Start Your Career as a Chef with the Best Culinary School

With the number of cookery and chef based programming streaming into our homes via TV, online and magazines, the desire to become a famous chef or even just to learn professional culinary arts has increased significantly.  Nowadays, chefs can become celebrities on par with famous actors and there is no limit to how far you can go if you choose to become a chef.

Choosing which culinary school to attend is one of the most important decisions you will make as you pursue a career in the culinary industry – and this is not an easy decision to make. Considerations such as the location of the culinary school, the cost, the length of the programme and the school’s reputation all weigh heavily in the decision-making process.

Private culinary schools tend to be very specialised. These programmes are almost always only about cooking or baking and exclude everything else. In most cases, students are not expected to take general education requirements that may or may not relate to the culinary field.  However, Prue Leith Chefs Academy is a highly rated chefs training institution in South Africa and the perfect place to train in culinary studies.  Many top chefs and industry professionals recommend our academy to many a prospective chef and as a culinary school of exceptional standard.  Many different aspects of being a chef are covered, such as the running of a kitchen, stock recording, and business topics.

Many private culinary schools are seen to be very prestigious. While this isn’t always true, the most famous culinary schools are part of private programmes. This is usually due to the fact that the school is able to specialise its curriculum and concentrate solely on food. Because they may have higher tuition fees, private cooking schools also tend to have more up-to-date equipment and more famous and celebrated faculty members.

At the Prue Leith Chefs Academy we believe in the core values of passion, excellence, creativity, expertise, cutting edge and tradition.  These values are instilled in the experienced lecturers and the quality of students at our culinary academy has ensured that Prue Leith Chefs Academy has few equals in South Africa.  We are very well respected in the food industry as an exceptional training academy and highly regarded to ensure a world class culinary education.  Building on our reputation for high quality and professional excellence, we are an exceptional culinary school that goes from strength to strength.

Together with the high quality education and training delivered by our educators, our students are also taught to expect the very best and this is encouraged by the use of only the finest quality ingredients from around the world. Quality training and education at this facility, matched with these exceptional ingredients allows our students to fully appreciate the high standards that will be required when working in five star kitchens. A true understanding of the tastes, textures and unique attributes of the finest food available enables a chef to create a masterpiece on a plate both from a visual and taste perspective.

Constantly monitoring and improving on our methodology and expertise at the culinary school ensures that our students get the best possible chefs training available and that our reputation as a leading culinary school is only strengthened.  This constant progression in our practices ensures that our graduates are highly qualified and sought after in both the South African and international market. In fact, we often see one of the best accolades one can get and that is to spot in the job classified sections, adverts for chefs entitled “Prue Leith graduates only”.  We offer an extensive in-house curriculum which has been developed in response to industry demand and standards are ensured under the watchful and ever vigilant eye of Prue Leith OBE.

At Prue Leith we operate a fully equipped demonstration kitchen as well as a highly respected fine dining restaurant alongside our culinary school. This allows our students to polish their acquired skills under the watchful eye of the professional chefs and restaurant managers that oversee it. The onsite restaurant is ranked in the top 100 restaurants in South Africa, and thus ensures that our students polish the skills taught to them to a very high standard.