Kick-start your career at a culinary school in Durban which offers internationally endorsed City & Guilds qualifications. Whether you’re looking to become the next Jamie Oliver or specialise in pastry and confectionery, Capsicum Culinary Studio offers a suitable programme to fulfil your chef aspirations.

Professional learning environment

Situated in the resort town of Umhlanga Rocks in the trendy Granada Centre overlooking the Indian Ocean, this campus is designed to inspire passion and creativity. Our goal is to provide our students with a solid foundation of culinary principles allowing them to use their own creativity and passion for their future successes. Therefore, this Durban campus is equipped with:

  • Two Hot and Cold kitchens
  • Theory lecture rooms
  • Student pause area with Wi-Fi access
  • Easy access to public transport
  • Nearby parking areas

Capsicum Culinary Studio’s Durban campus unfortunately does not offer student accommodation. However, we can supply learners with contact details for listing agents who can assist you with renting accommodation in the area.

Leading education

We strive to offer top-quality equipment, fresh ingredients and world-class training facilities. Therefore, our chef school in Durban is fitted with fully functional training kitchens, designed to encourage students to work both individually or as part of a team.

Furthermore, our course fees are all-inclusive, therefore when you arrive for your first lesson, each student is equipped with:

  • Capsicum full chef uniform
  • Safety shoes
  • Full knife set
  • Course notes
  • SACA membership

We are the largest culinary school in Durban and have a team of passionate, industry experts, ready to share their knowledge and expertise with you.

Register with Capsicum Culinary Studio today to embrace your future.


Find Us Here

Suite 300, Granada Square, 16 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga Rocks
South Africa
GPS coordinates: -29.727696, 31.084840

Contact Us

Phone: +27 31 561 1959

  • Dip. = Diploma | Cert. = Certificate

Durban Team


  • Among the many memories, one of my highlights would be working at the stadium during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The whole experience will forever be treasured as we made a mark in South African history. After leaving Capsicum Culinary Studio, I worked at a resort in Florida, USA. That was my first international journey and Capsicum had laid the best foundation I needed to handle that experience. When I came back to South Africa, I started working as a Pastry Chef at the Oyster Box Hotel. I hope to someday soon acquire my Swiss Chocolatiers certification which will help me in opening up my own restaurant with the main focus being desserts. Before I do, I wish to gain as much international experience as possible, which is the reason I will be leaving to work in America.

    Caren Jade Marimuthu
    International Professional Chef Management Diploma: 2011, Durban Campus
  • The best thing I learned at Capsicum was definitely my final practical examination. It taught me to manage my time, which is one of the many key ingredients for a successful chef. I am currently the Head Chef at a 4-star corporate hotel in Johannesburg called All Suite on 14TH. One day I would like to have my own restaurant that brings foods from all over the world on one menu.

    Lloyd Robert Naidoo
    Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts: 2011, Durban Campus
  • The best memory from my studies at Capsicum was definitely when they arranged for us to work at the 2010 World Cup, at the Moses Mabida Stadium. After working in the industry as Head Chef, I came back to Capsicum as a lecturer. Education is my new passion, and I would like to one day have my own catering school positioned in a rural area, maybe even start a social development programme within a community, educating young underprivileged individuals on food and how to become a chef. Our happiest time in the day is when we are eating, I love being a part of people’s lives when they are at their happiest. Food brings people together and creates an atmosphere like no other.

    Afzal Mohammed
    Combination Programme in Culinary Arts: 2011, Durban Campus