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The Silwood Story

Three Generations


Silwood's Legacy of Excellence

The Silwood School of Cookery – AWARD WINNING and Internationally rated the BEST chefs school in Africa. Silwood is South Africa’s oldest cookery school, boasting student achievement unmatched by any other cookery school in the country.

The school was founded in 1964 by Lesley Faull, Commanderie des Cordons Bleus de France. Over the past 60 years, Silwood has earned itself a world-class reputation and has remained a family-run business. Lesley’s daughter, Alicia Wilkinson, Commanderie des Cordons Bleus de France, is the present principal of the school, assisted by her daughter Carianne Wilkinson, International restaurant judge and director of SA Chefs Association. The family continues to produce international top chefs.

Silwood's Culinary Triumph


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.


Silwood’s unique and holistic approach, arms graduates with the very best cooking skills as well as the tools needed to run successful food businesses.

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Location & Facilities

Nestled at the foot of the iconic Table Mountain, Silwood is situated in leafy Rondebosch, Cape Town’s top educational suburb, the school is an original 17th century Cape farm. The stables have been converted into state of the art kitchens, giving a feeling of rich heritage and tradition combined with the new and cutting edge.

At Silwood, we believe that the best chefs have a deep understanding of the ingredients they cook with, so students learn how to grow and harvest their own produce in our organic vegetable and herb gardens.

Accolades and Accreditation

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