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The Hospitality Trainers and Associates (HTA) School of Culinary Art, an Internationally Accredited Chef School, run under the leadership of Stephen Billingham, former President of the South African Chefs Association, is one of South Africa’s leading Chef Training Providers specialising in modular, outcomes based training and development.

Registered through an internationally recognised awarding body, City and Guilds, as well as South Africa’s Quality Council For Trades & Occupations. HTA has been training Chefs in partnership with the South African food & beverage and hospitality industries since 1996, producing many of the country’s most talented Chefs.

HTA was established in 1995 to provide Culinary students, from school leavers to corporates, with a fundamental grounding in all disciplines relating to the production of top quality cuisine and the ability to manage a kitchen. This award winning school offers unparalleled opportunities to acquire both theoretical knowledge and carefully monitored practical training in their state-of-the-art facilities.

HTA School of Culinary Art is one of four Progressive Chef Training divisions of HTA group of Companies, the other three divisions of HTA predominantly focus on Chef Training Programmes for employed persons currently working in the Hospitality industry. These Programmes are offered to Up-Skill and Certify hundreds of Cooks, Chefs and Caterers each year across all levels and Sectors in the Industry. This valuable side of our business, working with and having industry Chefs is a reservoir of knowledge and experience, which is passed on to all full time students through our Programmes.

HTA School of Culinary Art is committed to providing training that remains at the forefront of global culinary trends. With established relationships with top hotels, restaurants and catering companies in Gauteng, students have the opportunity for practical application of their theoretical knowledge and ensuring that practical elements of the course are completed with reputable Chefs in a carefully structured, planned and moderated way.

Each student also receives membership to the South African Chefs Association, with the objective of further enhancing the students’ professional approach. This allows each student access to regional and national competitions, food festivals, chef conferences and networking opportunities with professionals in the industry.

HTA Group of Companies, Training and Development Programmes in Professional Cookery

Programme Name Client Duration
HTA School of Culinary Art School Leavers 2 Years
HTA Chef Foundation School Leavers 1 Year
HTA In-Service Apprenticeship Programmes Hotels, Restaurants, and Catering Companies 3 Years
HTA Day Release Private and Industry 1 Year
1.5 Years
HTA Day Release Pastry Private and Industry 1 Year
HTA Enterprise Development Programmes Township Caterers Programme 6 Months
SA Chefs National Youth Chef Training Programmes National Department of Tourism 1 Year
2 Years
3 Years

Some of HTA’s Industry Clients:

Emperors Palace; Gallagher Gourmet Catering; The Indaba Hotel; Kopanong Hotel; Sandton Hilton; Sheraton Pretoria; Protea Group of Hotels; The Four Seasons Westcliff Hotel; The Fedics Group; Mount Grace Department of  Social Development; FNB Catering; Peermont Global; Anglo American Catering; Eskom Catering; McCain SA; Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa; Goldfields; South African Reserve Bank; Michelangelo Hotel.



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