There’s been an explosion of youngsters taking to the kitchen and wanting to learn how to cook evidenced by television shows such as MasterChef Junior and local cooking competitions like Taste Bud Battle.

South Africa’s leading culinary school – Capsicum Culinary Studio – has identified a gap in the market and has launched a new course Rookie Chef 2020 aimed at teens aged from 13 to 18.

Youngsters with a passion for food and cooking will learn how to prepare delicious starters, mains and desserts as well as being taught knife skills and kitchen safety.

The three-month course – comprising a three-hour hands-on course each week with the schools’ chef lecturers – costs R8 500 and includes an apron, basic chef’s knife, a kitchen towel, course notes and recipes as well as chef demos, all ingredients and prizes for the star rookie chefs. Those who graduate will be issued with a certificate of completion.

Says Candice Adams, National Academic Manager at Capsicum Culinary Studio: “There are youngsters who already know they want to make food their profession once they have finished school and this will give them a real advantage. Those who just want to increase their skills set will also find the course invaluable.

“Ultimately, though, we believe that it is important to get all children into the kitchen as it provides them with so many essential skills and learning tools for later life.”

Contact Capsicum at one of its six campuses to find out when they will be starting their next course or make a booking at

All Capsicum campuses will be holding a registration day for all their courses on Saturday, February 22.

Capsicum campuses:

  • Boksburg: Unit 6, Bartlett Lake Office Park, Cnr Leith and Trichards Roads, Boksburg
  • Cape Town: 6th Floor, Rex Trueform Office Park, 263 Victoria Rd, Salt River.
  • Durban: 300 Granada Square, 16 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga Rocks.
  • Johannesburg: 3 Keyes Ave, Rosebank.
  • Port Elizabeth: 67 Newton Street, Newton Park.
  • Pretoria: Menlyn Square, Ground Floor, South Building, 134 Aramist Ave, Waterkloof Glen.


About Capsicum Culinary Studio
Capsicum Culinary Studio, part of the ADvTECH Group, is the largest chef school of its kind in South Africa with six campuses throughout the country. In the 16 years since it was first established, Capsicum Culinary Studio has produced more than 5 000 alumni who are now working all over the world and who have established themselves as leaders within various markets. Employers range from boutique establishments to large multi-national hotels and resorts. Others have taken the entrepreneurial route and established their own hospitality-inspired businesses and consultancies. Capsicum has branches in Boksburg, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria which collectively maintain a 95% pass rate. It also has more local and international accreditations and associations than most chef training institutes in the country. Capsicum offers four full-time and part-time City & Guilds recognised courses including the City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking, City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Patisserie, City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking and the Combination Programme in Culinary Arts.
It also has accreditation from The Quality Council for Trades and Occupation and is a member of the World’s Association of Chefs’ Societies. It also has partnerships with the South African Chefs’ Association and the Swiss Education Group. Capsicum Culinary Studiohas this year partnered with the renowned Business & Hotel Management School (BHMS) in Lucerne, Switzerland, which allows for the exchange of teaching and professional experiences between both schools. Students who have successfully completed the three-year Level 6 QCTO Occupational Certificate: Chef at Capsicum will be given direct entry to the final year of the BA degree in Culinary Arts at BHMS. Students who have successfully completed the City & Guilds IVQ Level 2 Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking at Capsicum will be eligible to transfer to the Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts followed by the BA Degree in Culinary Arts at BHMS. For more go

About ADvTECH The ADvTECH Group, a JSE-listed company, is Africa’s largest private education provider and a continental leader in quality education focused on academic excellence, training, skills development and placement services. The Group reports its performance in a segmental structure reflecting the Schools and Tertiary as two separate education divisions, and Resourcing as the third division. It owns nine tertiary brands, across 29 campuses across South Africa and the rest of Africa. Its higher education division, The Independent Institute of Education, is SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education institution. ADvTECH’s Schools division comprises seven brands with 94 schools across South Africa, including Gaborone International School in Botswana and Crawford International in Nairobi, Kenya. Its nine resourcing brands places thousands of candidates annually, assisting graduates to make the transition from the world of study to the world of work.

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