Since it's inception in 2004 the academy has strived to provide a
practical course for chefs by chefs without the added extras that are
not relevant to the kitchen.

We offer the most practical intensive course in South Africa with hands-on classes everyday, no demonstrations
with students sitting watching instead of cooking themselves.

Our instructors are qualified chefs with industry relevant experience whose primary responsibility is to equip
graduates with the skills and confidence to successfully enter the industry. Classes are limited to 16 students
to ensure proper knowledge transfer.

We do not chase competitions or encourage celebrity. Instead we offer repetitive training of the basic principles
of cookery in an environment of one-on-one tuition. We care about our students' abilities because they reflect
on our brand.

Past graduates have excelled in the industry and run top kitchens in Cape Town, Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, The Cullinan &
The Greenhouse to name a few. Others have gone on to open their own business such as The Creamery, Woodstock Bakery
and Shesha Catering. We like to think that our course gave them that little bit extra to achieve their success.

We invite you to come in and see our facilities and join a class to see first hand what it’s like at SA Chefs Academy
before you make your decision to study as a chef. If you’re from out of town drop us an email & check out the video on
this site. All you need is a thick skin and strong legs!

We currently have the following courses on offer

Private Chefs

The South African Chefs Academy provides private chefs for all occasions. Contact Paul Hartmann on 021 447 3168 for a quote.

For Chefs

Looking for a cooking job in South Africa? Send us your CV now and we can help you advance your career today. Remember to let us know what you are looking for and which area you would like to work in. Its free! Mail us your CV now to:

For Employers

Need to separate the wheat from the chaff? We can help you do this through our large on the ground network of contacts. Our recruitment fees are more than reasonable and we offer you the unique service of finding chefs-by chefs. To access our list of premium candidates, email us now

Our Courses


This Diploma Course is unique in that is conducted by internationally acclaimed chefs who offer practical hands-on cooking lessons every single day .

The one year Diploma and Patisserie Course is the most practically intensive course in South Africa: what other schools complete in two years, we finish in one. What this means is that you are earning good money and climbing the career ladder in year two, instead of sitting in a classroom.

On graduation you will be armed with the necessary skills to confidently join the ranks of professional chefs around the world.

The Diploma and Patisserie Course offers:
220 days of expert tuition, including a cooking practical every single day.
Job Interviews on graduation. We guarantee you an interview at a top establishment of your choice or similar, using our extensive industry connections. The rest is up to you.

If you are accepted onto the course, you will receive:

Full chefs uniform, including foot wear
All quality ingredients and equipment is provided
State of the art stainless steel workstations, in secure and upmarket premises
An internationally recognised City & Guilds qualification
A skill which enables you to work locally, abroad, on cruise ships or even a private yacht
Accredited by City & Guilds and recognized by SA Chefs Association, your diploma is internationally recognized and accepted when you travel abroad.


If you are currently working in a hotel or restaurant kitchen and would like a formal, recognised qualification, then our Part Time Block Release Courses will suit your needs.

It is imperative that you are working in a kitchen before applying for these course, as we will cover the Theoretical component, while you complete the Practical work ‘in-house’.

By completing this six month part time City & Guilds course you will enhance your CV and become instantly more employable.

Safety and Hygiene at Work
Kitchen maintenance and design
Budgets, costing and control
Gain fundamental knowledge of a working kitchen and the theoretical aspect behind food
To find out more, email us and ask for a FREE Career Info pack, or contact us to set up a formal interview

We offer four courses as part of this programme:

Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking
Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking (Must have a matric)
Diploma in Patisserie (Must have completed the diploma course or have records of prior learning)
Advanced Diploma in Food Preparation and Cookery Supervision (One year Part time)

All four courses are recognised by City and Guilds International.