How to enrol

You must be between the ages of 16 – 28 and have a clear passion for food. It is preferable to have at least a Grade 10 certificate, and you must be able to communicate clearly in English. Students are only accepted after a personal interview, so apply as soon as possible to start the process.

Our acceptance process involves an interview with our Principal, Chef Jade Benians. A graduate of 1000 Hills Chef School herself, she holds numerous culinary awards and worked in Australia and Scotland after qualifying. She joined us in 2010 and her passion for food matches her love for teaching young people the culinary arts. Chef Jade leads a team of Chef Lecturers that are skilled experts in their culinary area, and they are equally passionate about sharing their love of food and the creative art of cooking with students.

Both the learner and parents or guardians must attend the interview. These can be arranged from Wednesday to Sunday by appointment. Please contact us at info@thechefschool.com if you have any further questions and to arrange an interview date.

Foreign Students

More info coming soon…

Student Loans

Please apply to a registered financial institution for a loan, but remember that you will need to go through our registration process and receive an offer letter that you need to take to the bank.

Loans are provided via an external company and parents of successful applicants will need:

Not to be under debt review

Have a combined monthly income in excess of R24 000

Other loan repayments in place are factored into the above value

Provide payslips as proof of income and 3-month bank statements

Loans are structured over 24 months for 1-year courses and 48 months for 2-year courses


We do not offer bursaries for our foundation programme. We have been very fortunate to have the support of sponsors who are willing to fund the Advanced Diploma studies of a few students, however, this is not always guaranteed. Several students have been able to secure student loans to study at 1000 Hills Chef School. The course is highly practical, and this makes graduates instantly employable. Our excellent reputation in industry helps our chefs to secure top-notch positions, which means banks are able to be paid back by working graduates.