Training

Centres for Culinary Excellence

These specialised culinary courses take place at the South African Chefs Association’s Centre for Culinary Excellence, Corner of Annet and Bunting Roads, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

Specialised one day culinary courses, lecture venue and kitchen for hire, team building activities and five-and ten-day culinary skills workshops.

These short courses take place from 09h00 to 15h30 on each day.

To book, kindly contact: yejna@sachefs.co.za 
Call: 011 482 7250

Education and Training Regulations / Accreditation Bodies

Training Providers

EASTERN CAPE

Alfresco International Academy of Food and Wine

Tel: (043) 735-1735

email: alfresco1@telkomsa.net

web: www.alfresco1.co.za

Capsicum Culinary Studio

FREE STATE

Central University of Technology

Tel: (051) 507-3235

email: info@thepastryworks.co.za

web: www.cut.ac.za

FBI Food & Beverage Institute

Tel: (051) 451-9122

email: admin@fbibfn.co.za

web: www.fbibfn.co.za

GAUTENG

Bakeology
CMP Cooking School

Tel: 081 332 3515

email: 1cmpcookingschool@gmail.com

Capsicum Culinary Studio

Boksburg Campus

Tel: (011) 918-2690

email: nico@capsicumcooking.co.za

web: www.capsicumcooking.com

Johannesburg Campus

Tel: (011) 234-1896

email: adminjhb@capsicumcooking.co.za

web: www.capsicumcooking.com

Rosebank Campus

Tel: (011) 234-1896

email: adminjhb@capsicumcooking.co.za

web: www.capsicumcooking.com

Pretoria Campus

Tel: (012) 993-0071

email: adminjhb@capsicumcooking.co.za

web: www.capsicumcooking.com

Guvon Academy

Tel: (001) 168-8121

email: sonia@guvonacademy.co.za

web: www.guvonhotels.co.za

International Hotel Sunninghill
NDS Chefs Academy

Tel: 087 004 1310

email:  info@ndsacademy.co.za

web: https://ndsacademy.co.za/

Prue Leith CULINARY INSTITUTE

Tel: (012) 654-5203

email: info@prueleith.co.za

web: www.prueleith.co.za

The Swiss Hotel School
TT's Chef Academy
Capital Hotel School
CHEFS TRAINING AND INNOVATION ACADEMY (CTIA)

Centurion Campus

Tel: (012) 654-0244

WhatsApp: 062 082 1964

email: info@ctia.co.za

web: www.ctia.co.za

Chef MLK School of Cooking

Tel: 076 296 6916

email: amelia@chefmlk.com

web: www.chefmlk.com

HTA School of Culinary Art

Tel: (011) 285-0937 / (011) 285-0916

email: enrol@htatrain.co.za

web: www.htachefschool.co.za

JHB Culinary & Pastry School

Tel: (011) 024-5277

email: info@jcps.co.za

web: www.jcps.co.za

Midrand Baking School (MBS)
OSIUMA CULINARY SCHOOL (OCS)

Tel: (011) 465-7782

email: ngwenya.bongiwe94@gmail.com

Steyns’ Culinary School
The FBI Chef School & Patisserie Academy
The University of Johannesburg (UJ)

School of Tourism and Hospitality

Tel: (051) 451-9122

email: amynhardt@uj.ac.za

web: www.uj.ac.za

KWAZULU-NATAL

1000 Hills Chef School

Tel: (031) 777-1566

email: info@thechefschool.com

web: www.thechefschool.com

CHEFS TRAINING AND INNOVATION ACADEMY (CTIA)

Durban Campus

Tel: (031) 001-4196

WhatsApp: 061 322 0949

email: infodbn@ctia.co.za

web: www.ctia.co.za

Fern Hill Hotel’s Training College
Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine
Laeeque School Of Cake Decorating And Confectionery Arts

Tel: (031) 208-6488

email: info@laeequeonline.co.za

web: www.laeequeonline.co.za

The Master Chef Culinary Academy

Tel: (031) 467-0419

email: fatimastanley@webmail.co.za

Capsicum Culinary Studio

KZN Campus

Tel: (031) 561-1959

email: chef@capsicumcooking.co.za

web: www.capsicumcooking.com

Durban University of Technology (DUT)

Tel: (031) 373-2323

email: janev@dut.ac.za

web: www.dut.ac.za

International Hotel School
LifePrep College

Tel: (031) 569-5060

email: info@lifeprepcollege.co.za

Midlands Hospitality Academy

Tel: (033) 342 2590

email: admin@mhacademy.co.za

web: www.mhacademy.co.za

South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF)

Tel: (031) 309-6786

email: acc.dbn@sanzaf.org.za

web: www.sanzaf.org.za

LIMPOPO

African Art of Cooking
Greater Kruger Hotel School & Training Centre
Limpopo Chefs Academy

