The Institute of Culinary Arts celebrates almost 30 years of training excellence.
Established by Letitia Prinsloo – earnest educator, teacher, mentor and chef-owner of an award-winning restaurant and guesthouse in Pretoria, before relocating to the beautiful Stellenbosch Winelands – the ICA was the first officially registered and accredited chef school for professional chefs in South Africa. The aim is to train world-class chefs that can compete in a global culinary arena. As testimony to the success of its graduates, the ICA was recognized as a City & Guilds International Center of Excellence in 2017 and Africa’s Best Culinary Institute in 2021 by the World Culinary Awards.
The ICA is rated as one of the top 3 culinary training facilities in the world. We focus on individual training, with an average lecturer-to-student ratio of 1:6.
A professional chef has to know and understand the science behind food. They need to develop their palate, need to know how to think ahead, know classical ratios by heart and strive for constant perfection.
It is therefore no surprise that ICA-trained chefs are sought after, both locally and abroad, where they continue to breathe inspiration into the culinary world, pushing boundaries and setting the benchmarks for others to follow.
The ICA maintains a simple philosophy of excellence in all aspects of the culinary arts, cultivating chefs with a personality of their own who know where they come from and have the distinctive character to outlast fashions and short-lived trends.