The Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) – South Africa’s best culinary training facility – is located in the breathtaking Stellenbosch valley of Banhoek. This world-class chef school is known as a prominent Stellenbosch establishment, having been a valued part of the Winelands culinary community for over 25 years.
With the focus on intensive training through an average lecturer-to-student ratio of 1:6, the ICA upholds a simple philosophy of training excellence in all aspects of the culinary arts, providing an unwavering education ground for upcoming chefs of international standard.
Chef students attend theory and practical classes at the beautiful campus, surrounded by vineyards and mountains, boasting its own organic vegetable and herb gardens and orchards that are at the forefront of the school’s vision on cultivating and operating with sustainable resources.
In keeping with our social ethos, the ICA remains committed to the upliftment of the greater Stellenbosch community. Since the school’s inception 25 years ago, the ICA has been partnering with local organisations with the consistent aim to support and feed those in need and providing important skills development programmes in conjunction with our sister campus, Stellemploy.
Having been awarded the international City & Guilds title of Best Culinary School in Africa and one of the three best schools in the world, the ICA yet again rose head and shoulders above the rest very recently in May 2021, when we received a second award for Best Culinary School in Africa from the coveted Chef’s Pencil magazine.
To top it all, at the beginning of the year the ICA was nominated as a contender for Africa’s Best Culinary Training Institution in the inaugural World Culinary Awards, a global initiative to recognise and reward culinary excellence.
This nomination came as a complete surprise, but adding this highly respected recognition the ICA’s extensive list of accolades, is testimony to its constant strive for the highest level of training.
Awarded the title of Best in Africa twice as well as being nominated for another international award, the ICA celebrates our unique training vision and mission – to cultivate chefs who breathe innovation and inspiration into the culinary world, trained on a world-class level to compete on the international culinary stage.
Despite the fact that the past year has been extremely difficult with many Covid-19 related challenges to overcome, ICA students have received unwavering tuition and training throughout, enabling unprecedented success.. 2020 World Culinary Awards – Best Culinary Training Institution Nominee.. South African Avocado Growers’ Association (Saaga) 2020. Avo Culinary Student Competition – Winner: Best Culinary School. South African Avocado Growers’ Association (Saaga) 2020. Avo Culinary Student Competition – 2nd Place Winner – ICA 3rd Year Student Vicci Vierbergen. Alessandro Narducci International Cuisine Award Winner of African Contingency – ICA Chef Lecturer Initza Pretorius. City & Guilds International Examinations 2020. 100% Pass Rate with either Merit or Distinction
Furthermore, the ICA proudly carries two international gold medal awards for training excellence from City & Guilds Centre as a Centre of Excellence and a Medal for Excellence for ICA head of faculty and senior pâtisserie lecturer, Merizle Mitrovich.
Leading this award-winning school in Stellenbosch, is ICA founder and principal, Letitia Prinsloo, who was the recipient of the esteemed Eat Out Lifetime Achiever Award for her groundbreaking work on the culinary training front.
The ICA continues to cultivate in our students, the character traits that will ensure a successful career.
Paired with intensive theoretical and practical culinary training that is rooted in science and expressed as an art form, honing a temperament of patience, precision and perseverance will ultimately lead to perfection.
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