Our Guarantee:



- Rebecca Hurst, CEO


Your DREAM CAREER as a Chef, Baker, Restaurant Owner, Pastry Chef, A Private Chef, Food Stylist or Entrepreneur is just one step from becoming a reality! 


What we have on offer:

Our qualification combines a solid foundation in the classic techniques of both cooking and baking. It’s a proven recipe of whisking up just the right quantities of practical and theory.
Our qualification will train you for a variety of career outcomes including the exciting mobile lifestyle of a chef, baker or culinary professional! You will learn everything you need to know about how to take a future leadership role in a kitchen and how to manage your own business!
Our super star alumni talent is found in so many kitchens both here in SA and overseas. You need to look no further than the Michelin Star JAN Restaurant in Nice, France where star graduate Rutger Eysvogel is Head Chef, the award winning Foliage restaurant in Franschhoek, owned by our very talented Chris Erasmus, visit Carolize Coetzee, Head Chef at Tokara Restaurant, Tal Smith cook book author and owner at Sababa Deli, watch Lentswe Bhengu who is a judge on the Great SA Bake-off or why not jump on a plane and visit Etienne Truter, Executive Chef at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, Korea?
Great practical experience is gained as you are taught by our dedicated Chefs and Front of House Team in our exclusive on-site practical training areas which include a production bakery/ pastry kitchen, hands on practical kitchen with 24 fully equipped individual work stations as well as a bistro style student restaurant which offers great experience in both the hot kitchen and front of house service.
You also get to earn while you learn. Paid internships at a local restaurant or hotel are going to be organized especially for you.
Extra pocket money can also be earned when working on weekends in our restaurant and function venue. If you are serious about a career in baking, cooking and hospitality management, come join our family at the “Super Cool Culinary School”


1You get to join our family – we become your “home away from home”
2We like having FUN so prepare yourself for lots of laughter
3We will look after you. Our true value will be delivered in the quality of your overall campus experience and how belonging to our family will make you feel. We are known for changing our student’s lives and inspiring greatness
4Our experienced team of Chefs, Lecturers and Mentors will surround you with their care and expertise and INSPIRE YOU TO LIVE BIG and be successful
5EARN while you learn – our students enjoy supervised, paid internships during their studies
6Travel the World – Our graduates get to work in many countries on every continent and earn salaries in strong currencies
7We guarantee to help all graduates find a job

Your Dream Culinary Career is Just One Easy Step Away!

A Globally Recognized Vocational Qualification as a Chef on completion.

Commences last week of January and June of each calendar year.

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The Hurst Campus 

The perfect choice for your Culinary Arts Training as a Chef


The perfect blend of classroom with practical, in a totally FUN kitchen culture that inspires learning


Travel the World – Our graduates work in many of the COOLEST countries on every Continent, earning pay in strong currencies


EARN while you learn – All students enjoy paid internships during study


22 years of moulding successful Graduates, now rolling in the dough


 Education is necessary and should be fun


We change lives, we will COACH and MENTOR you too success

Your Dream Culinary Career is Just One Easy Step Away!

A Globally Recognized Vocational Qualification as a Chef on completion.

Commences last week of January and June of each calendar year.


The Hurst Campus is a registered and accredited institution with:


Registered as a Private College with the Department of Education. Registration Number: 2018/FE07/010

A Skills Development Provider for QCTO (Quality Council for Trades & Occupations) Accreditation Number: SDP1228/17/008

A Member of APPETD – The Association of Private Providers of Education Training and Development

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quality council for trades occupations

