The Prue Leith Chefs Academy is very proud to offer a joint programme in partnership with Italy’s premiere culinary training institution, ALMA – La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, in Colorno (Parma – Italy).
In July 2011, Prue Leith and ALMA embarked upon this joint programme, the likes of which has never before been seen in the South African culinary industry. The programme gives enthusiastic young South African chef students the opportunity to train both locally and abroad.
Qualified chefs wishing to specialise in Italian cuisine can also apply and will only complete the Italian part of the course, with introductory subjects at Prue Leith Chefs Academy.
Effectively, for any prospective student wishing to follow a career focused on Italian cuisine and culture as well as the French culinary cornerstones, this international collaboration opens the door to seven months of full time study and practical experience in Italy, as well as 12-months of City & Guilds approved foundational training in South Africa.
ALMA has identified Prue Leith Chefs Academy as the benchmark Academy in Southern Africa to include in its international network of renowned culinary partner schools. As part of an international network, the Prue Leith-ALMA partnership not only provides a full immersion into Italian food and culture, but also allows for greater international exposure for both the Academy and our students.
19 Months ( Full Time )
January & July intake
Matric / Grade 12 qualification or equivalent.
An inextinguishable passion for food, the ability to work hard, an eye for detail.
There are two options available for this programme:
Option A: For candidates with no professional culinary experience.
Introduction to the kitchen and hospitality industry
Personal hygiene & safety
Food safety & workplace safety
Numeracy, units measure & computer literacy
Introduction to nutrition & diets
Understanding basic ingredients
Theory of food production
Theory of commodity resource management
Food preparation methods
Food preparation techniques
Cooking methods & techniques
Personal development as a cook
First Aid & Fire course
Assist with kitchen activities in Prue Leith Restaurant and Short Courses
Exam: Internal Theory & Practical Exam
Second Semester 5 Months Practical
Practical experience in the Prue Leith Restaurant, the Academy’s on site fine dining restaurant. Students will be compiling a Portfolio of Evidence (POE) during this semester.
Exam: External Summative Assessment for Occupational Certificate: Cook Qualification
Exam: City & Guilds Certificate, Food Safety Theory
Full time training in Italy at ALMA for two months
Italian regional cuisine and culture
Italian products and raw materials
Guest chef demonstrations by top Italian chefs from different regions
Cooking techniques and practice
Wines of Italy
Visits to food production sites.
Practical Internship in Italy
Five month stage: Students are placed at top establishments throughout Italy to gain practical experience in the work environment. Students will be working the hours required by the operation and are provided with accommodation as well as meals, but are not paid during this period.