Mokopane & Polokwane Campus

Tel: (015) 491-1226 / (015) 292 0102

WhatsApp: 066 008 6821

email: info@limpopochefs.co.za

web: www.limpopochefs.co.za

Waterberg FET College
Dolly Training Academy

Tel: 073 688 9596

email: fulustaste@gmail.com

KHARO HOSPITALITY AND TRAINING
Sondela Academy

MPUMALANGA

CHEFS TRAINING AND INNOVATION ACADEMY (CTIA)

Nelspruit Campus

Tel: (013) 110-1141

WhatsApp: 076 054 2008

email: infompu@ctia.co.za

web: www.ctia.co.za

MRTT – Hospitality and Tourism Academy

Tel: (013) 794-3892

email: hlatshwayob@rttrust.co.za

web: www.rttrust.co.za

Basapa Training and Catering Academy

Tel: 072 806 6928

email: basapa256@gmail.com

NORTH WEST

Purple Carrot School of Culinary Art

Tel: 082 556 0779

email: info@purplecarrot.co.za

web: www.purplecarrot.co.za

REC (Rustenburg Education College)

Tel: (014) 537-2208

email: principal@rec.co.za

web: www.rec.co.za

The Professional Cooking Academy
Potchefstroom Chef Academy
Royal Bafokeng Institute School of Hospitality

WESTERN CAPE

Capsicum Culinary Studio

Cape Town Campus

Tel: (021) 442-0600

email: chef@capsicumcooking.co.za

web: www.capsicumcooking.com

CHEFS TRAINING AND INNOVATION ACADEMY (CTIA)

Stellenbosch Campus

Tel: (021) 000-3744

WhatsApp: 062 505 7027

email: infoct@ctia.co.za

web: www.ctia.co.za

Global Chef School
Institute of Culinary Arts

Tel: (021) 885-1414

email: info@icachef.co.za

web: www.icachef.co.za

NQ tac

Tel: (044) 873-4771

email: irene@nqtac.co.za

Sense Of Taste Culinary Arts Cooking School
Stir Crazy Catering & Cooking School
West Coast Chef School
Chez Gourmet
Francois Ferreira Academy
International Hotel School
National Institute For The Deaf (NID) College

Tel: (023) 342-5555

email: nid@nid.org.za

web: www.nid.org.za

The Private Hotel School

Tel: (021) 881-3792

Silwood School of Cookery

Tel: (021) 686-4894

email: study@silwood.co.za

web: www.silwood.co.za

Warwick’s Chef School

NORTHERN CAPE

Butler’s Hotel School

Tel: (053) 831-1291

email: kimjo@absamail.co.za

LESOTHO

Dona@Balos

Tel: (662) 860-4143

email: info@donabalos.co.ls

web: www.donabalos.co.ls

Certification & Designation awards programme

The South African Chefs Association was recognised by SAQA (The South African Qualifications Authority) in 2012, as a professional body.
We have been re-recognised in 2017 and in 2022.

The Professional Body recognition status affords the association the opportunity to recognise members through the awarding of professional designations.

What is a professional designation?

Professional designation is a title or status conferred by a non-statutory professional body in recognition of a person’s expertise and the right to practice in an occupational field

What is the benefit to you as a chef to be awarded a Professional Designation?

A membership and designation from a professional body does more than just demonstrate your industry credentials. Professional bodies also provide support, education, and networking opportunities as your progress through your career. Being awarded a designated also means you are directly:

  1. Contributing to building the national education and training system
  2. Advancing the objectives of the NQF
  3. Improving national career advisory services in collaboration with the association
  4. Contributing to facilitating access to and analysis of data related to professions
  5. Encouraging and contributing to establishing international leading practice and the raising of esteem for South African professions
  6. Promoting understanding of, and trust in, our profession
  7. Encouraging social responsibility and accountability in our profession
  8. Promoting pride in The South African Chefs Association

SA Chefs established the Designation Awards Program for formally qualified and non- qualified chefs in 2015. The Cook and Chef occupational qualifications, underpins the designation. Recognition of Prior Learning through an competency assessment is available for chefs who have not achieved the Occupational Qualifications.

DESIGNATIONS

This applies to all chefs with a Culinary Diploma (or recognised equivalent) and the required years of experience. Based on your qualification and years of experience you can apply to be SAQA registered for the following professional titles:

COOK- Obtained the Occupational Qualification Cook by successfully passing the Cook EISA which includes 6 Months formal kitchen experience

CHEF DE PARTIE – Obtained the Occupational Qualification Chef by successfully passing the Chef EISA which includes 1 Year 6 Months formal kitchen experience. 

