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    City and Guilds requires candidates to have a minimum of a grade 10.


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Let us help you pursue your culinary dreams

As one of SA’s leading culinary schools, our family-run establishment has produced some of the world’s finest chefs. When you enrol at 1000 Hills Chef School, you aren’t just signing up for a chef course – you’re joining our family. We provide a nurturing, well-equipped environment, staffed with dedicated, passionate and qualified lecturing chefs to guide you on your journey towards a fulfilling career in food anywhere around the globe.

Professional International Chef Course

Go from home cook to professional chef in two years with our all-inclusive chef course providing culinary training that is true to industry.

On completing first year, you will achieve a strong foundation in your culinary career and earn three internationally recognised City & Guilds Diplomas – Culinary Arts Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking, Patisserie Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking, and Diploma in Food and Beverage service.

Following first year, the second year advanced programme builds on your culinary foundation, offering you a deeper understanding of the management skills required in running and owning an eatery with the Advanced Diploma in Food Preparation and Supervision; and incorporates advanced cooking and pastry techniques with the Advanced Course in French Patisserie. As a second year student, you will also complete specialist artisanal courses in cheese, charcuterie, beer, wine, coffee, sushi and sugarcraft. We also encourage you to enter local and international competitions during and after your time with us, furthering your opportunities to learn from fellow chefs.

We pride ourselves on:

  • Exceptional, hands-on training and small classes hosting a maximum of twelve students
  • Award-winning, passionate lecturers
  • Internationally accredited diploma courses
  • Fantastic facilities for real-world experience, including restaurant, craft brewery and “Yes Chef” deli
  • Beautiful campus with on-site accommodation, less than 40km from Durban
  • Balanced student life with regular student socials and team sports