Jackie Cameron
I am at last in a position to realise my dream of opening the Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine. We opened beginning of April 2015 in Hilton, and the School offers an intensive 18 ­month internationally recognised course with a maximum intake of 15 students. There is so much to food and I want to share all that I have been fortunate to have learnt, and experienced, with the students.
— Jackie Cameron

Jackie Cameron (who did her LEVEL 3 IVQ Advanced Diploma in Teaching, Training and Assessing Learning Awarded by The City and Guilds of London Institute in year 2010) is in the position to realise her dream of launching Jackie Cameron's School of Food and Wine which opened early April 2015 in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal. 

The school offers an 18-monthintensiveinternationally-recognised course with a maximum intake of 15 Learners.  "Hands-on" is Jackie's philosophy and the students will be working alongside her, daily. Here learners will have the opportunity to experience all things foodie in a safe and secure environment.  Jackie believes there is no need to have only worked in a top restaurant, locally or internationally, to succeed. "There is so much to food and I want to share all that I have been fortunate to have learnt, and experienced, with the students," she says, adding that her aim is to impart this knowledge, and to equip the students with the skills to 'go it alone'.

"Think new age on all levels - teaching the students how to create a balanced and healthy lifestyle in this crazy but extremely-rewarding industry." 

The School has been carefully planned comprising the following:

  • Only the best equipment coming from France and Italy will be used to teach and train Learners.
  • Lecture rooms consisting of all necessary appliances to facilitate training of learners.
  • A downstairs fully-functional demonstration kitchen area to ensure learners gain “first-hand” knowledge in dealing with patrons and gain practical knowledge, a vital outcome of the course.
  • An upstairs kitchen space for learners to work in their own space to acquire all the basic cooking skills
  • Wine is going to form an important part of the course.  A traditional “Wine Cellar” is available. 
  • Meeting and greeting of the top wine-makers in the country will happen throughout the year. 
  • A lot of tasting to build confidence with wine and a palate profile.  Wine courses will be internationally recognised. 
  • A tour to the Cape will be organised, and included in the price, so a learner can taste the grapes from the vine.
  • Grow-your-own - Learners will be responsible for garden work and understanding what it is to grow your own produce.
  • An intensive cake icing course with an award winning cake decorator.
  • Costing courses will be done by my accountant.
  • French terminology will be taught by a French linguist.
  • Much time will be spent with local suppliers understanding what quality and free-range is all about.
  • A common room will be available for all learners.
  • Meals on duty will be included and cooked by the Learner as Learners must learn the importance of healthy balanced meals. 
  • On site accommodation for 4 learners will be available at an additional cost with normal ablution facilities and a lounge reclining area for study purposes.

Thank you for your interest in Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine. The 18-month course offers more than most schools of its kind. Here we are City & Guilds accredited. The Culinary Arts, 8065-02 and Patisserie 8065-03 are two of several certificates/diplomas covered during the duration of the course.

Others include:

  • Rencor - Intermediate First Aid-Level 2
  • Geochem - training course in product knowledge and kitchen hygiene
  • QSystems - good hygiene practices and an introduction to food safety
  • Firetrac - fire-fighting and fire-protection course
  • The Wild Bread Co – a four-day course in the French-artisan tradition read more...
  • Cake Icing – 20 lessons
  • French class - 16-part lesson, based on French cuisine terminology read more...
  • The school is aligned with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School
  • It’s the only culinary course for chefs, in South Africa, to offer an international wine course, LEVEL 2 – WSET (Wine Spirit Education Trust)An internationally-recognised course - the standard in 62 countries around the world. Read more...

The course also comprises visits to:

  • Terbodore Coffee in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands for coffee training
  • Local suppliers - getting to know ingredients and product before cooking even begins
  • Select wine farms in the Cape - familiarising the students with wines and the wine process and getting the best Knowledge first hand from the top estates and wine makers in the country.
  • Top restaurants to meet the country’s best chefs.

As well as:

  • all uniforms
  • course files and books
  • 14-piece Victorinox knife set
  • family meals once a week
  • all ingredients and exam fees for both diplomas and WSET 2

There are no hidden costs.

To get an in-depth look at the school please have a look at these videos showcasing my students, the courses we offer and types of special functions we've catered for.

Hard work and commitment realises dreams.