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Warwick Chef School

Established 1991

The School


In 1991, Kevin Warwick opened the doors of Warwick's Chef School, in Onrust River, near Hermanus in the Western Cape.

The school's aim is to prepare young and upcoming chefs for the fast-growing hospitality industry by making them competent and confident in the basics of the French Classic Cuisine and contemporary style of cooking.

Two six-months full-time courses are run annually, from January - June and from July - December. The course is aimed at young enthusiastic people with a passion for fine cuisine and who are serious about pursuing a career as a chef, whether in a restaurant, guest house, hotel or doing industrial-style catering.

With Kevin Warwick as principal, supported by his 3 full-time and 7 part-time lecturers, personal attention is definitely guaranteed for the up to 24 students (in 2 classes of 12) who are accepted for each course.

Warwick'S Chef School is an approved centre for the City & Guilds international qualification FOOD PREPARATION & CULINARY ARTS which is part of our course. It is also an approved examination centre.

The difference between the training at Warwick's and that of many other institutions, is that the school prepares students for the industry in a realistic, industry related working kitchen, environment, as well as in our lab. training kitchen.

Every six weeks the students are tested to monitor their progress, and on-going assessments are done by each of the instructors. Two 3-hour theoretical examinations and three practical examination sessions are conducted at the end of the course. A further examination is written for City and Guilds.

A formal graduation ceremony is held at the conclusion of each course where successful graduates receive a commis chef diploma.

A commis is a qualified, junior chef.  It is up to each individual graduate to determine the pace at which he or she will climb the ladder in the kitchen brigades of this industry.

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