Online Courses

Online Courses


Capsicum in conjunction with Lobster Ink bring you Chef 101
Are you passionate about cooking? 

Do you dream of building complex dishes with a range of techniques represented in various ways? 
Are you a novice cook wanting to understand the basics of culinary art? 
Are you a professional chef wanting to hone your technique and skill? 
Chef 101 is the course for you. 

Capsicum Culinary Studio in collaboration with the world’s leading culinary institute, the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and Lobster Ink, have built an online programme to guide you through culinary technique building blocks. Giving you the ability to launch yourself into further studies, a career as a chef or to become the world’s most amazing dinner host. 


20 Courses


A variety of cookingcwhich include numerous video tutorials and basic assessments that will teach you everything you need to know to conquer basic cooking techniques in the comfort of your own home. 

Learn at your own pace


Learn on your own terms.
At your own pace. 
Anywhere, any time.
Your access to this course is valid for 12 months from sign-up. 
Fees: R5000 including user license, access to subject matter experts and technical support. 

You will receive Certificates of Completion issued by Capsicum Culinary Studio and Lobster Ink. 
See courses below: 
  • 01. Food and Kitchen Safety - Awareness

    A serious kitchen accident or outbreak of foodborne illness can ruin reputations and end careers. Come to grips with kitchen safety measures with our food and kitchen safety awareness training course.

  • 02. Food and Kitchen Safety - Prevention

    Ensuring optimal safety and hygiene standards is vital for every professional chef. Follow the food safety guidelines and train your team on the practices, rules and procedures involved when implementing food safety standards.

  • 03. Nutrition Fundamentals

    The best chefs not only make delicious food, they also understand its nutritional importance. Study the fundamentals of nutrition, and learn more about proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals in food.

  • 04. Culinary Measures, Weights, Yields and Ratios

    Converting recipes from metric to imperial measurements, or vice versa, can be tricky. Learn all about measurement and weight conversion, ratios in cooking and how to modify recipes depending on the guest amount.

  • 05. Basic Food Science Principles

    Cooking is chemistry and, to cook well, chefs need to understand the principles of food science. This introduction to food science course offers an overview of the six basic principles of food science and how to use them.

  • 06. The Kitchen Family Tree

    Things can get pretty heated in a commercial kitchen, and without proper coordination it simply cannot function. Learn about the Kitchen Brigade system and the roles and responsibilities within the kitchen hierarchy.

  • 07. Knife Skills

    There is no such thing as a good chef with clumsy knife skills. Knowing how to handle, maintain and use different types of knives is crucial. Learn how to chop, slice and cut like a pro with this kitchen knife skills course.

  • 08. Cooking Techniques Part 1

    If crispy-skinned roast chicken, seared meat, or crunchy fries are on the menu, your team needs to know how to master dry cooking methods. Learn about the benefits of dry heat cooking and get to know its most common techniques.

  • 09. Cooking Techniques Part 2

    What is moist heat cooking? It’s the process of preparing flavorful dishes using moist cooking methods, such as poaching, braising, stewing and en papillote. Learn about these methods and the benefits of moist heat cooking in this course.

  • 10. Stock Production

    A well-prepared stock can make any meal sing. Know more about the foundation of stocks and fumet, the mise en place of stocks and how to prepare a high-quality stock.

  • 11. Sauce Production

    The sauce production course teaches sauce making basics with a special focus on the grand sauces. Knowing how to prepare different types of roux creates a solid foundation for the preparation of mother sauces.

  • 12. Soup Production

    When soup is made well, it shows a chef’s skill and knowledge. This soup course takes learners through the theory of soup and how to prepare various kinds of soup, including consommé, broth, cream soup, bisque and purée soup.

  • 13. Egg Cookery

    One does not simply cook an egg. Learn how to cook eggs with the skill, precision and respect this pantry staple deserves. Learners will also have access to our tried and tested breakfast eggs recipes.

  • 14. Vegetable Cookery

    This vegetable cookery course teaches the basics of identifying, preparing and cooking vegetables to best preserve color and create appetizing textures.

  • 15. Potatoes

    Everyone can make potatoes, but preparing potatoes like a professional chef takes skill. Learn about the components of a potato, how to define different types of potatoes and the best way to cook potatoes.

  • 16. Pasta

    Our pasta making course will teach learners how to make, roll, cook, serve and garnish pasta. Your team will also learn how to cook filled and unfilled pasta, and how to attractively plate pasta. Bon appétit! 

  • 17. Grains

    Grains’ relevance stretches far beyond the cereal section. For a start, they form the basis of the world’s diet. Knowing how to cook grains will take your team one step closer to mastering the foundations of cooking.

  • 18. Dried Legumes

    Legumes are so useful as a food staple that they’ve been grown and harvested for thousands of years. This course teaches the theory and method for soaking and cooking dried legumes, including chickpeas and black beans.

  • 19. Rice

    Rice is the oldest known food still widely consumed today. This course introduces learners to rice theory, the different types of rice and how to make rice pilaf, risotto, and steamed rice.

  • 20. Salads, vinaigrettes and dressings

    Fresh, delicate and healthy, the perfect salad is so much more than a pile of lettuce. Learn how to prepare salad, creamy dressings and vinaigrette, and become an expert in balancing textures and flavors in salads.

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