Message from The Principal:
“As Limpopo Chefs Academy is a small business, we experienced similar challenges to any other small business in the area when we first opened our doors in 2014. One major challenge was sourcing qualified staff of high standards and resources in the area which was overcome by strategic alliance and relationships with key stakeholders. Another challenge was receiving some negative press back in 2014, something that we had been expecting since the media is constantly alerting consumers of fly-by-night operations. Nevertheless, we’ve managed to iron out those negative images with results shown by our students flourishing at practical establishments where they have been placed.
People in Limpopo no longer need to leave their borders and move to bigger cities in pursuit of world class hospitality training and education.” – Chef Tommie Hurter
Director & Principal
Limpopo Chefs Academy Info:
Limpopo is a province known for its vast cultural heritage and history, but not for its academic excellence.
Owner and founder, Chef Tommie Hurter, graduate of the Capital Hotel School, worked in Canada before returning to Pretoria to open up The Fly Lounge in Pretoria East. When visiting his home province of Limpopo, he was offered a position at Fusion Boutique Hotel before joining the Waterberg FET College as chef lecturer.
Aiming to produce high quality scholars and chefs, Limpopo Chefs Academy offers a number of services that aren’t found in the area, namely training in wines and viticulture. The Academy has received a vast amount of support from various hotel groups and hospitality service providers, as the Number 1 choice for training and skills development for existing employees.
Director & Principal
Director & Vice-Principal
Lecturer / CHEF
Centre Manager – Polokwane Campus
Chef Claudia Van Eyk
Head Chef Mokopane Campus
Chef Rina Du Toit
Junior Lecturer Mokopane Campus
Reception & Student Support Assistant Mokopane Campus
Chef Kelly Fowlds
Centre Manager Polokwane Campus
Ms Shoki Setumu
Reception & Student Support Assistant Polokwane Campus
Chef Petros Neophytou
Junior Lecturer Polokwane Campus
Jealous is responsible for facilities maintenance at Limpopo Chefs Academy.
Sibongile is responsible for housekeeping at Limpopo Chefs Academy.
Paulina is responsible for housekeeping at Limpopo Chefs Academy.
Responsible for Housekeeping & Maintenance – Polokwane Campus