Selecting a Cooking Academy

Choosing Short Courses at a Cooking Academy

Many of us have culinary passions or maybe even ambitions. However, the prospect of studying again or changing careers entirely can seem overwhelming. So, many of us keep our passion for food locked away, unsure of how to dip our toes into those culinary waters. But what if we told you that Prue Leith Culinary Institute runs an impressive range of short courses? Our short courses are suited to both novices and seasoned foodies alike, offering the opportunity for those with a penchant for food to expand their horizons and learn some new tricks at a first-class cooking academy.

If you are looking for a cooking academy where you can dabble in the culinary arts, all the while holding down a 9 to 5 and managing a family, Prue Leith Culinary Institute is the answer. While we also offer a three-year national diploma, accredited by City & Guilds and specialise in equipping students with the experience and insight to succeed in a culinary career, the shorter courses are perfect for those looking to dabble in food theory and practice without the commitment of enrolling full-time at a cooking academy.

Short Course Offerings at Prue Leith

Learners interested in trying out our short courses should keep a close eye on our course offering page and check available dates. Courses include all ingredients, recipes, refreshments, and, of course, a chef’s hat! Some of the top short courses at our cooking academy include:

  • Taming Fire: Mastering the Art of Braaing: If you want to elevate your braai skills and impress your guests at your next soirée, this one is for you. Learn how to prepare complex meat cuts (by trussing, boning and rolling) and create dazzling side dishes and braai-side drinks. By the end of the day, you will undoubtedly be a braai master.
  • Basic Baking: If you want to get back to basics and learn the primary elements of baking, this course will give you all the top tricks and more. Upon completion, you will feel confident with your newfound knowledge about the science of baking. Leave knowing how to make a Genoise sponge chocolate Swiss roll, Victoria sponge cake with butter cream frosting, carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and strawberries and cream scones. Your next tea party is bound to be a success!
  • Secrets of Seafood: Many of us love eating seafood but cooking it can be another story and may feel somewhat overwhelming. In this one-day course at our academy, you will learn all about seafood sustainability, the best ways to fabricate fish, the art of flavour pairing, and cooking methods, including steaming, battering, and frying.

Explore Prue Leith Culinary Institute

If you want to kindle your passion for cooking, it is time to explore our short courses or even our part-time diplomas. We have much to offer budding foodies and are the place to be for anyone looking to enhance their culinary knowledge and study at a world-class cooking academy. With our premium, state-of-the-art kitchen, we provide students with the equipment and environment necessary to bring any culinary creation to life. We look forward to welcoming you and enhancing your culinary knowledge and skills.