‘Cheffing is not a job, it’s a way of life’ – Kevin Warwick
Warwick’s Chef School
Celebrating 27 Years of Training Excellence!
The Warwick’s professional chef training course is aimed at enthusiastic people with a passion for fine cuisine, who are serious about pursuing a career as a chef, whether in a restaurant, guest house, hotel, cruise liner, yacht or industrial style catering.
Warwick’s is one of the oldest running chef training schools in South Africa with 27 years of training excellence behind their name.
In 1991, Kevin Warwick opened the doors of the Warwick’s Chef School, in Hermanus (approximately 120 km outside Cape Town, on the Garden Route side) and today, it is still recognized as one of the forerunners of culinary training in our country.
Warwick’s Chef School is situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde Village and has given hundreds of students the first stepping stone to successful careers in the hospitality industry.
Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be confident and competent in the chemistry of French Classic Cuisine, embracing the modern food trends and contemporary style cooking.
The course is structured so that the students get enough hands-on experience on a daily basis through theory and practical lessons, conducted in the school’s fully equipped training kitchen, pastry kitchen and function outlet.
Principal Kevin Warwick is supported by his full time and part time instructors and assessors who share his passion for training students for the hospitality industry with a firm belief in the ‘hands-on’ approach to tutoring, making sure that students receive daily practical training in a safe and secure learning environment.
How to get to Warwick’s Chef Training School Hermanus
We are situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde Village Centre in Sandbaai, just before Hermanus in the Western Cape.
On our Contact Page, we have a Google Map that can give you directions, or take the N2 from Cape Town/Airport, then take the R43 off-ramp to Hermanus.
Should you be flying down to Cape Town International airport, then you could make use of one of the shuttle services that we recommend to bring you to Hermanus:
Proper Trips 082 990 2002
Splash Shuttle Service 028 316 4004
Bernardus Transfers 083 658 7848 / 028 316 1093
Hermanus & Local Accommodation no Problem
Students who enrol receive a list of available accommodation in the area.
The comfortably furnished garden flats, cottages and rooms are all within 1 – 3 kilometre range from the school. These flats are all in the nearby neighbourhoods of Sandbaai, Onrus & Vermont.
There are also some accommodation options to share, with more than one room in a cottage.
Budget around R 2 500.00 – R 4 500.00 per month for your accommodation in the area.
Arrangements for viewing and booking of the accommodation can be made directly with the different
All the necessary shops/laundromats /petrol stations and restaurants are in close proximity to the accommodation units.
Student Life in Hermanus
The Hermanus area is well known for it’s wonderful beaches, whale watching, many different recreational and adventure activities and the fantastic Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Route.
Students also enjoy the vibey evening life and many festivals hosted in the town.
Hermanus is a 5 minute drive from the student accommodation suburbs.
Most students have cars/bikes/motorbikes while they are on course. Those without transport quickly fall in with a student lift club.
Realistic Chef Training and what Warwick’s is all About
What sets Warwick’s Chef School apart from the rest is that we have set our school up to simulate a real life hospitality environment. Students receive intensive individual training in our lab kitchen on a daily basis, but are also exposed to bulk catering and the pressures for real weddings, function & conference catering in our on-site restaurant and function venue, The Class Room.
We thus do not operate with the usual Monday to Friday school schedule approach, but rather get the students into the routine of training over weekends, as will be the norm when they are employed as chefs.
All function catering and training is done under the watchful eyes of our experienced instructors in all the sections for the kitchen including larder, hot kitchen and the pastry section.
This is How We Roll For Warwick’s Chef Training School
Warwick’s Chef School is an approved QCTO (Quality Council of Trades and Occupations) training centre to offer the National Occupational Certificate: Chef, as well as an approved training centre to offer the City & Guilds International qualifications.
The school is also a training provider for the South African Chef’s Association.
Principal Kevin Warwick is a member of the Academy of Chefs, an honour society of the South African Chefs Association, recognising the achievements & dedication of it’s members.
The school is proud to have many graduates working in some of the finest establishments in the country, as well as many who have succeeded in this industry abroad.
Students build their careers in all aspects for the hospitality industry, including: restaurants / hotels / guest houses / game lodges / catering companies / cruise liners / yachts / industrial catering etc.
As each field is suited to specific students, Warwick’s help to guide graduates in the right direction to build a career path by gaining the right experience along their journey through the culinary industry.
We value a high level of professional pride. Each member of our team of tutors is an expert in their own field and are eager to share their knowledge and expertise to mould young and upcoming chefs.
We believe in teaching our students to work with accuracy while under pressure on a daily basis when doing practical training and gaining experience at the school’s restaurant & function venue.
This helps prepare the students for the internship period that they complete in the industry during the latter part of the diploma course.
We encourage our students to be creative during their practical sessions and experiment with different
techniques and trends.
Our aim is to guide our students to have a solid knowledge of the ‘cheffing’ field and to equip them with a wide range of perfected skills to ensure their success in the hospitality industry.
As part of the curriculum, students are placed in the industry at different establishments during their 3 year
The school is affiliated with many top restaurants and hotels in the surrounding areas and students have the opportunity to be mentored by successful chefs who share the school’s passion for training.
All students enjoy supervised paid internships during their studies.
This work experience secures employment opportunities and references for our graduates.
After the Course
When graduating from Warwick’s, you will be industry ready and fully employable.
With such a need for qualified chefs, our students have no trouble finding employment after their course.
The school also has a good relationship with many recruitment agencies and even a cruise liner company who assist our students in finding suitable positions.
We are proud of all our students who work successfully in all the different sections of the hospitality industry and many of them have their own successful restaurant and catering businesses.
With a love for the culinary arts, cheffing is not a job… it’s a way of life!