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About Steyns Culinary School

Steyns Culinary School was started by Maritha Steyn  in 2003 with the aim of improving the basic culinary skills of kitchen staff in South Africa.


 Over the past 20 years, Steyns Culinary School has endeavored to equip students with the fundamental skills needed to make a success  in the cheffing industry. Through the years students from Steyns Culinary School have become successful chefs in their own right, establishing themselves in the industry, and often time as head chef. We have the honour of one of our alumni being awarded a Michelin star.


At Steyns, we prioritize hands-on skills development by maintaining smaller class sizes and emphasizing individualized attention. This approach ensures our chefs can fully teach and master the skills, preparing our students to confidently meet industry expectations.


Our full-time professional chef course is recognized in South Africa by the QCTO and internationally by Highfield International. This dual accreditation guarantees that our students earn qualifications that are respected both nationally and globally.

We also offer a range of short courses, including the Highfield Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Catering. Although not all short courses carry credits, this particular safety certificate ensures hospitality establishments comply with national kitchen staff regulations.

All our lecturers are passionate, qualified chefs dedicated to training the next generation. Chef Dominique Viljoen, a pastry chef educated at Prue Leith Academy, discovered a love for teaching and completed her Education Degree. Chef Jaen-Mari Breythenbach, a graduate of Capsicum Culinary School, brings extensive industry experience to the team. Chef Reinate van den Berg-Lord, an alumnus of Steyns Culinary School with a degree in Archaeology, has worked in catering and is now committed to inspiring young chefs.

The school is managed by David Steyn, who leverages his educational background to provide comprehensive training that meets students' needs while ensuring smooth educational operations. He is supported by Adele Bekker, who oversees operations, administration and manages communication with regulatory bodies.


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Professional Chefs course

12, 24 & 36 Month Full-time 

Culinary Arts Certificate & Diploma.

10 Week Part Time Course

Once a week to learn the basics of cooking.

Fun Cooking, once off

Each night/theme is a

different experience. 

Team Building

Bring your team for an inspiring session in the kitchen.


Upcoming event



Master Class

8 June 2024

Time: 09:00

R250 p/p 

book now 


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Ontbyt show

Catch us on DStv channel 144


 06:00 - 08:00.

Chef's Special

Private chef service and consultation

If you have a private function and need a chef, look no further. For any industry consultations we are also available.


Contact us

Tel: (+27)12 362 5340  |  Email: 
Cell:  072 645 5167

For more information on courses, events or bookings just ask us.

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