Coronation Court, Maitland, Cape Town +27 82 337 6240

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Our Philosophy

At the Sense of Taste Chef School, we take pride in teaching and encouraging our students in the following concepts:
  • Classical cookery using correct established techniques.
  • A keen understanding and respect for quality ingredients and local produce.
  • An ethos of sustainability and ecologically responsible thinking: We grow our own herbs in our little urban garden; manage our water consumption responsibly and recycle all our waste.
  • Keeping up-to-date with contemporary foodie ideas; new trends and current eateries.
  • Social responsibility: As part of our curriculum, our students are involved in making food for 1500 people in need each week in our local communities.
  • Teamwork, communication and self-discipline is key in our teaching
  • We encourage individuality and self-expression.


Under the expert guidance of

Chef Peter Ayub

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Chef Peter is actively involved in the hospitality industry and has spent his career working in hotels, restaurants, and commercial kitchens both locally and internationally. Quite a number of these establishments, he has owned in partnership with other like-minded individuals.


Alongside Chef Peter, is Sous Chef Byron Thebus and the Principal Debs Ayub.
Chefs Peter and Byron together with Principal Debs will teach the students everything they need to know about the Food and Hospitality Industry. All three are passionate about sharing their exceptional 35 years of knowledge in the Food and Hospitality Industry.


When the opportunity arises, Chef Peter loves to spend time in other kitchens around the world to learn and share with other Chefs…Istanbul, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Las Vegas, Moscow stand out for him as some of the best spots that he has had the privilege of cooking in!

The Sense of Taste Chef School is Chef Peter’s key and primary focus, although he has many requests to do exclusive events, he no longer does these. His passion for teaching and developing culinary minds, is what drives and motivates him. And what he loves to do!

Chef Peter also appears regularly as a guest chef on The Expresso Morning Show on SABC 3 as well as on Radio Stations including KFM Radio, Good Hope FM Radio and The Voice of The Cape Radio, Two Oceans Vibe Radio, Hashtag Radio. He has also been a guest chef on Top Billing and Pasella. Together with VIA TV (Channel 147) – he was the Programme Chef for TV series Die Eet Oorlog.

The Sense of Taste Cookbook was published 5 years, and is available at all major bookshops, as well as online.

Chef Peter has had the privilege to cook for Ruby Wax, Jamie Foxx, Dr Mamphela Aletta Ramphele, The English Cricket Team, Beyoncé & Jay-Z as well Kim & Khloe Kardashian. A huge honour was to personally prepare the favourite meal (oxtail) of Former President, Nelson Mandela during the opening of the Nelson Mandela Gateway in V&A Waterfront. Visit Chef Peter’s website here to find our more information

Our Setting

We have created a large and professionally equipped industrial kitchen with all the up-to-date equipment required of a modern kitchen. Our premises are positioned across the entire first floor of a safe and secure building complex, which affords us a rare view of beautiful Table Mountain. Our theory lessons, exams and tests are conducted in a separate classroom space, which is attached to our office within the same complex.

This constructs a setting which is the most similar to a professional operational environment and sets our students up perfectly, for the reality of working life.

We are accredited by the Dept. of Higher Education and Training, QCTO and Highfield International

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“As a student in the Culinary Arts, I am beyond grateful to have found the Sense of Taste Chef School with the renowned Chef Peter Ayub. The knowledge that Chef Peter, Chef Byron and Debs share with us daily is incredible. At the Sense of Taste Chef School each student’s skill is developed to the best of the student’s abilities, focusing on the strengths of each student. The students are prepared for the Food Industry, and we can follow our passion and journey, armed with valuable skills that we are taught. I am sincerely proud to have been a student of the Sense of Taste Chef School and highly recommend this chef school, it was truly the best 2 years I have experienced”


Joni Dames (student from Namibia)
– Joni is now working at a 5-star Boutique Guest Lodge in New Zealand

Our Restaurant

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