Whether you’ve just finished high school or are looking to change your career to pursue becoming a chef, receiving tertiary education is an excellent investment in your future. There are several institutions available which provide high-quality training, however without efficient foundational knowledge, it’s difficult to determine what exactly you need from a school.
As the largest culinary institution in South Africa, we know what students should be looking for when choosing a chef school. In your quest for comprehensive culinary education, we suggest adding these factors to your list:
- Lecture Schedules
Being dedicated to your education takes time. Studying, researching and practical lessons are all part of the journey. Unfortunately, not all students are capable of taking a full-time course, as they might have kids or other daily responsibilities. If this sounds familiar, you may need to opt for a school that has a part-time culinary course or online option. It enables you to study at your own pace whilst still adhering to other commitments.
- Recognised Skills
Having an accredited qualification next to your name implies that the education you received has been authorised by an official body which follows industry standards. This means that when you apply for a job, your future employer will know that you have the foundational knowledge required in order to perform.
- Partnership Prospect
Being associated with a well-known institution can open several other doors and opportunities for you once you graduate. As an example, Capsicum Culinary Studio has a unique partnership with the Swiss Education Group (SEG). If students wish to continue their studies, they can do so in Switzerland using their City & Guilds endorsed qualification.
- Accessible Campuses
As they say in real estate – location, location, location! And, being close to your college means that you can cut down on any additional expenses, such as transport or accommodation. Furthermore, joining an independent institution with more than one branch speaks volumes for its success and growth.
- Industry Placement
Two of the main components of being a successful chef is networking and experience within the trade. Not only does it help you learn faster, but it also enables you to harness and grow your skills. It’s essential to choose a school that aids in placing their students in participating restaurants or hospitality establishments, as part of the curriculum.
- Full Exposure
There’s more to the industry than working in the back of a restaurant. That’s why, when investigating your options, be sure to choose one that incorporates into its programme other avenues in the culinary world.
For instance, Capsicum broadens the minds of students through demos, guest talks and interesting monthly subjects such as sustainable farming, food blogging and even food photography.
- All Inclusive
Just like any trade, when you become a chef, there are several ‘tools’ that are required such as, uniforms and knives. However, choosing the right knife brand or chef clothing might be a bit overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start.
Additionally, with internationally endorsed culinary courses, you’ll sometimes be burdened with hidden costs for items you didn’t even think of, such as exam fees and ingredients.
So, to save yourself the trouble and financial strain, it’s best to choose a chef school that includes all the fees and pieces you need to begin. You’ll be able to breeze through the year with peace of mind.
With all this in mind, we can cut your search short, by telling you that Capsicum Culinary Studio offers all of the above. Follow your passion for cooking and sign up now with the leading culinary school in South Africa.