Great reasons to become a chef

It is a Fantastic Career
If you love food and cooking why not make a career out of it by becoming a professional chef. As well as the job satisfaction, being a chef offers great career progression from Commis Chef to Demi Chef then Chef de Partie, Sous chef, Chef de Cuisine and finally Executive Chef. You also have the option of taking your career to various venues including; restaurants, hotels, resorts, catering companies and corporate events.

Great reasons to become a chef

It’s a growth-industry job
People will always want to eat out and as the hospitality industry is steadily growing year on year, there will be many new and challenging positions on offer.

Great reasons to become a chef

Take your career global
Wherever you choose to live, finding work as a chef will always be an option. Whether you fancy preparing luxury meals on a cruise ship or taking one of the chef jobs in Melbourne’s hipster cafe’s, a career as a chef is highly portable!

Great reasons to become a chef

You can specialise
Most chefs learn by preparing and cooking all kinds of food, and some are happy to pursue that path. However, there’s plenty of opportunity to specialise if you discover a burning passion for Mexican, Thai or even desserts – where you become a pastry chef, there are plenty of options to branch out and challenge yourself.

Great reasons to become a chef

Self-employment – start your own Restaurant
Most chefs are extremely passionate about what they do and many of them choose to branch out on their own and set up their own restaurant.

Great reasons to become a chef

It’s creative
Plating up food and creating new dishes is an art in itself, so a great profession for those that are creative. Chefs often create new menus and to add new special dishes to menus weekly as well.

Great reasons to become a chef

You make people happy
People love eating out, so whether you are helping make a special event happier or a lunchtime meal more delicious, it’s good to know your work is being appreciated.

Great reasons to become a chef

Never a dull moment
Working in a kitchen can be challenging as you are under pressure to deliver and spend a lot of time on your feet. However if you are fast and good at what you do, being a chef can be a real buz and a highly rewarding career.

Great reasons to become a chef

You don’t have to wear a suit!
No uncomfortable ties, heels or business suits – Chef’s whites will leave more salary in your pockets!

Great reasons to become a chef

Varied hours
Chefs work a variety of hours depending on where you choose to work. Some restaurants are only open at night, others during the day. Catering companies work shifts and corporate catering will see you working 9 to 5 hrs. Set your hours depending on your lifestyle!

Our vision is for this institution to be an authentic environment driven by passion, pride and excellence.


OPEN for March 2021 Registrations

About us

In 2016, Yolandi and Thea Prinsloo took a leap of faith along with their team and begun working together with another culinary arts franchise.

But in 2018, the school embarked on a new journey and became independent and is now known as Purple Carrot School of Culinary Arts. Starting from scratch with only five students, every aspect of the school has grown and served as an opportunity for Purple Carrot and it’s students to grow too.

Purple Carrot has developed its own identity and is now home to over 20 chefs in training. Purple Carrot Catering provides the opportunity to our chefs-in-training to get involved in the catering business and reap the benefits thereof.

Everything about the new campus brings explosive changes – a new name, a new campus, a new look and a whole new atmosphere. Student accommodation in the area is affordable and the area is safe and close to campus. We also assist with student accommodation.

We place a major focus on keeping fun and creativity in the kitchen, whilst still retaining our discipline and respect for our ingredients and the people around us.


What does it take?

In order for a student to become a successful chef, it is imperative for them to expose themselves to the industry on various levels, continuously doing research, gaining knowledge and working on open-mindedness. We provide a platform for passionate, dedicated and driven students to build their foundation in the culinary industry. As an institution we can only provide the knowledge, facilities and the opportunity to learn and grow – the rest of the work is up to students to take what we give them and use it to develop into the chefs they want to become.

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Thea Prinsloo

Yolandi Prinsloo
Manager Healthy Living

Malcolm Fick
Head Culinary Lecturer

Hein Prinsloo
Manager Catering

Our Partners


CITY & GUILDS – 848453A

The City & Guilds brand is recognised by 99% of employers. Our range ofqualifications are built around employer needs so your learners are in a good position to find a job with a City & Guilds qualification.

QCTO – SDP1227/18/00350

The QCTO is one of three Quality Councils (QCs) responsible for a part of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). … Another important role for the QCTO is to offer guidance to service providers, who must be accredited by the QCTO to offer occupational qualifications.

SACA – 35017

SA Chefs is a non-profit industry body, founded more than 44 years ago, that represents the interests of chefs, cooks and caterers at all levels, with a focus on skills development, the celebration of culinary professionals and transforming the industry.