Training to become a chef at the Prue Leith Chef Academy is an experience in itself. The Grande Chef Diploma in Culinary Studies & Wines is one of the most prestigious culinary qualifications that a young chef can obtain in South Africa.
Our chef academy is not highly acclaimed for nothing. The full-time 18 month course at the chef academy is intense ensuring full preparation of the students regarding professional chef careers. The classic French training in cold and hot as well as pastry kitchens, in addition to a range of specialist modules such as Spice Route, Kitchen Management, Finance, and Pan African Cuisine make for a rather comprehensive course.
The students are also trained in wines through a preliminary wine course which is presented at the Prue Leith Chef Academy by no other than the Cape Wine Academy.
Students do their practical training in the Leith’s restaurant, which is also rated amongst the top 100 restaurants in South Africa. They write internal exams alongside the City & Guilds in Food Preparation and Culinary Arts IVQ exam ensuring national framework qualifications. This is essential to enable students who graduate to be qualified according to the standards of the industry.
Our Chef Academy course runs over a period of 18 months and is divided into three semesters with the first focussing on foundational training, the second on in-house restaurant work and the third giving the students external work experience.
The minimum requirement for enrolment at our Chef Academy is a Matric/ Grade 12 or equivalent. The students study in an upmarket environment where every piece of equipment is selected with care and where they have full Internet access and a complete on-site library for their theoretical preparations. Study where the some of the best chefs in the world have studied.
Contact us today to enrol at our Chef Academy.