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Introduction to Capsicum Culinary Studio

Capsicum Culinary Studio was founded by Cheryl Nesbitt, a qualified hotel manager and experienced member of the culinary industry.  Cheryl studied Hotel Management at the Witwatersrand Hotel School in Johannesburg and gained 8 years of hotel experience.

Leaving the Protea Hotel Group in 1991 as a Deputy General Manager, she started Country Catering, an extremely successful events management and catering company.  After 7 years, Cheryl sold the business and ventured into the training world.  Cheryl joined Varsity College as their lead lecturer and relocated to Cape Town to head up their National Hotel Management Division.  She then joined the International Colleges Group (INTEC and Damelin) in the position of Cape Town Branch Manager, moving up to National Sales Manager and later Business Manager.

After extensive market research, Cheryl discovered there was an unmet need for a reasonably priced, reasonable time commitment cooking school.  All too often, applicants in South Africa had been disheartened by the number of up-market, exclusively priced cooking schools which effectively prevented potential students from realising their dreams because of cost or low value to cost ratios.

And so, in October 2003, Capsicum Culinary Studio was born!

Today, Capsicum Culinary Studio has schools in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg,Pretoria, Boksburg and Port Elizabeth and offers the most affordable accredited Professional Chef and Hospitality qualifications in South Africa.

There are numerous benefits to you achieving your chef or hospitality qualification with Capsicum Culinary Studio.

The following are the key benefits to you, ensuring that the education you receive is of the highest standard, is industry relevant and is locally and internationally recognised.

  1. Accreditation with City & Guilds International, United Kingdom.
  2. Member of the South African Chefs Association.
  3. Member of the French Gastronomical Society, the Chaînes des Rôtisseurs.
  4. An Association Agreement with DCT, the European Culinary & Pastry, Chocolate Arts Centre in Lucerne, Switzerland.
  5. An Association Agreement with Swan TAFE, in Perth, Australia
  6. Industry-experienced, accredited trainers and assessors.
  7. Affordable payment plans.
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