Working Alumni Testimonials

Rebecca Odendaal
My Journey at the Hurst Campus and One Year Later.So as you know it all started in “2016”. Rebecca I want to start off by saying thank you once again! Thank you for what? For everything! Let me just highlight some things for you.Let’s start from the beginning, thank you for giving me the opportunity to come and study at The Hurst Campus. How that came about I don’t even know myself, maybe it was out of frustration from sitting on the farm for 3 months that made me go online and start to do some research on the internet, I started searching for art schools in the UK. Then The Hurst Campus advertisement kept appearing on every page that I was researching. I became intrigued, so I decided to open it and see what it was all about and to my surprise it was a Chef school. I started to become very interested and the more I read the more I became convinced. I thought to myself, “should I apply?” I mean I had nothing to lose I was sitting on a farm in the middle of nowhere in Zimbabwe!So I applied and to my surprise I got an answer back and I had been accepted! I couldn’t believe it, now at this point I thought okay I’m going to a Chef School to become a Chef! What? I was very excited to be going to the Cape to study, just to be in a new environment and to see what will come of it. Let’s fast-forward to when I arrived in Cape Town, I was extremely nervous and I felt so uncomfortable “like you say when you’re feeling uncomfortable, you are growing”. This is it no turning back now. I still remember the letters you made us write to ourselves in 2016 and 2017. I will be quoting a few sentences from them throughout this letter.Rebecca I had a lot of fun over the two years at The Hurst Campus. I learnt so much, like you said on graduation day, “I even learnt how to drink.” There were difficult times at The Hurst Campus and you knew about that. I quote from the letter 27/01/2016: “Although you haven’t had the easiest life in Zimbabwe just always know you have been very privileged to go to The Hurst Campus.” which I was. I quote again from letter 27/01/2016: “Be strong and determined to go forward and always finish what you have started.” I needed to perceiver through the difficult times.Rebecca thank you for choosing me to represent The Hurst Campus in “2017” reaching for young stars, the One and Only. Thank you for giving me that opportunity, trusting and believing in me. From that day you exposed me and opened my doors. But I had to work for it. I quote from letter 20/02/2017: “you are prepared to work and sacrifice, life is about sacrifices.” Which it was, everything I put in, I got back. What a beautiful way to end my 2 year journey at The Hurst Campus having accomplished winning the competition with Nicola and now having the opportunity to go to America. You and I both know how much trouble I had just to get to America. Eventually I got there, I was beyond excited when I arrived in America, and it was my first time in a first world country.Winslow’s Tavern was challenging, six doubles a week, long hours, 400+ people a day or service. I ended up working the grill, to me it was the hardest and hottest section of the kitchen. I even mastered your favourite “swordfish”. I learnt so much working at Winslow’s Tavern for Phillip, the knowledge and experience I gained is priceless.Thank you for your support once again, coming to America to visit Nicola and myself and for spending that amazing day with me in Province Town. I really appreciated that. I visited Province Town many times after that for various things like Whale watching, cranberry picking, sight-seeing and a drink or two. America wasn’t all fun, it was work! I quote and repeat from letter 27/01/2016: “Be strong and determined to go forward and always finish what you have started.” I pushed through the busy summer season. Then Phillip offered me to continue for the winter, I said yes, I grabbed the opportunity again. I quote and repeat from letter 20/02/2017: “you are prepared to work and sacrifice, life is about sacrifices.” Yes I made sacrifices, but the reward in the end was worth it. I got a fantastic letter of recommendation and I went on a road trip across America.I set off on the 5th of January across America, I started in Cape Cod travelled through New York to Washington DC. Due to the government shut down museums were closed and no one was working in the National Parks. Next stop was Tennessee then Memphis, Dallas, Huston, San Antonio, El Paso, New Mexico, Arizona, California-San Diego, Hollywood, Sequoia National Forest, Yosemite National Park, Nevada, Las Vegas, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Virginia, Philadelphia and 19,495 miles later I ended in New York, Brooklyn. The road trip was absolutely breath taking, the places I got to see was phenomenal, and seeing how the terrain changed throughout the different states was incredible. Although the weather wasn’t the greatest towards the end because of the snow which hindered some of the sight-seeing plans and road routes, I still got to see my fair share of America.Everything I did was so worthwhile and I can thank you for that Rebecca. It all started with acceptance and faith.Love Rebecca Odendaal.
Evelyn Salies
Dear Rebecca and Team. My utmost thanks and appreciation to everyone at the Hurst Campus for making Danielle’s journey an experience she will always remember and be grateful for.You did not just skill her theoretic principles, but she is now skilled to go out there and be a proud individual, not on her own accord, but to recognize that life is also about your fellow man’s assistance and walking your path with pride and joy.Thank you for assisting on setting her on route on her journey and may you as the Hurst Campus go from strength to strength.
Thandolwethu Rebe
I successfully completed a 2-year diploma in Food preparation and wine course in 2016. Hurst campus opens you to an exciting culinary experience that not only amazes you at every turn but also shows you the in depth behind the scenes hard work and dedication that goes into food preparation and wine pairing. Throughout my course we undertook various modules that are practical to the culinary and hospitality industry. The teaching methods are fun and educational and I can truly say that the Hurst campus will have you more than prepared for the exciting world of fine dining. All lecturer's s are well seasoned members of the industry therefore we get vital first-hand knowledge, tricks and tips of the trade. Not only did Rebecca the director of the school help me build a good foundation for my career but she also helped me personally when i was going through the hardest time in my life and also assisted me financially, she has compassion and she truly wants us to succeed. Anyone thinking of pursuing a culinary career can rest assured that Hurst Campus will prepare you with the highest levels of skills needed to succeed in the industry and the lecturers will always be there with unlimited knowledge and friendly teaching methods to ensure a candidate reaches their highest possible potential. Hurst campus prepared me well and helped me secure employment after graduation. My journey has just begun, are you ready to begin yours? In the meantime, I'll be cooking delicious dishes somewhere across the globe. Till you join the Hurst campus, bon appetite...!!!

Your Dream Culinary Career is Just One Easy Step Away!

A Globally Recognized Vocational Qualification as a Chef on completion.

Commences last week of January and June of each calendar year.

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132 Main Road, Paarl,

Western Cape, 7646


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