Our newest campus is located in the gorgeous Lowveld city of Mbombela (formerly Nelspruit). This is a tourism gateway for visitors looking to enjoy South Africa’s wildlife in the iconic Kruger National Park and surrounding reserves, and we’ve put a great deal of care into forging industry partnerships with luxury lodges and other establishments in the region. We’ve gone out of our way to create a nurturing environment, to ensure that every student can craft their culinary skills in an unforgettable training experience. This campus boasts two state-of-the-art training kitchens and two theory lecture rooms.
Describe your CTIA campus in three words: This is home.
What sets CTIA apart? Our fantastic innovation modules in patisserie and culinary arts, and the fact that you are not just a number at CTIA.
Top tip for aspiring chefs: You need to have a passion for food and hospitality. It’s not an easy road, but the reward is worth it in the end.
What is your favourite food item to prepare? A salad. Simply because there are over a thousand ways to make it interesting, appetizing and seasonal. Yotam Ottolenghi proves this.
Anything you refuse to eat? Polony.
Share a memorable foodie moment: The time I ate eisbein at the popular and famous German restaurant called Brauhaus in Swakopmund, Namibia.
Describe your CTIA campus in three words: Authentic, current and diverse.
What sets CTIA apart? Attention to detail, when it comes to students. Never compromising on the quality of education given to the students. Safety of students is crucial.
Top tip for aspiring chefs: Be prepared to work harder than you have before.
What is your favourite food item to prepare? Traditional African food, but I add a modern twist.
Anything you refuse to eat? Masonja (silk worms).
Share a memorable foodie moment: I could write a thesis on all my memorable foodie moments!
Describe your CTIA campus in three words: Professional, helpful and fun.
What sets CTIA apart? We help you to live out a dream to a full-on career being a chef, or to run your own food business.
Top tip for aspiring chefs: Never stop with creating new food ideas and recipes. Remember, the kitchen is our creativity board!
What is your favourite food item to prepare? I love to make lamb curry.
Anything you refuse to eat? Raw tomatoes – I never liked the texture.
Share a memorable foodie moment: Hosted a team building event with 14 “ready steady” cooking teams. I got very bad cut with the first cook off and had to finish the event with superglued cut on my right hand below the thumb. Got 5 stiches later that night.
Describe your CTIA campus in three words: Excitement every day!
What sets CTIA apart? CTIA stays on trend and updated with culinary needs.
Top tip for aspiring chefs: Creativity is key.
What is your favourite food item to prepare? Comfort foods.
Anything you refuse to eat? Snails!
Share a memorable foodie moment: Receiving a standing ovation walking through a dining room filled with guests for a private function at the end of a very busy shift.