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Welcome to the Francois Ferreira Academy

The Francois Ferreira Academy has been providing quality, accredited training in Culinary Art and Hospitality in George in the picturesque Garden Route. George is regarded as the fastest growing city in South Africa, where families from all over the country are moving to for a better quality lifestyle.

The Academy has a state-of-the-art modern kitchen, and staff that have a wealth of experience both professionally as well as academically. Students are given the opportunity to develop and grow in a safe environment that is conducive to study, and where they experience work placements in world class restaurants and hospitality establishments.

The school has become a home away from home for many of the students from as far as Cape Town, Gauteng and even across the border.

The staff cares about each and every student’s development and takes pride in their careers and advancement in the hospitality industry.

With a variety of National and International qualifications to choose from, and the very high standard of tuition, it is easy to see why the Francois Ferreira Academy students are so sought after by establishments both locally and abroad.

“Allow your passion to become your purpose,
and it will one day become your profession”

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy of achieving excellence through constant practice, improving knowledge and skills remains the same, even as we grow to meet the needs of the culinary and hospitality industries.

The Francois Ferreira Academy equips students with the essential culinary arts and hotel management skills, to work efficiently and effectively in the hospitality industry as skilled chefs, hotel managers, and trained kitchen assistants and servers. We provide our students with the opportunity to obtain an International qualification (City&Guilds and CTH) and a National qualification (QCTO and CATHSSETA).

The Pioneers of The Francois Ferreira Academy

The Francois Ferreira Academy was established in 2004 by renowned Chef Francois Ferreira, who is known as South Africa’s Food Evangelist, which is a perfect description, as the fervor with which he lives and breathes food is pure inspiration. When one studies the life and achievements of his energetic personality, you cannot miss the thread of passion which runs deep and vigorously through each moment he lives, works and plays. At the epicenter of it all, just one thing stands out…food.

The Teaching Spirit of Chef François shines through in all the areas of his life, and he is constantly searching and discovering new ingredients, dishes and new talent. Recognised by the most prestigious culinary organisations in South Africa, Chef François is at the core of the South African culinary world.
Denise Lindley joined the team as Vice Principal of the Francois Ferreira Academy in 2014. After a lifetime in Industrial Catering Management, she still follows her passions of food and wine.
A member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, the South African Chefs Association, the Institute of Hospitality, a former Restaurant and Hotel Assessor with the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa and wine connoisseur. She brings a wealth of experience with her to the FFA.

Due to the growing number of students, the Academy moved to a brand-new premises situated at Mount View Resort, in George, where students are trained to be top chefs, in a fully equipped modern kitchen with only the best quality equipment.

Being an accredited training provider, the FFA have expanded their scope to include Skills Development Training Programmes in the hospitality and tourism sector, and offer customised training packages where training can take place on or off-site.

The Benefits Of Studying At The Francois Ferreira Academy?

  • All subjects are facilitated by professionals in their respective fields.
  • Guest lecturers presenting specialist lectures and master classes on topics such as plating, styling and new directions in the culinary world.
  • A maximum of 20 students taken per group, which assures them of individual attention.
  • Students being placed in top class hotels and restaurants for mentorship (practical industry experience), which often results in permanent placements once they have completed their training.
  • FFA is located in a beautiful and safe environment in the City of George, situated in the Garden Route which is a Tourism Mecca.
  • Provides students with the opportunity to obtain a National and International qualification


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Tel: 044 884 0765

Mount View Resort, 1 York Street
George, Western Cape
South Africa

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