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Superior Chef’s Courses at a Reputable Cooking Academy

Pursuing a chef’s career can only be accomplished by those with a burning desire to achieve greatness in the kitchen. Studying at a cooking academy that maintains impeccable standards of excellence is of the utmost importance, as the quality of one’s qualifications are often measured by the reputation of the institute from where they were acquired.

For those wishing to succeed as chefs and who aim to take the culinary world by storm, studying at the Prue Leith Culinary Institute is an excellent choice.

Three Top-Tier Cooking Academy Courses

Entry requirements for any of the following full-time courses include having passed matric with preferably a 60% average. Furthermore, potential candidates should be passionate about cooking, and be willing to dedicate themselves to whatever course they choose.

See the details of each option below:

  1. Occupational Certificate: Chef – This full-time course is split into six semesters over three years.

Half of the six semesters features practical experience at in-service kitchens, with the first being at the on-campus Prue Leith Culinary restaurant. The next training period, which takes place in semester four, will be at one of the many partnered restaurants in several areas across South Africa. To finish off the course, in the sixth and final stage, students will again move to another one of the partner establishments with a different style.

After the first year of learning, students will already receive three certificates to add to their culinary qualifications, including the Occupational Certificate: Cook, the First Aid and Fire Level 1 qualification, as well as the City & Guilds Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking.

Once the three years are completed, they will have acquired five more qualifications to add to their curriculum vitae. These include Occupational Certificate: Chef (Level 5), WSET Level 1 & 2 Wine and Spirit Courses, Prue Leith Chefs Academy Certificate of Achievement, as well as the City & Guilds Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking and Advanced Diploma in Food Preparation and Cookery Supervision.

  1. Professional Patisserie – Another study option for those looking to pursue a career as a chef is to become a pâtissier.

This 18-month course offers attendees the same first-year qualifications as the Occupational Certificate: Chef course. However, the final qualifications upon completion of the qualification differ, as they include the Prue Leith Chefs Academy Certificate of Achievement, as well as the Prue Leith Sugar Craft Certificate.

Furthermore, graduates will receive their Level 5 Certificate Patisserie, City & Guilds Diploma in Patisserie and a WSET Level 1 Wine Course qualification.

All attendees of this course are required to participate in a five-month practical training period at the institute’s restaurant and are to compile a Portfolio of Evidence during this time.

  1. ALMA: Professional Chef of Italian Cuisine – For the students who wish to gain international exposure as chefs of Italian-style cooking, this is the perfect option.

The duration of this course is 19 months of which two months of training are completed at the ALMA – La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, a prestigious chef’s academy in Italy.

Graduates of this impressive course will receive their Prue Leith-ALMA Diploma in Italian Cuisine, City & Guilds Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking, as well as their WSET Level 1 Wine and Spirit Courses certificates.

Interested in Becoming a Professional Chef?

The Prue Leith Culinary Institute is a renowned cooking academy that offers state-of-the-art training to aspiring chefs looking to reach their gastronomic goals by building careers at top fine dining establishments. For further details or questions about the above or other courses offered, enquire online.