The Silwood School of Cookery is South Africa’s oldest cookery school, boasting student achievement unmatched by any other cookery school in South Africa.
The school was founded in 1964 by Lesley Faull, Commanderie des Cordons Bleus de France. Over the past 50 years Silwood has earned itself a world class reputation.
Silwood graduates can be found in the top kitchens of the world from Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck & Dinner restaurants to Jamie Oliver’s No 15, Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir, Gordon Ramsay’s and even the French Laundry.
Lesley’s daughter, Alicia Wilkinson, Commanderie des Cordons Bleus de France, is the present principal of the school, continuing her mothers work-producing chefs of a world class standard.
Silwood offers a broad based culinary education equipping the graduates with the classic skills required in top international kitchens.
The school is surrounded by spacious organic gardens where students relax between lessons and pick and use their home grown herbs and vegetables.
Nationally Silwood Graduates can be found in Kitchens from the Belmond Mount Nelson and The One and Only to the Vineyard Hotel, from Londolozi Private Game Reserve to the Cellars Hohenort. Food selectors at Woolworths, top caterers such as Escoffier, Annalize Buchanan and Free Spirit , food store owners such as Melissa’s and Four & Twenty – we trained them all.
Silwood does not offer a quick fix solution but a complete culinary education. Silwood students have won all the national Sunday times Chef School competitions – proof that our good basic food training is the best.
Even Woolworths chose Silwood as the school to train the recipient of their Taste Magazine Bursary.
Robyn Jacka won the &UNION brewing competition
Nik Tonglet won the Sunday Times Junior Chef title
Silwood won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the 2011 Sunday Times Junior Chefs Competition.
Lauren Bolton and Sara Lohmaier won the Sunday Times Student Challenge
Graduate Stacey-Lee Chan won the International Jeunes Commis Rotisseurscompetition in Finland, proving herself the worlds best junior chef
Graduate Jodi-Ann Pearton won the Sunday Times Senior Chef of the year
Robert Garlick Having worked in the kitchens of Heston Blumenthal and Raymond Blanc will be moving to Turkey to join Mert Seran Silwood graduate now a partner in Ulus 29. Mert has just released his first cookery book for Ulus 29. Robert will be Pastry chef for the group.
Talya Prince was at the Roux brothers Le Gavroche and is now at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck
Nik Tonglet has joined De Houtloods in the Netherlands
Sandra Nobre has a cookery show on Fox Television in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique – Portugal’s own Nigella
Emma Churches is currently working at a food manufacturing co. making ready made meals for Sainsbury andTesco in England.
I have now been working for Platinum Recruitment in the South of England
Rosie Nightingale has a catering company in the Cotswolds called The Two Nightingales
Glenda Philp head of marketing communications at Woolworths
Kirsten van de Spreng the New Product Development Manager at Cape Herb and Spice Company
Jenna Shave + Augusta Pitkammer product developers In2Food supplying Woolworths
Britta Gruttemeyer product developer for 7th floor, also developing for Woolworths.
Caro de Waal has started her own consultancy and was the secret judge for the 2014 Eat Out Awards
Pierre de Wit is the Developer of Interactive Counters and New Business for Woolworths
Toinet van der Berg – Product Developer Woolworths, Product Innovation Manager Foodcorp, Head of Innovation Fresh Foods Pick ‘n Pay started her own consultancy “At The Table – Trends and Innovation Consultant”
Vanessa Wood is the new Product Development Manager for Tacoma Foods supplier to Woolworths.
Nicky Weir – Product Developer for Pick ‘n Pay, now heads up the Good Food Studio at Hurlingham, Pick ‘n Pay Flagship store
Jacky van Zyl, Vuyo Mkunyana and Katie Ritchie – product Developers for Pick ‘n Pay in their development kitchen.
Faye Clark – Product Developer for Woolworths, also worked at Marks & Spencers United Kingdom
Zani Muller Confectionery product developer at a new division within Netflorist
Michelle Borkum is quality controller for Pick ‘n Pay Foods in Johannesburg
Danielle Smith has been appointed as product developer for both The Pot Luck Club and The Test Kitchen. In this role she acts as Dale-Roberts’s lieutenant working on exciting new projects.
Jacqueline Burgess is assistant to Abigail Donnelly author at Woolworths Taste
We are proud of our very local graduate entrepreneurs who have successfully started their own businesses and become known for their standards of excellence.
