What we do

Career choice is never an easy decision to make, and only a few lucky individuals have always known what they wanted to do after leaving school. For the rest of us, half the problem was deciding what to do. To do well in your chosen career you need to like what you are doing, and if you are lucky enough to have a passion for what you do, then you are going to go far.

The 1000 Hills Durban Chef School Principal, Sharmaine Dixon, has an all-abiding love for teaching and together with her passion for food, has been turning students into capable chefs for the past 22 years. She is recognized in the Industry as one of the top educators in the country. She has a degree in education and a master’s degree in food and beverage technology.

The Durban Chef School provides all the ingredients for the duration of the course plus all the notes. The student’s uniforms are washed by the School on a daily basis and returned at the end of each day to the student. The School provides the students with a cooked lunch each day of the course. The City and Guilds International examination fees, of which there are four, will be paid for by the School. The School also pays for the student’s membership fee to the South African Chefs Association.

Pastry Course

Each year The School runs two City and Guilds Pastry Courses.

International Course

We are affiliated to City and Guilds of London and offer their 1 year diploma course. We are a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and are a recognized training provider with the South African Chefs Association.

Overseas Placements

Students that are hard working are placed overseas either in America or Scotland where we have a network of contacts.

Turning students into capable chefs for the past 22 years.