Prue Leith Academy

Mention the name Prue Leith to anyone in the catering industry and they will immediately know about whom you are speaking. Prue Leith was brought up in Cape Town and moved to the United Kingdom after completing varsity. It was in London that she made a name for herself, and was awarded the Order of the British Empire for her services to the Catering Industry in the United Kingdom. She is now the patron of the Prue Leith Academy, a prestigious catering college located in the suburb of Hennopspark near Pretoria. The Prue Leith Academy holds the distinction of being the only chef’s training establishment in South Africa that has its own fine dining restaurant and a fully equipped demonstration kitchen that allows for hands-on experience on site.

One must ask oneself why so many establishments advertising for catering staff insist in their adverts that only graduates holding Prue Leith Academy Diplomas need apply? It’s not difficult to comprehend the answer. The academy is the best catering school in South Africa, and its graduates are sought after in catering establishments around the world. Graduates finish their course with enough knowledge of both cooking and the management side of the catering industry to be able to start their own business. Many Prue Leith Academy graduates have gone on to work for such chefs as Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and the Roux Brothers. The academy runs two courses each year, commencing in January and July, and each lasting eighteen months. You can find our contact details on these web pages.