Founder & Principal
Institute of Culinary Arts, South Africa
Twelve years ago a lifelong dream came true for Letitia Prinsloo when she opened the Stellenbosch based Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA), now recognized as a leading chef training facility in South Africa. ICA is not only the country’s largest cooking school, it also won the coveted 2004 Small Business of the Year competition held by Old Mutual, Business Partners, Unisa, the AHI and Sake Rapport.
After graduating from the University of Pretoria with B Ed Home Economics, she received a Wine Certificate from the Cape Wine Academy. She also completed a Gourmet Certificate Cordon Bleu, followed up by the Advanced Cordon Bleu Diploma (cum laude), clinching the Bollinger Award as top student. Another highlight in her gastronomic career included her training with the famed Roger Vergé, Mougin, France – adding the coveted Diploma Ecole Cuisine du Soleil to her name.
She also further honed her gastronomic passion at the Dairy Control Board and the Potato Board, then making the first entrepreneurial leap by starting a catering business, with mostly ambassadors as clients. She opened the highly acclaimed La Maison restaurant and guest house in Pretoria, reaping international accolades, including a Chaîne des Rôtisseurs blazon.
Letitia was appointed Conseiller Culinaire for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’, South Africa in 2006. As Conseiller Culinaire she is committed especially to the nurturing and development of young culinary professionals, including the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Chefs Competition, of which she has hosted both regional and international finals.
She further promotes the interest of the culinary world as a member of the International Wine and Food Society, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), Slow Food, and the South African Chefs Association. Letitia is also one of the international judges for the Worlds Top 50 Restaurants, a judge for the national Eat Out Awards, as well as a judge for the Galliova (food journalism) Awards.
In 2007, Letitia received the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Award of Excellence as a finalist entrepreneur. The IACP Awards of Excellence are given annually to honor IACP members who are experts and leaders in their chosen field.
For more information on Letitia and the Institute of Culinary Arts visit www.icachef.co.za.