out in the industry


Why Choose Prue Leith Culinary Institute


If you are looking to enroll at a leading chefs college, Prue Leith Culinary Institute should be your first choice. For just over 20 years, we have been at the forefront of professional culinary training in South Africa, and our multi-million rand investment in new kitchen and lecture facilities confirms our undisputed place at the leading edge of culinary tuition in South Africa and Africa.


A Range of Courses


Whether you are aiming to enter the culinary industry or are a practicing chef who wants to expand their skill set, we offer a range of courses to suit a variety of needs. These include:


  • Full-Time Courses


  • Occupational Certificate: Chef (3 years)
  • ALMA “Professional Chef of Italian Cuisine” (19 months)
  • ALMA “Professional Chef of Italian Cuisine” – Qualified Chefs (10 months)
  • Introduction to Professional Cookery (1 year)
  • Professional Patisserie (18 months)
  • Professional Patisserie (6 months)


  • Part-Time Courses


  • Certificate in Sugar Craft (11 weeks)
  • Occupational Certificate: Chef – ARPL
  • Foundation of Cooking (18 months)
  • Professional Patisserie (18 months)


  • Short Courses


These range from 1-day to 5-day in-person or online courses and masterclasses, and include a variety of topics and skills, such as:

  • Advanced Cakes and Decorations
  • Menu Planning, Plating and Trends
  • Secrets of Seafood
  • Mastering Meat
  • Art of Bread Baking


  • Specialist Consulting

As the leading chefs college in South Africa, we are uniquely placed to offer specialist consulting services to the Southern African tourism and hospitality industry, including training, menu development, and more.

Our Accreditations

We choose to align our brand and join forces with other like-minded companies and individuals with the sole purpose of offering the highest standard of culinary education possible in South Africa. Our accreditations and affiliations include:

  • City & Guilds Approved Centre
  • South African Chefs Association
  • The South African Department of Higher Education & Training
  • QCTO (Quality Council for Trades & Occupations)
  • Registered Trade Test Centre

Contact Prue Leith Culinary Institute for more information or request an application form if you are ready to join the leading chefs college in South Africa.