About Us

about us

Welcome to The Institute of Culinary Arts, South Africa’s leading training school for world-class chefs. Based in the famous Stellenbosch winelands, the ICA is internationally acclaimed for producing capable and industry-ready professionals of the highest calibre. Our comprehensive and specialised training is based on classic gastronomic principles, coupled with innovative thinking and creative flair.

There has never been a more exciting time to enter the international culinary fraternity. The hospitality industry is experiencing record growth and South Africa is a particularly popular destination. Food itself is also being taken a lot more seriously - not only have we seen the rise of celebrity chefs, there is also a growing public interest in quality ingredients and local flavours and cuisines.

There are numerous fantastic career opportunities, each promising to be equally rewarding and inspiring. Start your own catering company or restaurant, work in product development, hospitality management, the wine and beverage industry, or even food writing and photography. Whichever direction you decide to pursue, the ICA will prepare you for the challenges of this energetic and demanding industry, promising you a shining career in the culinary arts.