The Hurst Campus

The Hurst Campus

Live Your Dream Career


Start to Live Big and OWN Your Passion

In the Culinary Industry. As a Chef, Baker, Food Stylist or Entrepreneur Restauranteur, Caterer, Wedding and Events Planner

Do You Want a Professional Chef Qualification?

This is what makes us different:

  • We are currently celebrating our 21st anniversary and are conveniently situated in the historic main road of Paarl.
  • You get to join our family – we really care about our students.
  • Be part of a fun kitchen culture with loads of team activities.
  • Be surrounded by experienced Lecturers, Chefs and Mentors who will INSPIRE YOU TO LIVE BIG and be successful.
  • Travel the World – Our graduates work in many countries on every continent and earn salaries in strong currencies.
  • EARN while you learn – our students enjoy supervised, paid internships during their studies.
  • We guarantee to help all graduates find a job.

Your Dream Culinary Career is Just One Easy Step Away!

Globally recognised Chef Certificate and Qualification upon completion.

Commences last week of January of each calendar year.

Qualification and Certification on Offer:

3 Year Occupational Certificate Chef (QCTO)

Year 1: R89 500  |  Year 2: R60 000  |  Year 3: Approximately R60 000 (plus annual escalations).  Facilitated from the last week of January of each calendar year.

  1. A Registered qualification on the South African Qualification Authority Framework (SAQA)
  2. Qualification ID: 101697
  3. NQF Level: 5
  4. Minimum Credits: 554
  5. Quality Assurance: QCTO – The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations
  6. Additional Certificate: The Hurst Campus 3 Year Grande Advanced Food and Wine Service Programme
  7. First Aid Certificate
  8. Fire Fighting Certificate
  9. Food and Beverage Service Professional, Coffee Professional, Wine Professional and Leadership Foundations – certified by Lobster Ink.

Chef Programme Overview

Year 1:

  • Introduction to the Kitchen and the Hospitality and Catering Industry
  • Personal Hygiene and Safety
  • Food Safety and Quality Assurance
  • Coffee Professional Course
  • Introduction to Food and Beverage Service
  • Basic Ingredients
  • Cooking and Baking Methods and Techniques
  • Personal Development as a Chef
  • Cooking and Baking Demonstrations and assessed Practical’s
  • Practical training in our in house facilities which include a bakery, restaurant kitchen, function facility and gaining valuable experience in our bistro style restaurant and front of house operations
  • Deliveries and Storage
  • Computer Literacy
  • Culinary Maths
  • Assessments, Tests, Exams and Individual Feedback Sessions
  • Paid and supervised internship (Work Experience Module: Sept – Jan)

Year 2:

  • Workplace Safety
  • Computer Literacy and Research
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Introduction to Nutrition and Diets
  • Gastronomy 1
  • Kitchen Management
  • Advanced Cooking and Baking Practical’s and Techniques
  • Bakery, Restaurant and Function Production
  • Assessment and examinations

Bonus Hurst Campus Course Material:

  • Global Cuisines
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Advanced Food Theory
  • Wine Professional Course
  • French Culinary Terms
  • First Aid Course
  • Fire Fighting Course
  • Excursions to Wine Farms and Suppliers
  • Food and Wine Pairing
  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Function and Restaurant Experience

Year 3:

  • Paid Internship (Work Experience Module:(Jan – May)
  • Theory of Safety Supervision
  • Gastronomy 2
  • Food Production Supervision
  • Product Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • Commodity Resource Management
  • Operational Cost Control
  • Menu Planning and Recipe Costing

Bonus Hurst Campus Course Material:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Sustainability
  • Advanced Menu Planning
  • Marketing
  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Bar Service
  • Function Co Ordination
  • Restaurant Design
  • Restaurant Event
  • Career Planning

Your Dream Culinary Career is Just One Easy Step Away!

Globally recognised Chef Certificate and Qualification upon completion.

Commences last week of January of each calendar year.

Our qualification will train you for a variety of career outcomes including the exciting mobile lifestyle of a chef or culinary professional!

Our super star alumni talent is found in so many kitchens both here in SA and overseas.   You need to look no further than the award-winning Foliage restaurant in Franschhoek, owned by our very talented Chris Erasmus, visit Saucisse Deli situated at the renowned Woodstock Biscuit Mill & headed up by Amanda Lewis, check out our very Lentswe Bhengu who is a judge on the Great SA Bakeoff or why not jump on a plane and visit Etienne Truter, Executive Chef at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul.

Our qualification combines a solid foundation in classical technique of both cooking and baking.

Great practical experience is gained as you are taught by our experienced Chefs and Front of House Team in our varied training areas which include a dedicated bakery/ pastry kitchen, hands on practical kitchen with fully equipped work stations, our function venue as well as a bistro style student restaurant

You also get to earn while you learn.  Paid internships at a local restaurant or hotel are organized for you.
Extra pocket money can also be earned when working on weekends in our function venue.

The Hurst Campus Accommodation

Our hotel suite on site accommodation is provided for a limited number of first year students. Preference is given to students who live outside of the Western Cape with no immediate family in the area.  Only registered students may apply for onsite accommodation. Alternatively, why not join another one of our family members and share a student flat or house in Paarl or Stellenbosch.

As part of the curriculum each student will be required to complete 2 internship cycles. All students will be personally assisted and placed in the Cape area, including kitchens in Paarl; Franschhoek; Stellenbosch and the City of Cape Town.
This work experience secures future employment opportunities.
3rd year students have the option of working anywhere in South Africa for their final practical.

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Our Guarantee:

“When you graduate from The Hurst Campus, I will secure you full–time employment in the hospitality industry–guaranteed”

– Rebecca Hurst, CEO

  • You will graduate a success and be 100% employable. Now that’s a winning guarantee!
  • Exciting jobs are up for grabs locally and abroad.
  • We assist all graduates with employment opportunities and introductions.
  • Career opportunities include working as a Baker, Pastry Chef, Private Chef, working in 5 Star Hotels, Restaurants, Game Parks, Cruise Liners and introductions to Youth Career opportunities in the USA, UAE and Asia.
  • We want you to be successful and will help make your dreams become a reality.



+27 74 147 080




132 Main Road, Paarl, Western Cape, 7646