"A PROFESSIONAL START TO A CREATIVE FUTURE"
More than 15 years ago, Kevin Warwick opened the doors of Warwick's Chef School,in Onrust River, near Hermanus in the Western Cape.
The school's aim is to prepare young and upcoming chefs for the fast-growing hospitality industry by making them competent and confident in the basics of the French Classic Cuisine and contemporary style cooking.
Two six-months full-time courses are run annually, from January - June and from July - December. The course is aimed at young enthusiastic people with a passion for fine cuisine and who are serious about pursuing a career as a chef, whether in a restaurant, guest house, hotel or doing industrial-style catering.
With Kevin Warwick as principal, supported by his 4 full-time and 6 part-time lecturers, personal attention is definitely guaranteed for the up to 24 students (in 2 classes of 12) who are accepted for each course.
The difference between the training at Warwick's and that of many other institutions, is that the school prepares students for the industry in a realistic, industry related working kitchen, instead of the usual Home Economic Domestic Science type set-up.
Every six weeks the students are tested to monitor their progress, and on-going assessments are done by each of the instructors. Two 3-hour theoretical examinations and three practical examination sessions are conducted at the end of the course. A further examination is written for City and Guilds.
A formal graduation ceremony is held at the conclusion of each course where successful graduates receive a commis chef diploma.
A commis is a qualified, junior chef. It is up to each individual graduate to determine the pace at which he or she will climb the ladder in the kitchen brigades of this industry.
About The Principal
Born and raised in the Cape, South Africa, Kevin Warwick started his chef training in the hotel/restaurant industry in Holland.
Upon his return to South Africa, he furthered his training at the 5 star Heerengracht Hotel in Cape Town. After climbing the ladder, he was employed as Sous Chef, and later Head Chef of the Hohenort Hotel in Constantia, and then became Executive Sous Chef of the Eastern Boulevard Holiday Inn.
In 1982, he became Head Chef of the de Luxe Van Donck Restaurant at the Heerengracht Hotel. Three years later he opened his own successful restaurant, the "Onrust Kitchen" in Onrust River near Hermanus, which a well known newspaper critic referred to as: "... it must be one of the best restaurants in South Africa. .. ". Finally in 1991,he started the Warwick's Chef School.
In-between his work and studies, he entered competitions, winning awards and medals. He has also been a judge of the Marvello and Chef's Association "Chef of the Year" Competition amongst others. Kevin has been interviewed on radio, and has appeared on television doing cooking demonstrations to raise funds for charity and has been featured while training. He also spent time working in the Michelin starred restaurant of Roger Verge in the South of France.
Kevin is a member of the South African Chef Association (an Ex- Western Cape Committee Member), he was until recently the Chairman of the Hermanus Restaurateurs Association, and member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs.
"I have achieved a lot while working in the Hospitality industry as a chef in various restaurants and hotels, eventually owning my own restaurant, function facility and running the catering for a prestigious security village, all of which are used as training outlets for the students of my full time Chefs Training School. All the experience and achievements in the world would not mean anything unless it is passed on to the up and coming young chefs of this country.
Over the past 15 years, while running the Warwick's Chef School, watching our young students succeed in the industry all over the world, has proved that we are on the right track."
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