March 1, 2021

Study the Fine Art of Culinary at the ICA

Located in the breathtaking Banhoek Valley just outside of Stellenbosch, the ICA is an award-winning training ground for highly skilled world-class chefs.

Internationally rated as the BEST chef school in Africa and one of the top three in the world, our comprehensive and specialised training is based on classic gastronomic principles, coupled with innovative thinking and creative flair.

The ICA’s training ethos focusses on individual attention with an average lecturer-to-student ratio of 1:6.

Courses on Offer

3 Year Diploma: Advanced Culinary Arts, Advanced Pâtisserie & Specialist Culinary Field

ICA’s flagship 3-year programme equips students with comprehensive credentials, encompassing full chefs qualifications, including advanced cooking and advanced pâtisserie and a chosen specialist culinary field.

The ICA is the only culinary institution offering additional career options within the hospitality industry. Specialist Culinary Field options include Media Communication, Product Development and Professional Wine Studies & Event Coördination. Employment opportunities are both extensive and inspiring, with career paths leading to product development for global companies, food stylists, writers and editors for high-end publications, occupations in the thrilling world of television as well as sommeliers in top SA restaurants and international Michelin-starred establishments.


  • ICA 3-Year Diploma: Advanced Culinary Arts, Advanced Pâtisserie & Specialist Culinary Field
  • QCTO Occupational Certificate: Chef (SAQA ID 101697)
  • City & Guilds Diploma in Food Preparation & Culinary Arts – 8064-01
  • City & Guilds Diploma in Food Preparation & Culinary Arts (Pâtisserie) – 8064-02
  • First Aid Level 1
  • City & Guilds Certificate in Food & Beverage Service – 8066 (optional)

2 Year Diploma: Culinary Arts & Advanced Pâtisserie

This highly specialized course provides students with the essential theory and practical training to succeed in the ever-evolving world of fine pâtisserie. The course includes an international diploma and invaluable practical training with industry partners who are at the forefront of this unique culinary field. This is a course for the individual with patience, precision and absolute perseverance. Head of Faculty and senior pâtisserie lecturer, Merizle Mitrovich, is the only lecturer in the country to have received an international City & Guilds Medal of Excellence.


  • ICA 2-Year Diploma: Culinary Arts & Advanced Pâtisserie
  • CATHSSETA Certificate: Pâtisserie (SAQA ID 73292)
  • City & Guilds Diploma in Food Preparation & Culinary Arts (Pâtisserie) – 8064-02
  • First Aid Level 1
  • City & Guilds Certificate in Food & Beverage Service – 8066 (optional)

Open Days

The ICA welcomes prospective culinary arts candidates to our annual Open Days, usually held during the first and third terms of each year.

This special event is tailor-made to showcase the Institute of Culinary Arts and addresses commonly asked questions whilst providing in-depth information to prospective candidates, all in the beautiful setting of our campus just outside of Stellenbosch.

Click here for dates and to reserve your spot for an opportunity to visit us at our campus in Stellenbosch. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for regular news and updates.


Applications for the 2022 academic year are now open. Click here to view the requirements and complete the online application form.

The ICA accepts only a small number of carefully chosen applicants per year. So, if you want to be a part of one of the world’s most exclusive, highly awarded chef schools, don’t delay and send in your application as soon as possible!

Many diverse and exciting career opportunities have opened up in recent years. Greater recognition is given to the professional status of cheffing and presently more chefs enjoy the rich rewards of the profession.

The expectations and demands of highly energetic and creative chefs of earlier years have increased to include management, administrative and strategic planning skills, particularly at the senior level. We encourage prospective applicants to consider the opportunities that lie beyond the kitchen counters of restaurants, hotels, lodges and catering companies

Awaken your culinary senses to the adventure of new careers in retail, franchising, the wine industry, lifestyle destinations in tourism, media communication, food journalism and publishing, new business development and product development… The options are endless and your journey starts here.