South Africa’s Leading Speciality Chefs Academy

South Africa’s Leading Speciality Chefs Academy

The ability to exercise one’s own personal choices and preferences has to be one of the biggest privileges of living in the 21st century. Advances in technology, the easy and rapid exchange of information, and fast, convenient travel expose people to ever-more and different cultures, consumer goods, cultures, and lifestyles; factors that influence what people want, like, and enjoy. Mankind’s sophisticated palate has come of age, it seems, figuratively and literally. Consequently, creators, inventors, suppliers, manufacturers, and purveyors of all types of life’s wonderful variety have responded and specialised in what they offer, be it cars, cordless appliances, creative cuisine, or modern goods and services.

Basis of All Speciality Chefs Training

Although the world of culinary arts has its own unique specialities, typically involving preparation of foods and dishes, flavours, and fine dining styles, the basis of all bona fide professional chefs’ training and fine dining remains rooted in classic French techniques, a worthy, essential tradition that is also applied at our South African speciality chefs training academy, Prue Leith’s, in Centurion near Pretoria. Various other cuisine styles and influences are included in our theoretical and practical curricula, while additional opportunities to specialise further in disciplines such as patisserie, Italian cuisine, and advanced culinary arts are on offer. Most of our professional courses are presented on a full-time basis, with some offered to post-graduate, professional chefs who wish to specialise further, expand their repertoire, or brush up on their skills or specialities.

Prue Leith Academy’s Speciality Courses and Programmes

Full-time courses:

  • Occupational Certificate: Chef.
  • Grande Diploma in Culinary Arts & Wine.
  • ALMA “Professional Chef of Italian Cuisine”.
  • Diploma in Patisserie – six or 12 months.
  • Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts.

Part-time courses:

  • Diploma in Food Preparation & Culinary Arts.
  • Diploma in Patisserie.

Post-graduate programmes:

  • Diploma in Patisserie.
  • ALMA “Professional Chef of Italian Cuisine” – Qualified Chefs.
  • Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts.

Short Courses

Whilst we are best known and most highly acclaimed for the superior standards of our professional culinary programmes, high standards, and competent, confident graduates who are ready and able to work in professional, specialised kitchens immediately following graduation, we also offer a range of short course specialities. Most of our short courses are intended for keen novice cooks who wish to learn more about the preparation of a variety of foods or baked goods, as well as more advanced home cooks and bakers. A few are suitable for qualified chefs who seek a quick refresher programme.

Prue Leith Academy’s short courses are proving to be increasingly popular and are usually fully subscribed. If one or more of these expertly designed short course specialities appeal to you, do not wait too long before enrolling. The sooner you do, the better your chances of securing a booking. Book your place now.

Academy’s Open Days and New Course

 We are proud to introduce a brand new 12-week course from 2018 – Foundation of Cooking. An open day and evening are held at our academy’s campus on 13 and 17 January 2018 – the perfect opportunity to have your questions answered personally and gain more information about our speciality chefs academy and your future culinary career. Enrolment closes on 31 January 2018, so be sure to visit or contact us soon.