Institute of Culinary Arts
Description Nestled between Simonsberg and the Stellenbosch Mountains lies the Banhoek Valley with its spectacular views. It was here, surrounded by the valley’s natural splendour and historic farms that Letitia Prinsloo’s dream first took root to start the country’s most esteemed chef school. It is to the same beautiful valley that the Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) now returned for an invigorating new phase in its proud history. “I believe the time was right to return to our roots. My vision for the ICA’s next phase is not about being the biggest, but offering exclusive and cutting edge chefs training experiences; more personalised, more intensive and more individual,” says Letitia Prinsloo. Investing in world class, state-of-the-art facilities at Banhoek signals the optimism for the future of this specific region in Stellenbosch. “The Banhoek Valley is a hot-spot for development and has always been a destination for wine lovers. The ICA plays a vital part in the valley’s reputation as a gastronomic destination.” Banhoek Valley and surroundings bring their own unique experiences: the Jonkershoek Resort with wild mushroom foraging. Delaire Graff Estate , Thelema Mountain Vineyards, Tokara (award winning vineyard and olive oil estate), Clouds Estate, Zorgvliet Vineyard Lodge & Spa, as well as the delightful Hillcrest Berry Orchards and herb nursery, to name a few. Chefs at top establishments locally and abroad are ICA graduates, also boasting coveted titles such as the Sunday Times Top Chef of the Year; there are Sommeliers at Michelin-star establishments, Food Editors at several highly acclaimed magazines, others lecturing at international training facilities such as Jamie’s Fifteen, ICA graduates excel, all round. The establishment also produced many of the winners in the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs annual Young Chef’s Competitions, representing SA at the International Competition in New York in October 2009. A strong business acumen is a vital ingredient that sustains ICA’s success, which led the ICA to become the first culinary etablishment in the country to receive a Business of the Year Award. This spurred them on to further grow the enterprise in a sustainable way to benefit the food industry they serve. Having established the ICA as the preferred source for qualified industry ready chefs and food professionals, the ICA will continue to cultivate world-class chefs who breathe inspiration and innovation into the culinary world, trained to challenge conformity by pushing boundaries, bringing with them excitement and a fresh approach to the world of food. Added to that is the coveted address of the Banhoek Valley, so the terms ‘exclusive’,’ intensive’, ‘personal and individual’ reinforces their overall winning formula. Location/Address/Phone No./Fax No.
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E 18° 55' 41.52" 18° 55.692' QR Codes
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Address Farm Calenick, Zevenrivieren Road, Banhoek, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa Phone No. 021 885 1414 If calling from outside South Africa: +27 21 885 1414 Fax No. 021 885 1085 If calling from outside South Africa: +27 21 885 1085 More Information Local Weather Map
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