SOUS CHEF – Requirements: Currently employed as a Sous Chef – Obtained the Occupational Qualification Chef by successfully passing the Chef EISA 3 years of kitchen experience

HEAD CHEF – Requirements: Currently employed as a Head Chef – Obtained the Occupational Qualification Chef by successfully passing the Chef EISA and 5 years of kitchen experience

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

This applies to all cooks and chefs without a formal qualification. Based on your skill level and experience you can apply for certification for one of these four professional titles:

COOK – Requirements: currently employed as a Cook – minimum 1 years of experience

CHEF DE PARTIE – Requirements: currently employed as a Chef de Partie – minimum 3 years of experience

SOUS CHEF – Requirements: currently employed as a Sous Chef – minimum 5 years of experience

HEAD CHEF – Requirements: currently employed as a Head Chef – minimum 7 years of experience

Only current SA Chefs Members can apply for the Designation Awards Programme.

To check your membership status or if you want to apply for membership, please email precious@sachefs.co.za.

APPLICATION PROCESS

We know there is a lot of information and paperwork involved in the Designation Awards Programme, however we are here for you every step of the way, so let us know if you need any assistance. 

If you intend on applying for SAQA-registered Designation (as outlined above), access the application form, by clicking here.

CLICK HERE

If you have any further queries please contact our Head of Education: Elsu Gericke on elsu@sachefs.co.za

elsu@sachefs.co.za

 

 

 

National Youth Chefs Training Programme

The National Youth Chefs Training Programme (NYCTP) was created in a unique partnership between the National Department of Tourism (NDT) and the South African Chefs Association (SA Chefs) to address the urgent need for cooks and chefs in South Africa’s growing hospitality industry. This programme forms part of the National Government’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) as an initiative to fund skills development projects to create employment. In line with this, SA Chefs was tasked to engage and educate young, unemployed people, who have the interest, drive and aptitude to work as chefs in the hospitality.

The National Youth Chefs Training Programme (NYCTP) was created in a unique partnership between the National Department of Tourism (NDT) and the South African Chefs Association (SA Chefs) to address the urgent need for cooks and chefs in South Africa’s growing hospitality industry. This programme forms part of the National Government’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) as an initiative to fund skills development projects to create employment. In line with this, SA Chefs was tasked to engage and educate young, unemployed people, who have the interest, drive and aptitude to work as chefs in the hospitality.

The pilot programme, which began in April 2011, enlisted 800 students in a platform that is designed to provide learners with both theoretical and practical training. The Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk and the NDT have been inspired and excited about this programme that makes a positive impact in the fight against unemployment, as well as answers a critical need in the development of our hospitality and tourism industry.

“In Government we work with budgets, policies and policy documents, and I know that a lot of people look at us and wonder what it achieves. Does it change lives? When I look at this program [NYCTP] I am convinced that this is a programme that will touch the lives of many people,” said Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk during his speech at the launch of NYCTP.

All students who enroll in the programme at a first year level will complete a City & Guilds Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking (Culinary Arts) and in the second year, on successfully completing the course, can enroll to complete a City & Guilds Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking. The students that make it into the third year will complete an Advanced Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking and will learn leadership and management skills, as well as menu and recipe development and more specialised cooking skills. On completing their third year, these NYCTP graduates will have the skills and experience necessary to enter a junior management role.

The programme runs in all nine provinces, and 26 SA Chefs-accredited culinary schools have taken an active part in the creation and success of NYCTP. In addition to the solid theoretical training the students – in first, second and third year – gain valuable practical experience in restaurant, hotel and resort kitchens across the country.

SA Chefs involvement

The Buzz around the SA Chefs stand at the Department of Tourism’s career day in 2009 started discussions around the idea of a Youth Training Programme. Together with SA Chefs a certificate in culinary arts, which is registered with City and Guilds in the UK was developed which will enable students to work anywhere in the word upon completion.
Other training providers which form part of the programme are: Swiss Hotel School; HTA School of Culinary Art; Capital Hotel School; Silwood Kitchen; Institute of Culinary Arts, butlers Hotel School, 1000 Hills Chefs school; fusion Cooking School; Capsicum, International Hotel School, School of Culinary art, alfresco Academy of food and the Centre of Culinary Excellence.

The National Youth Chefs Training Programme keeps on soaring; changing the lives of young unemployed people and providing our hospitality industry with a skilled workforce.

The Enterprise Development Program

The Enterprise Development Program run by SA Chefs aims to upskill, inspire and empower community based caterers nationally.

Successfully implemented in 2012 it has assisted caterers in creating successful and sustainable businesses and uplifts communities around the country.  Creating a business network that drives employment and economic growth is a valuable benefit of sponsoring and participating in the program. Because the  program is aimed at the business owner the practical and theoretical classes are offered only once a week. Ensuring that the training has a low impact on business productivity.

 
Mainly sponsored by corporate businesses looking to enhance their brand exposure and as part of their skills spend however an individual that is aiming to improve their knowledge and skill can also apply to become part of a program through SA Chefs.

THANKS TO THE BEST

Our Patrons & Sponsors

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