Professional Cookery Qualification: International Diploma

International Diploma in Food Preparation and Culinary Arts

Two year, full-time course.

This qualification has been developed to provide aspiring chefs with a fundamental grounding in all disciplines relating to the production of top quality cuisine,health and safety measures and the ability to manage a kitchen. The course applies the ethos that “a good chef is only as good as his or her application of the basic cookery methods”.
It brings together elements of food and beverage preparation and service as well as management and is applicable to all sectors of the Hospitality Industry ranging from small restaurants to large-scale hotels. The qualification builds on other certificates and diplomas and provides articulation with Gaming, Travel and other Tourism industries.
A fully functional commercial kitchen has many more challenges to “strut one’s stuff”, therefore training includes much more than just cooking.



The course consists of theory as well as practical components which cover the following topics:

  • The Fundamental Cooking Principles and Methods;
  • Culinary French;
  • Events Management;
  • Understanding Cultural Diversity;
  • Managing Conflict, and Sustaining Effective Communication within a Team;
  • Basic Management and Human Resource Practices;
  • Financial Principles pertaining to Budgets, Food Costing, Wastage, Pilferage and Storage.


The following qualifications/certifications are included:

  • Diploma in Food Preparation and Culinary Arts (City & Guilds Code 8065-02);
  • Award in Food Safety in Catering (City & Guilds Code 7150 -92);
  • Cape Wine Academy Preliminary Wine Course;
  • Basic First Aid certificate.

Junior Membership of the South African Chefs Association is included in the course.



Chef students are placed and monitored at some of the leading hotels, restaurants and conference venues in Pretoria and CHS is proud to have long standing relationships with these establishments. These practical placements ensure that our students are ready for employment upon completion of the course as they have gained invaluable workplace experience.



Our young chef students with the guidance of our experienced chef lecturers, enter a variety of cooking competitions such as the “Goldcrest Young Chef of the year”, the “City and Guilds Skilled Student Challenge”, and the “Nestlé Golden Chefs Hat”, and “McCain Tribute to Good Taste” and more. Participation in these competitions boost the confidence of the young trainee chefs and develops their cooking skills which can be a boost in their cheffing careers.


Would you like to enroll at CHS? View our admission requirements.

Successful enrollment could be your ticket to becoming a Hospitality Professional:


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