I graduated in 2012 with flying colours. In fact, our whole year did. It’s true that 1000 Hills Chef School is one of, if not the highest achieving culinary school in South Africa. Looking back now, with 6 years in the industry, every piece of advice, every skill set we were taught, has contributed to the able professional I am today. The beauty of the chef school (apart from the stunning location), is its hands-on view of cooking. We are given all the tools we need to walk into a professional kitchen at the end of our stay and be proactive.
No matter what your skill level, your prior academic achievements, or even your goal when graduation comes, each student is prepared for their future. The extramural work placements, the competitions, the total immersion into hospitality every weekend at the school restaurant and the Fine Dining tasting menus every month keeps you busy, inspired and driven. Chef Jade and her lecturers are pragmatic, exceedingly able, and thoroughly motivated; they are also, despite their allure, very approachable, understanding individuals.