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.
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 the Prue Leith Culinary Institute.
ALMA has identified the Prue Leith Culinary Institute 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 Institute and our students.
There are two options available for this programme:
First Semester takes place at Prue Leith Chefs Academy
Italian language classes taught by the Italian Institute of Culture
Introductory Italian food and culture classes
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.
Tests can be expected throughout the course in all subjects and final exams will take place at ALMA at the end of July/August. Successful candidates will achieve the Prue Leith-ALMA Diploma in Italian Cuisine.