Sense of Taste Chef School
Sense of Taste Chef School

Professional Full-time Chef Training Courses

At the Sense of Taste Chef School, we offer 3 full time courses. We train our students in classic skills, coupled with real industry experience; forward thinking and an absolute passion for food and cooking. Be one of the select students to receive the necessary individual attention in a focused group with world-class guidance in perfecting culinary art from chefs Peter and Angie.

What makes Sense of Taste Chef School the best choice for your culinary education?

  • Our Full-Time courses include daily practical lessons – which means a lot of cooking!
  • Our classes are focused on individual attention and personalized instruction.
  • Our lecturers, Chef Angie and Chef Peter are also the owners and professional chefs. As well as being formally trained and qualified, our lecturers also have real and extensive industry experience, which means they are able to add valuable knowledge based on what they’ve learned over the years.
  • Both Chef Angie and Chef Peter are still actively involved in the hospitality industry, which allows them to remain current regarding trends, information and networking. We also involve our students, where possible, so that they can observe first- hand how functions are executed.
  • Our kitchen facilities are in line with a professional kitchen set up, so that our students are better equipped to manage the real-life experience.
  • Our students are assigned weekly duties in order to teach them the value of planning, team work and a discipline of hard work, which is aligned to the real life industry.
  • We arrange interesting guest speakers and informative outings, so that we can expose our students to a wide range of culinary experiences and products.
  • On the Diploma course, the second year consists of in-service training and is designed to send our students into working kitchens to be guided by professional chefs in their environment. It is vital to cement the knowledge we've imparted, by ensuring our students are exposed to real industry training. We also believe in ensuring our students' training is executed responsibly, so we monitor this practical period very closely.
  • We only work with high-end establishments when placing our students into their In-Service practical periods. Examples include: The Westin Hotel; Dear Me Restaurant; Aubergine Restaurant; Jordan Restaurant; Joostenberg Bistro; The Pot Luck Club…to name but a few
Sense of Taste Chef School

Our courses

Sense of Taste Chef School

6-month Introductory Certificate in Classical Cookery


This full-time ( Monday – Friday) course runs for 6 months annually from January to June and covers our semester 1 course syllabus. Practical and theoretical training is completed at our kitchens under the expert guidance of our chefs. This course is designed to give the participant a basic understanding and appreciation of classical cookery techniques and methods. It is aimed at inspiring and giving a formality to those who wish to add value to existing hospitality-based careers or to start their own food careers, as well as young students who are not entirely sure if this is the right career path to choose yet.

The course is also the entry level requirement to apply for the Advanced Certificate course. (Applications to apply for the Certificate Course close on the 1st May annually.)

This course will add value to existing culinary careers such as:

  • Food styling and food blogging; Food photography
  • Recipe development
  • On-line publications, magazines and other media jobs within the food service area
  • Commercial catering and food service
  • Existing owners of franchises or restaurants who have no previous cooking or food experience

Minimum entrance requirements

  • Grade 10 National Certificate
  • Students must be 16 years old

Course length: 6 months (January to June)

  • Full-time theory and practical classes at the Sense of Taste Chef School kitchens in Maitland.
  • Students are presented with the opportunity to assist with functions from time to time in order to further their practical hands on training and understanding of the industry
Sense of Taste Chef School

1-Year Advanced Certificate in Classical Cookery; Patisserie and Wine appreciation


This full-time ( Monday – Friday) course runs for 1 year and covers all aspects of classical food preparation; cooking techniques and methods. We also focus heavily on Patisserie and complete a South African Wine course. Our Advanced certificate students complete the first year of practical and theoretical training, covering both the level 1 and level 2 course syllabus, at our kitchens under the expert guidance of our chefs.

This course offers the platform from which our graduates can enter and thrive in a professional kitchen or diversify into other food-related industries. The certificate course is also the entry level requirement to continue with the Diploma course.

Minimum entrance requirements

  • Grade 10 National Certificate
  • Students must be turning 18 years old within the year

Course length: 1 Year

  • Full-time theory and practical classes at the Sense of Taste Chef School kitchens in Maitland.
  • Students are presented with the opportunity to assist with functions from time to time in order to further their practical hands on training and understanding of the industry.
Sense of Taste Chef School

2-year Diploma: Professional Chef


This course runs for 2 years and covers all aspects of classical food preparation; cooking methods; kitchen management, restaurant service; patisserie; wine appreciation and the culinary arts in greater detail. During the first year students train and cook daily in our professional kitchen under the expert guidance of our chefs (see Advanced Certificate info).

During the second year, students enter the professional working environment and complete 2 practical in-service blocks at 2 different industry establishments in order to cement their knowledge and skills. These in-service practical periods are arranged and managed by the Sense of Taste Chef School. This course offers valuable industry networking and is the platform from which our graduates can thrive in professional kitchens, both locally and internationally.

Minimum entrance requirements

  • Sense of Taste Chef School Advanced Certificate in Classical Cookery; Patisserie and Wine appreciation
  • Students must be 18 years old

Course length - 2 Years

1st Year

  • Full-time theory and practical classes at the Sense of Taste Chef School kitchens in Maitland, Cape Town.
  • Students are presented with the opportunity to assist with functions from time to time in order to further their practical hands on training and understanding of the industry

2nd Year

  • Full time In-service training at industry establishments – consisting of 2x 6-month sessions at 2 different establishments. All placements are arranged and monitored by the Sense of Taste Chef School.
  • You will be required to either have your own transport (valid drivers’ licence required) or have suitable alternative transport arrangements.
  • Basic payment for transport will be paid by the establishment.
  • Mondays are spent back at the school for feedback and theory and practical lessons.
Sense of Taste Chef School