The In-Fusion of Durban


Renowned, award-winning local cooking school, owned and run by formidable husband-and-wife chef team, Shaun Smith and Caryn England Smith, officially opened Fusion Cooking School’s Musgrave campus on Friday, 11 March.

Principal, Chef Patron & SA Chefs Director

Associate Principal, Chef Patron & SA Chefs Director Shaun Smith

Fusion’s been running since early 2000s as a school from its Westville base, and has its eponymous restaurant in the same Silvervause centre that the new campus is in. The restaurant has established a name in the industry and city since opening 7 years ago, and is run by senior lecturer and head chef, Candice Jordaan, and the school’s new restaraunt, Fusion French Cafe, which recently opened at the Alliance Française, is headed by chef and Fusion alum, Zandria de Nobrega.

“We have a different approach to management style.” explained Shaun Smith. “All of our lecturers are still involved in the industry by running the restaurants. This keeps them at the “coal face”, so to speak, and entrenched in the reality of industry.”

Caryn England, Principal and Chef Patron

Caryn England Smith, Principal and Chef Patron

The Musgrave campus is earmarked to focus on 1st and 2nd year Diploma students, Chef Occupational Trade Certificate students, Saturday Part-time Certificate students and Pastry Students. It will also be utilised as a skills development kitchen for industry training and up-skilling. The Westville campus is predominantly for 3rd year students, corporate research and development projects, team builds and evening classes.

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It’s one of the local proudly Durban cooking schools that creates an international impact, with students continuously winning various awards and accolades in global and national chef competitions.

There’s been an increase of local campuses cropping up by privately owned national cooking schools, and its becoming apparent that there’s talent to be found in Durban, especially now that there are these great opportunities available by schools such as this with which to cultivated it.

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For further information on part time, full time and evening courses, contact Louise de Beer on or call them on 031 262 0621 or visit


(L-R) The Fusion Management Team: Louise De Beer (School Administrator), Tayla Schou (Lecturer & Sous Chef), Shaun Smith (Principal & Chef Patron), Maurice Sacher, Caryn Smith (Principal & Chef Patron), Candice Jordaan (Senior Lecturer & Head Chef), Zandria De Nobrega (Lecturer and Pastry Chef)

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Chef Shaun Smith with Little Chef Jamie Rylan Smith

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