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SIX MONTHS PROFESSIONAL COOKERY DIPLOMA & SIX MONTHS PROFESSIONAL PASTRY DIPLOMA

Follow your passion and master the basics of hot kitchen or patisserie within six months. 
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Professional Cookery Diploma

Course Overview

We believe the best way to become great at something is to practice.

That’s why we offer repetitive training of the basic principles of cookery in an environment of one-on-one tuition.

Duration:
Six Months; Full-time
Intakes:
Mid January & early July
Accreditation:
Highfield UK accreditation
Entry requirements:
NQF Level 2/Grade 10 Required
No. of students:
16 max.
Terms:
Tbc
Graduation:
July & early December

Professional Cookery Diploma

Course Content

Learn the classic French repertoire and modern techniques in an environment of one-on-one tuition.

Spend your days building strong legs and thick skin in the hot kitchen.

More about the course

Who is this course for? 

This course is perfect for ambitious and driven individuals who are interested most in hot kitchen and want to get out into the industry as soon as possible, equipped with the abilities and self-confidence they need to succeed.

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Your investment

Professional Cookery

Diploma Fees 

Once you graduate after six months of intense practical study, you are able to begin your career and start earning immediately.

  • Six Month Full-time Diploma Course
  • R 61 000

    per six months
  • Internationally-recognised Highfield UK accredited
  • A cooking practical every academy day
  • Uniform, footwear & knife set
  • All ingredients & equipment
  • 5-star industry experience
  • Employment assistance after graduation
  • Enquire now
Experience SA Chefs Academy
We invite you to come in, tour our facilities and join a class to see first-hand, what it’s like at the SA Chefs Academy before you make your decision to study.
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Professional Pastry Diploma

Course Overview

We believe the best way to become great at something is to practice.

That’s why we offer repetitive training of the basic principles of pastry in an environment of one-on-one tuition.

Duration:
Six Months; Full-time
Intakes:
Mid January & early July
Accreditation:
Highfield UK accreditation
Entry requirements:
NQF Level 2/Grade 10 Required
No. of students:
16 max.
Terms:
Tbc
Graduation:
July & early December

Professional Pastry Diploma

Course Content

Learn the classic French repertoire and spend your days learning how to create perfect patisserie with one-on-one tuition.

More about the course

Who is this course for? 

This course is perfect for ambitious and driven individuals who have a passion for patisserie and want to get out into the industry as soon as possible, equipped with the abilities and self-confidence they need to succeed.

Start your career
Your investment

Professional Pastry Diploma Fees 

Once you graduate after six months of intense practical study, you are able to begin your career and start earning immediately.

  • Six Month Full-time Diploma Course
  • R 61 000

    per six months
  • Internationally-recognised Highfield UK accredited
  • Expert tuition
  • A pastry practical every academy day
  • Uniform, footwear & knife set
  • All ingredients & equipment
  • 5-star industry experience
  • Employment assistance after graduation
  • Enquire now
International & local students welcome
Students from all around South Africa and the world choose to study at the SA Chefs Academy, including students from Germany, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and England. If you are from outside of Cape Town, contact us for more information. 
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Why  Become a chef?

Career Opportunities

What can you do with your culinary accreditation? We believe your options are endless but here are our Top 5 picks:

Run Top Kitchens
Paris, Tokyo, Barcelona, London, New York…work your way up from commis to executive chef in culinary capitals around the globe.

Start Your Own Business        Restaurants, cafes, bistros, delis, catering companies…channel your entrepreneurial spirit and be your own boss.

Travel the World
Work on private yachts and luxury cruise ships and earn dollars as sous chef, chef de partie, first cook or personal chef.

Develop Food Products Woolworths, Checkers, Pick n Pay, Tiger Brands, Pioneer Foods…create the food consumers buy.

Style on Food Shoots TV, film, digital, print…add your creative flair as a food stylist on menu, website, book and ad shoots.

Start your career

Who we are?

About the South African Chefs Academy

While heading up kitchens at hotels and restaurants, SA Chefs Academy founders saw how students and graduates came into the industry without the necessary skills or confidence they needed to succeed. The South African Chefs Academy opened to bridge the gap. Since its 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 teach the classic French repertoire of cookery and believe that the best way for students to learn is through daily practical training.

Meet the SA Chefs Academy Team

Qualified & Experienced Chef Instructors

Our students are equipped with skills and confidence by chefs who have worked and excelled in the industry so that they are ready to enter the real culinary world. Our resident instructors put students through their paces and help them master the fundamentals. Guest chefs from the industry are invited to instruct so that students are kept up to date with what is happening in the industry.

Paul Hartmann
Owner & Hot Kitchen Instructor

Paul qualified as a chef at the Hotel School in Braamfontein. During his career, Paul was part of, and later coached, the South African national culinary team and worked in a number of 5-star hotels including the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Paul first opened the South African Chefs Academy in 2004 and as an avid bread maker also owns Woodstock Bakery.

Jade Benjamin
Pastry & Theory Instructor

Jade earned her professional cookery qualification from Cape Technikon and mastered patisserie at Zevenwacht. She has worked in a number of Protea Hotels as well the Cape Grace Hotel, Grandwest Casino and Zuma in Dubai to name a few.

Hayley Africa
Hot Kitchen & Theory Instructor

Hayley studied cookery and after graduating worked as a chef de partie at Kelvin Grove. She also worked her way up the ranks to sous chef at Grandwest Casino’s Prive Lounge. Hayley found a love for teaching while training staff as a sous chef and now works full time as an instructor.

Achievements

SA Chefs Graduates Successes

Many of our past students have gone on to excel in the industry, running top kitchens and opening their own businesses.

SA Chefs Academy Alumni

Testimonials

I started this restaurant with my business partner Papa San after working with him at Takumi Restaurant after it closed in 2016. As well as owning and operating the restaurant, I work full time in the kitchen. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at SACA, specifically because of the ‘no frills’, rough and tough atmosphere. It prepares you for working in an actual restaurant kitchen. The classes are to the point, teaching real skills needed to start working professionally.

Benjamin Bettendorf

Co-owner Obi Restaurant

The course is great because of its hands-on practical training and covers all the necessary theory. Cooking everyday really sets the tone for what’s to come in your future career. It’s really all about the one-on-one practical training and acutely physical daily cooking that really makes this course more useful than most of the other schools that are theory heavy. It’s a relationship for life not just a school.

 
Ivor Jones

Co-owner and head chef Chef’s Warehouse Beau Constantia

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you assist with employment for graduates?

Yes, we assist in securing employment at a top establishment of choice or similar, using our extensive industry connections. The rest is up to you.

Is this diploma a recognised accreditation?

Yes, the Cookery Diploma is accredited by Highfield UK and recognised by the South African Chefs Association which means that it is internationally recognised and accepted when you travel abroad.

What qualifications do I need in order to apply?

NQF Level 2/Grade 10 Required

How do I apply?

Fill in the contact form at the bottom of this page or contact us directly. We will talk you through the simple enrollment process and supply all the information you need.

When is the cutoff for applications?

We have limited spots available so it’s best to apply early but we do accept late applications when space becomes available. Contact us directly for more information.

How many applicants do you accept?

Each intake has a maximum of 16 students. Each student has their own workstation and our instructors are able to provide an environment of expert one-on-one tuition.

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