RESTAURANT / DELI OWNERS
Marijke Duminy and Tracy-Leigh Genricks –Four&twenty Restaurant in Chelsea Village Wynberg
Melissa van Hoogstraten – Melissa’s Food Shop
Irma Spies– High Tea at Farriers in Constantia and wedding cakes
Christa Schonitz – Florentines off Main Road Kenilworth
Kate Marek opened Gourmet Boerie in Kloof Street
Suzi Holtzhausen – award winning Gaaitjie Salt Water Restaurant in Paternoster
Kim Brackenridge – 7 On Kellner in Bloemfontein – her restaurant has won the American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award
Talya Botha – Umame Restaurant in Saltrock
Oliver Coetzee– Two Dogs Bistro and Wine Bar
Simon Beggs – 2b Cuisine in Bryanston Johannesburg
Altus du Toit – Kitchen Windows in Jeffreys bay
Roxanne Floquet – Roxanne Floquet Cake Design
Juliet Hogg – Cakes By Julie
Daniela Dotan– Daniela’s Deliciously Decandent in the new Cape Quarter
Angeline Boyd (Haefele) owner of Vanilla House Patisserie in Durbanville
Angela Papakonstantinou – the Wharf Street Brew Pub in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape.
Sue Barber – Managing Partner at Park Cafe at Black River Park Observatory
Judy Filmater – the brain child of Mugg & Bean
Claudia Giannoccaro – Salvation Cafe
Sarah Hepburn Brown – owner of Sarah’s Food Store
Alison Stoner-Harper – owner-manager Hmmm Taste and Flavour in the Gardens
Jamie Lorge – owner Love Food Kitchen – Deli – Cafe in Braamfontein
Elizabeth Bell owner of The Rambling Rose in Meadowridge
Karen Werge Tilney author of Naturally Nutritious Wholefood Cookbook and owner of Ancient Grain
Tasha Jardim, owner of Tasha’s Fantastic Fudge, came third in the Female Entrepreneur section of the 2015 Business Excellence Awards held in Portugal recently. A total of 240 businesses from around the world entered the 2015 Business Excellence Awards including entrants from Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Annalize Buchanan – Annalize ph 0826541067
Annalize Sainsbury – Escoffier
Sheila Steenkamp Pomegranate
Rozanne Preston – Encore
Zane Muller – Chefs on Call
Lauren Rohloff– The Picnic Company + Mustard Catering
Nicky Beaumont – Zest
Jodi-Ann Palmer– The Food Design Agency
Chanel Inggs – In Good Taste Custom Catering
Alison Knott – Lick the Spoon
Tamsyn Wells – Olive’s Kitchen
Tracey Reay and Nikki Reay – Free Spirit and Rhubarb
Wesley Randles – chef at Luke Dale-Roberts POT LUCK
Aviv Liebenberg – sous chef at Tokara Restaurant
Anna Ridgewell executive chef Londolozi Game Reserve
Kerry Kilpin chef de cuisine for Bistro 1682
Alfred Henry – Head Chef at Cape Sun
Keshan Rambarun executive chef Sibaya Casino Durban
Natalia Sforza head chef at Ke-Monate wine bar and bistro
Mark Festus head chef at Stillness Manor in Tokai
Helen Rivett managing head chef at Atlantic Suites Guest house in Camps Bay
Jaco van Vuuren executive chef at Londolozi Game Reserve.
Jean-Pierre Maree Executive Chef- The Turbine Hotel Knysna
Andrew Odendaal Head chef at Emly’s Moon River Lodge in Plettenberg Bay
Heloise Smit Chef / Assistant Manager- DUTCH MANOR Antique Hotel Cape Town www.dutchmanor.co.za
Stacey Chan brand chef for SMEG – brand of kitchen cookers and appliances
Sharelda van Niekerk executive chef Shamwari Game Reserve
Emily Botha head chef of the Belfry Kitchen on The S A Institute for Objects Conservation Campus
Warren Carney at The Bombay Bicycle Club
Loran Livesey – head chef at the Pavilion Restaurant at the Marine Hotel
Susan Von Hirschberg Executive Chef NPD Freddy Hirsch Group (Pty) Ltd
Hannah McMahon chef at The Kalk Bay Theatre Restaurant
Sara Rickard sous chef at Singita Pamushana Lodge in the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in south-eastern Zimbabwe
Karen Scholtz working for Garth Shnier at Sandton Sun as his personal kitchen Administrator for both Sandton Sun and Sandton Convention Centre. Karen spent the last week cooking for her royal highness princess Michael of Kent
Ruth Hinks – owner Cocoa Black Chocolate and Patisserie School Scotland
Debbie Laatz – pastry kitchen lecturer at Prue Leith’s Academy
Sam Waring – Head pastry chef at the SA Chefs Academy
Jenny Howard owner Chez Gourmet
Roxy Floquet owner Roxanne Floquets Cake Design
Kate George owner The Food Room
Mische de Winter – works at the oldest cookery school in Holland – La Cuisine Francaise Amsterdam
Rinette Enslin – owner Olive Chef School Bloemfontein
Caro de Waal is editor Food24
Justine Kiggen – Food Editor for Fair Lady
Lisa Clark – Stylist
Andrea Steer – Food Stylist
Kirsty Ratcliffe -source management Catering and Food consultant
Silwood boasts student achievement unmatched by any other cookery school in South Africa. Silwood graduates can be found in kitchens worldwide- Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal, Raymond Blanc -all have a Silwood graduate in their kitchens.
40 Riverton Rd
Telephone +27 (0)21 686 4894/5
Fax +27 (0)21 686 5795