Sterling Reputation for Food Academy

Academy’s Food, Fabulous Food

Food has become far more than a source of sustenance for the human body. The enjoyment and pleasure to be had by dining on delicious dishes from any number of cultures is a testament to modern mankind’s fascination with the entire experience of eating and food.

Always Lots More to Know

Although one can gain a lot of knowledge about food preparation, ingredients and which of them complement one another, cooking and cooking methods, and attractive presentation and plating via the media and Internet, there is still a huge deal more to know about the wide world of food from a background, theoretical, and practical perspective. This accounts for the popularity of food academies that teach and train amateur cooks and professional chefs all they need to know about the preparation of dishes that emerge from their home or professional restaurant kitchens.

Sterling Reputation for Culinary Excellence

Despite there being numerous such culinary training establishments across South Africa, it’s always wise to select one with a sterling reputation for excellence, even if you are undertaking a short course designed for home cooks and amateur bakers or have ambitions of becoming a professional chef. Acclaimed as arguably the top culinary school in South Africa, the Prue Leith Chefs Academy in Hennopspark, Centurion, is the food academy that most professionals in the hospitality field recommend for culinary studies. In fact, many of this country’s top restaurateurs prefer to employ Prue Leith-trained graduates when they need to fill a vacancy in the kitchen.

Prue Leith Academy’s Professional Courses

At the City & Guilds-accredited Prue Leith Chefs Academy, we offer a range of full-time, specialist, and part-time courses, principally designed for those who wish to qualify as professional chefs, as well as chefs who wish to brush up on their skills or specialise in a particular aspect of the culinary arts.


  • Occupational Certificate: Chef – 3 years.
  • ALMA “Professional Chef of Italian Cuisine” – 19 months.
  • Introduction to Professional Cookery – 1 year.
  • Professional Patisserie – 18 months.
  • Professional Patisserie – 6 months (an appropriate City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate is an enrolment entry requirement).

Specialist Courses (Full-Time)

  • Professional Patisserie – 6 months, as above.
  • ALMA “Professional Chef of Italian Cuisine” – Qualified Chefs – 10 months.


  • Foundation of Cooking – 18 months.
  • Professional Patisserie – 18 months.
  • Occupational Certificate: Chef – ARPL – a new Prue Leith food academy course and a new qualification, which recognises prior experience working as a chef for at least 3 years – with or without a qualification, for candidates aged at least 19 years. ARPL is the official abbreviation for “artisan recognition of prior learning”.

Prue Leith Short Courses

These short courses are on offer to anyone who wants to learn about or brush up on a host of foods and their preparation and presentation. Currently, as of December 2019, the Prue Leith Chefs Academy is proud to present a total of 25 short courses that range widely in content.

Whether you wish to master iced desserts, macaroons, braaiing, versatile vegetables, summer salads, basic or bread baking, seafood or tarts (or a host of other foods, you are likely to find it at Prue’s. Please find the 2020 short-course dates elsewhere on our website.