Pick a Chef School that Pairs with You

Chef School: Pick the Course that Pairs with You.

Located in Centurion, Prue Leith Culinary Institute is one of the leading chef schools in South Africa, and Africa. With an array of courses and state-of-the-art facilities, Prue Leith Culinary Institute will deliver the training and expertise you need to become the chef that you want to be.


The school currently offers five nationally and internationally accredited full-time courses, alongside three part-time courses and several specialised short courses. Whether you are already a professional who wants to improve their skills or a novice looking to begin their culinary odyssey, Prue Leith Culinary Institute has everything you need.

Those interested in training full-time can pick from a variety of disciplines. The Occupational Certificate is a three-year course that aims to produce well-balanced, intuitive chefs with the ability to manage while maintaining culinary creativity.

Those looking for a course with international flair can opt for ALMA: Professional Chef of Italian Cuisine. For this course, the school has partnered with ALMA – La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, based in Corlono in Parma, Italy. This course runs over nineteen months and provides the students with an opportunity to study part of their course in Italy at the ALMA institute. Three additional full-time courses include: Introduction to Professional Cookery and an eighteen-month or six-month course entitled Professional Patisserie.

If you are searching for something that doesn’t require full-time study, Prue Leith offers comprehensive part-time courses to help you explore food at your own pace. The Occupational Certificate: Chef (ARPL) is aimed at existing culinary professionals. ARPL stands for: artisan recognition of prior learning. The course enables those who have been working in the industry for several years to attain the level-five qualification from the school on a part-time basis.

The Foundation of Cooking course is an eighteen-month part-time endeavour for existing culinary professionals looking for a formal qualification, or for people who are unable to study full-time but want to move into the world of food. If you have a flair for baking, The Professional Patisserie’s part-time course also runs over eighteen months and prepares you to become a professional pastry chef.

If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, there are several one-, two-, and five-day courses offered to those who are looking to begin their culinary journey in specific areas of cookery. The courses include everything from Fascinating Fermentation to Basic Baking to Valhorna Chocolate and Sugar Confections. There is even a Valentine’s Day course for couples who enjoy cooking together – or don’t – and want to learn how. You and your partner will receive course note and ingredients, a three-course meal, which you will cook together, and a wine pairing.

If you are interested in attending courses at a state-of-the-art culinary school, then look no further than Prue Leith Culinary Institute. If you would like to learn what you need to achieve your culinary dream, whether you want to be a professional or take a day to learn about mastering the art of macaroons, take the time to attend the next open day or evening. The next opening evening at the school is on the 7th of May from 18:00 to 19:00 and the next opening day is on 29 May from 10:00 to 12:00.