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The Hurst Campus 3 Year Advanced Programme in Culinary Arts and Food & Beverage Service


If you’re looking for the best professional chef qualification, look no further than Hurst Culinary School. Join the Hurst family and let us become your home away from home. Prepare yourself for a world class education and a lot of fun. While at Hurst, you’ll be cared for and our true value will be delivered in the quality of your overall campus experience and how belonging to our family will make you feel. We are known for changing our student’s lives and inspiring greatness.

You will be taught by our experienced team of chefs, lecturers and mentors who will monitor and aid your learning every step of the way, inspiring you to live big and be successful. While you’re at Hurst you can earn while you learn – our students enjoy supervised, paid internships during their studies.

Travel the world with Hurst:  our graduates get to work in many countries on every continent and earn salaries in strong currencies. Most importantly, walk away from Hurst straight into a job. At Hurst, we guarantee all of our graduates a job.

Your dream culinary career is one step away

Our Qualifications

  • 3 Year Occupational Certificate Chef (QCTO)
  • The Hurst Campus 3 Year Advanced Programme in Culinary Arts and Food & Beverage Service
  • Qualification issued by: QCTO NQF Level 5 Occupational Trade Certificate Chef 343401100
  • Recognized by The Department of Higher Education
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Fire Fighting Certificate

The face of cheffing and service delivery in South Africa is now in a new, exciting and evolving stage since the Quality Council of Trade and Occupation (QCTO) have found fit to list and certify Cheffing as a Trade. This qualification is recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Visit the QCTO website to download the modules included in our curriculum.

Chef Programme Overview

All classes and practical’s will be conducted from Monday to Friday

Classes will be scheduled between 07h30 and 15h30 unless you are in the bakery where you will have an earlier start.

Year 1

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  • Introduction to the kitchen and the hospitality and catering industry
  • Basic ingredients
  • Food preparation methods and techniques
  • Food cooking methods and techniques 
  • Preparing, cooking and finishing dishes 
  • Introduction to the kitchen and the hospitality and catering services 
  • Starters
  • Eggs
  • Soups
  • Bakery
  • Meat
  • Desserts
  • Equipment
  • Smalls in prep
  • Potatoes
  • Vegetables, Pulses & Fruits
  • Sauces
  • Stock
  • Introduction to Food and Beverage
  • Beverage Product Knowledge
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cocoa
  • Faulty Equipment
  • Cold Beverages
  • Barista Training
  • Practical Cooking and Baking Methods and Techniques
  • Personal Development as a Cook
  • Cooking and Baking Demonstrations and assessed Practical’s
  • Practical training in our in house facilities which include Production Bakery, and Restaurant
  • Kitchen, Restaurant and Deli Service
  • Deliveries and Storage
  • Assessments, Tests, Exams and Individual Feedback Sessions

Students will be placed in a paid and supervised internship position.

  • Principles of personal hygiene  
  • Theory and concepts of professional behaviour and professional appearance 
  • Principles of personal safety 
  • Theory and concepts of foodborne illnesses, direct contamination and cross-contamination 
  • Principles of preparing, defrosting, cooking, holding, cooling and serving food safely
  • Principles of food safety management systems 
  • Theory and concepts of identifying and controlling hazards and the principles of risk assessment in the workplace
  • Theory and concepts of maintaining a healthy and safe workplace
  • Basic principles of firefighting, first aid and emergencies 
  • Principles of computer literacy  
  • Principles of research
  • Principles of numeracy and using a calculator 
  • Principles of units of measurement 
  • Principles of weighing and measuring
  • Principles of conversions

Year 2

hurst culinary chef school kitchen students
  • Basic ingredients
  • Food preparation methods and techniques
  • Food cooking methods and techniques 
  • Preparing, cooking and finishing dishes
  • Practical Gastronomy: Food History
  • Cold Larder & Farinaceous.
  • Advanced soups, sauces & dressings.
  • Advanced vegetables & vegetarian dishes.
  • Meat
  • Poultry & Game
  • Fish and Shellfish
  • Producing pastry & patisserie items
  • Producing dough & fermented products
  • Hot, cold & frozen desserts
  • Cakes, sponges & petite fours
  • Chocolate
  • Sugar, marzipan & decorative items
  • Food innovation: New ingredients, techniques, & product development
  • Prepare, cook & finish healthier dishes
  • Chefs of the World
  • Theory and concepts of food production systems 
  • Theory and concepts of interpreting menus for food production
  • Principles of planning and preparing menus 
  • Theory and concepts of food cost and selling price calculations 
  • Principles of basic nutrition 
  • Principles of balanced diets and special dietary requirements 
  • The impact of diet on health and wellness 
  • The impact of food preparation and cooking on the nutritional content of food
  • Health & Safety
  • Beverage Product Knowledge
  • Menu Knowledge & Design
  • Handling Payments
  • Services
  • Practical Assessments
  • Introduction to F&B Industry
  • Menus
  • Beverage Product Knowledge 
  • Beverage Service Procedure 
  • Coffees of the World/ Arabica vs Robusta Ancillary Section 
  • Styles of Food Service
  • Cover & Accompaniments for Selected dishes
  • French Culinary Terms
  • Preparing the Restaurant before and after service  procedures
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch & Afternoon Tea
  • Room Service.
  • Gueridon Service
  • Beverages & Tobacco
  • Bar Operations and Control the Cellar
  • Events
  • Marketing and the menu
  • Wine Course
  • First Aid Course
  • Fire Fighting Course
  • Assessments, Exams and individual feedback sessions
  • Practical and demonstration classes
  • In-house practical rotations
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Communication Techniques
  • Leaders, Bosses and Managers
  • Self Development
  • Successful Mindset
  • Suggesred reading
  • Networking Opportunities during outings
  • Industry Specialists
  • Guest Speakers
  • Concept of gastronomy 
  • Basic scientific principles within the cooking environment
  • Concept of flavour dynamics and flavour development
  • Global cuisines and international culinary styles 
  • Wine course
  • First aid certificate Level 1
  • Fire fighting certificate
  • Barista training
  • Entrepreneurship 1
  • French culinary terms
  • Supervised outings and industry introductions

Year 3

Paid internship at a restaurant/hotel
  • Financial concepts associated with the hospitality and catering industry  
  • Principles of basic profitability calculations used in catering operations 
  • Principles of operational cost savings  
  • Principles of Stock Control 
  • Theory and concepts of asset registers and audit of equipment 
  • Theories and Concepts of personal hygiene and safety management 
  • Theories and Concepts of food safety management 
  • Theories and Concepts of workplace safety management
  • Concepts of Environmental Conservation and Protection  
  • Environmental impact on cooking 
  • Environmental considerations around Fishing and Wildlife Environmental considerations around Crop Farming 
  • Environmental considerations around Animal husbandry
  • Restaurant Design
  • Restaurant Event
  • Function Planning
  • In-house Supervisory Practical Rotations
  • Career Planning
  • Theory of staff resource management
  • Principles of managing production facility resources 
  • Theory of commodity resource management

Globally Recognized Vocational Qualification as a Chef on completion.

Commences last week of January and June of each calendar year.

Chef Internships

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Experience the Winelands

At Hurst we believe that a practical education will best prepare you for industry. As such, we require all students to complete two internship cycles as a pre-requisite for graduation. 

We assist all our students in securing internships, and as a first and second year you will be placed in either Cape town, Franschhoek, Paarl or Stellenbosch. Third year students have the option to be placed anywhere in the country. Not only will these internships give you invaluable experience but it will also give you relationships which will assist you in securing future employment opportunities.

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