The AHLE-X, in association with Chez Gourmet, brings you the Senior Pastry Chef Development Programme in Cape Town, South Africa run over a one-week period. The programme is designed to:

  • inspire you through exploration and experience;

  • provide you with an opportunity to work alongside chefs in industry for 4 days in a top 4 or 5 star hotel;

  • equip you with advanced patisserie skills through a series of practical training sessions

  • experience presentation techniques while enjoying high tea at two 5 star hotels

  • experience the best the Cape has to offer with a day out in the Winelands.

Who will benefit from the programme?

The AHLE-X programme has been designed for Senior Pastry Chefs that work in the Hospitality Industry that desire to gain more insight into Advanced Pastry Techniques in a City that is the tourist capital of South Africa. The programme is recommended for (but not limited to) the following roles:

  • Pastry Chef’s
  • Executive Chefs
  • Executive Sous Chefs
  • Sous Chefs
  • Chef’s de Partie

Your programme

To view the next dates for our Senior Chef's Programme please view our 2014 calendar here

The following programme outline provides you with an overview of the one-week professional development programme that you will follow whilst in Cape Town:

On arrival

You will be collected from the airport and transported to your accommodation.


You will attend the following practical workshops:


  • Sable Breton
  • Chocolate Puff pastry
  • Hazelnut Short Crust

Macarons and Éclairs:

  • Italian Macarons
  • Éclairs
  • Saint Honore


  • Create a gateau with the Hazelnut Short Crust as the base.

Génoise sponge

Torte Sabiosa

Chocolate Mirror Glaze

Chocolate Ganache

Vanilla Buttercream

  • Gateau Saint Honore

Crème Chiboust


Modern Macaron Cake

  • A half-day City Tour of Cape Town to orientate you with this beautiful city

  • Visit two top five star hotels to experience a High Tea

  • Visit to a patisserie

  • Visit Franchhoek (the food and wine heartland), for the day, where you will be able to take-in the culinary delights at leisure and lunch at a well known restaurant. 

Dinners Experience dining at a unique African restaurant. 

Week two

(Optional Extra at an additional cost of R1100.00 per day)

You will be hosted for 4 days in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Cape Town working alongside Pastry Chefs  from that hotel.

You will be transported to and from work to your accommodation for the duration of your industry placement.

Lunches and dinners

Lunch will be provided daily.

Dinner will be provided on 1 evening of the programme


During your stay your programme will be managed by hands-on facilitators who have hospitality and training management  experience. You will be accompanied on all field trips and they will be at-hand to assist you with whatever you need during your stay in Cape Town.

Feedback and reflection sessions

As part of your programme you will attend one feedback and reflection sessions where group members have an opportunity to network, share experiences and reflect on their learning.


You will be transported from your hotel back to the airport at the end of your two-week experience.

About Chex Gourmet

Chex Gourmet is a City & Guilds Approved Training Provider situated in Claremont Cape Town offering Chef's Training at Certificate to Advanced Diploma Level as well as a variety of Patisserie Programmes. Click here to read more about Chez Gourmet

What is included

Your programme includes the following:

  • Airport shuttles to and from your accommodation

  • Your attendance at all workshops and outings

  • Discussion and feedback sessions

  • Transport to and from your industry placement/workshops to your accommodation

  • Tours

  • All lunches during the week

What is not included

  • Your accommodation

  • Your flights

  • Lunches and dinners on your day off if you decide to stay for an industry placement

  • Dinners during the week except one day where dinner is provided

  • Your industry placement arrangements at an additional cost

  • Your personal entertainment

  • Transport unrelated to programme activities

Programme cost

The cost of the programme is R16900.00 payable as follows:

  • 30% non-refundable deposit which is payable upon registration

  • The balance is payable 30 days prior to the start of the programme

  • Please note that should you wish to book the industry placement portion then this will cost an additional R1100.00 per day which will be charged accordingly.

Please refer to Terms and Conditions by clicking here

Please click here to read more about what you can expect on your programme. 

Accommodation, flights, meals and spending money


Accommodation has purposely not been included as delegates may work for Hotel Groups that operate in Cape Town and hence can source reasonable accommodation.

AHLE-X has negotiated discounted rates for delegates, to find out more please click here for further information. 


Flight bookings also need to be made and paid for directly by the delegate.

Spending money

During the programme you have one day off and there are evenings where you are free and need to cater for dinner on your own. It is estimated that you will need an additional R2000.00 for meals during the programme. If staying for the additional 4 days of industyr placement, you will have one day off and you will need to cater for your own needs on this day. You may also wish to bring additional spending money to take additional tours, visit tourist attractions or shop! Please visit the Cape Town Tourism website by clicking here to see what is on in Cape Town.

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