A Culinary Career
WHAT CAN MY DIPLOMAS DO FOR ME?
Here at 1000 Hills Chefs School we are always very excited when our new enrolment of students arrive. Is there a Gordon Ramsey or perhaps a Luke Dale Roberts among this new batch? Or for that matter a Jade van der Spuy, Richard Ellis, Kevin Bonus, Christie Guthrie, Hayden Botha, Christo Pretorius, Chris Brayshay, or Kirsten Shaw to mention but a few of our high achievers from past years.
That is what your diplomas can do for you. The training offered at our school is of the highest standard, comparable to the world’s leading chef schools. All you need is the will and the right attitude to succeed in this career.
You can work as a chef in South Africa OR internationally in a diverse range of jobs – the options are endless:
- boutique restaurants and lodges
- 5 star hotels
- cruise liners or luxury yachts
- corporate and events catering
- your own hospitality related business such as a food truck
- coffee shop or bakery
- artisanal food café or brewery
That is what is exciting about training to be a chef. Your diploma can take you in whatever direction you choose, with great rewards if you are prepared to put in the effort.
In South Africa, properly trained chefs are listed as “In Demand” by the National Department of Tourism, and this is a career skill that shows a marked growth trend all over the world. If you are looking for a career that encourages your creativity, offers lifetime learning and growth and allows you the opportunity to work anywhere in the world, then consider our international qualifications.
- Some of our successful graduates include:
- Jade van der Spuy – South Africa’s Senior Chef of the Year, 2015 and Senior Lecturer 1000 Hills Chefs School, Class of 2008
- Kevin Bonus – senior sous chef at Marcus Eaves’ Pied a Terre, 2 star Michelin restaurant in London, Class of 2007
- Christie Guthrie – sous pastry chef at Yauatcha, 2 star Michelin restaurant London, Class of 2008
- Hayden Botha – head chef, London, Class of 2008
- Christo Pretorius – executive head chef 12 Apostles hotel Cape Town, Class of 2008
- Chris Brayshay – senior sous chef, Yorke Arms 1 star Michelin restaurant, UK; Scottish Rising Young Chef of the year 2011, Class of 2007
- Kirsten Shaw – 1 star Michelin restaurant France, Class of 2012
- Damien Dafel – sous chef at Foxcroft (SA’s new restaurant of the year 2016), Class of 2014
- Melissa Chrystal – entrepreneur and owner of Chrystals Mobi-Gourmet, Class of 2015
- Dustin Hammond – head chef 5 star Nambiti Hills Lodge, Class of 2015
- Class of 2015 – 12 overseas internships with Ritz Carlton Hotel Group (USA, UK)
- Richard Ellis – Chef of the Year – Canapes winner, 2015 and Junior Chef of the Year 2016, interning at Yauatcha, London in 2017, Class of 2016
- Aaron Subroyal – Second place, Junior Chef of the Year 2016, interning in USA in 2017, Class of 2016
- Amerae Vercueil – Third place, Junior Chef of the Year 2016, Food Editor at Highbury Safika Media and blogger (Ameroozle), Class of 2015