This year’s winner of the Eat Out Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award, Letitia Prinsloo, is a mentor to many.

As founder of one of SA’s most prestigious cooking schools, the Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) in Stellenbosch, Letitia Prinsloo has inspired and moulded countless noteworthy chefs, including Peter Tempelhoff of Top 10 restaurant Greenhouse (see Eat Out pages 32 and 162).  ICA’s students follow the lead of their founder, who serves as their touchstone for excellence.

Letitia earned an Advanced Cordon Bleu Diploma (cum laude) and Diploma École Cuisine du Soleil, after training with chef Roger Vergé in France.  A noted entrepreneur, Letitia serves as honourary member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, has served as a judge for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and on Eat Out’s panel of critics, and has won the Award of Excellence from the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

“Letitia has taught and mentored generations of our finest South African chefs,” says head judge Abigail Donnelly.  “She sets incredibly high standards, and her life-long dedication and positive commitment to improve cooking standards make her a very deserving winner of this award.”