Frequently Asked Questions2021-09-05T16:15:23-06:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take the Natural Chef – Certificate / Diploma if my goals are to be a good cook for the health of myself and family first?2020-07-06T14:08:28-06:00

Many students like to earn the credentials from the School of Natural Cookery even if they have no clear professional goals upon entering the training.

The advantage to the Natural Chef training is the support from the platform, staff and the accountability a student has to move through a massive amount of experience and information.

What are my career options?2020-07-06T14:09:07-06:00

The most powerful tool you will have from this training is the ability to adapt to all situations.

The goal is to use this training as a jumping off place to find the industry format that brings most of you and your interests together.

As an expert in plant-based ingredients from the “whole food ” the source, you will understand enough on how to :

  1.  set up a kitchen
  2.  design recipes and troubleshoot for product development
  3.  plan menues
  4.  invent dishes for recipe blog or book or magazine
  5.  food product development, writing – blogs and books
  6.  work in or create your own food service: restaurant, cafe, food – truck
  7.  private chef
  8.  teaching
Where do I start the Natural Chef – Certificate/Diploma?2020-07-06T14:09:56-06:00

Read the catalog to the end.

Make sure you have your questions answered either through email or private meeting if necessary.

Apply for the Natural Chef – Certificate/Diploma

Schedule   interview

Receive acceptance letter

Block out your study time and dates on your personal calendar

Complete enrollment agreement

Prepare your kitchen – receive workbook, textbook, knife, ingredient & tool kit

Are there any discounts or scholarship offered?2020-07-06T14:12:05-06:00

Natural Chef training with a single payment discount $530

Natural Chef applicants in the health care/health coaching industry may also qualify for an additional $500 discount

SNC scholarship application – partial scholarship for Independent Study or Natural Chef.

Request application letter

State of Colorado residents, Wyoming residents, can apply for workforce grants/scholarship through their local county workforce office

United States residents can inquire with their local workforce office.  Identify the person in charge of financial support for vocational training opportunities.  Contact us with their name and contact information and we will full-fill the application process to be a “supplier” in your area.  This takes some tenacity and effort for an applicant.  Let us know where you are in your process.  We will do everything we can.

Veterans –  When the veterans administration allows online learning, we will qualify for your payments from the VA.  But we have run into conflict with them in the past – pre Covid-19.  Please keep asking your office to approve  our approved vocational school to use the funds for your education.  We will go through the application we need to with the VA. So, please let us know your progress and we will do everything we can.

How much does it cost?2020-07-06T14:13:46-06:00

Independent Study Essentials:  $1,700     6 monthly payments  $287

Natural Chef Certificate: $10,970     Cash payment $10,300

Payment plans with $1500 down

Discounts / Scholarships / Grants

What if I have technical problems?2020-07-06T14:14:18-06:00

If you have technical issues, please send a detailed message to The support team will review your issue in get back to you within 24 hours. For urgent issues connecting to one of the web meetings, please notify the instructor facilitating the class. The instructor will do some basic troubleshooting of the issue and contact the support team directly if help is required.

There is additional technical information located in the resource library:  Preparing for the Course e-book located in the online classroom.

How will I learn to cook in a virtual format if we are not together in a studio?2020-07-06T14:15:51-06:00

We are teaching a thought process with which to observe good cooking and not good cooking.  The language we use to format the process of building dishes without a recipe, fixing dishes that are “off”, inventing dishes that have never been experienced before, becomes the structure for interaction with teachers, other students sharing, and with one’s self during the creative process.

The training classroom has over 250 videos for students to be in an up-close classroom.  Each video is one or two single points of information technically important for each lesson.  It is recommended to store notes from these presentations in the workbook, and then take the workbook with detailed notes into the kitchen to practice.  From your notes you will invent a dish and learn to observe the transformation of the ingredients.

Students study with following interactive tools embedded into our university level online classroom:

  • textbook
  • workbook
  • videos
  • pre-recorded  live-virtual group meetings
  • interactive forums
  • grades and comments from teachers on each assignment
  • shared folders of classmate’s homework submissions
  • quiz
  • learn to take high level photos of your work
  • submit photos of your homework with an interactive template that trains you to think in a language without relying on recipes


I prefer to work with other people, classmates. How can I do this studying at SNC?2020-07-06T14:16:53-06:00

The group of students in each training have the option to connect with each other in a variety of customary virtual ways.

The language we use in the training is an opportunity to share not just communication but a unique way to unravel problems and curiosities in cooking in addition to sharing sketches of dishes you have made.  Classmates can evolve to business partners because you get to know them and what they can really do.  Classmates become life-long friends.  It’s really up to you.

Technology will allow us all to share out kitchens and dishes we make during workshop/labs.   It is a unique bonding.  Whenever possible you will be grouped with other students who share your geographical area.

Is there a certificate?2020-07-06T14:17:49-06:00

If you are looking for a certificate, you will be in the Natural Chef  – Certificate/Diploma training.

Graduates with an 85% or higher GPA will earn a Certificate/Diploma.

I don’t reside in Colorado, so as far as the Natural Chef certificate/diploma goes, when is it required for me to be on site?2020-07-06T14:18:36-06:00

We no longer require Certificate/Diploma students to attend an onsite workshop to complete their training.

What kind of support is there for helping me after graduation?2020-07-06T14:19:05-06:00

The School of Natural Cookery does not offer a formal placement service. However, we often receive requests for graduates and provide information about opportunities. If you are interested in hearing about them, you will know about the opportunities. We also try to match graduates with opportunities

I am health practitioner.2020-07-06T18:35:52-06:00

Doctors, nutritionists, and health coaches  automatically receive a discount. Independent study $125   Natural Chef $500

The Natural Cook training is known to be the missing link between what you are wanting  your clients to achieve with their food choices and HOW to actually do that. It is premised on your goal to support your client.

Doctors, nutritionists, and health coaches  automatically receive a discount. Independent study $125   Natural Chef $500

Schedule a meeting to see if you would like to recommend our program to your clients and see the benefits for you.

Is there a teacher training?2020-07-06T18:40:46-06:00

The cost of becoming  a Natural Cook® teacher can be paid during the (paid) apprenticeship / teacher training that follows graduation of the Natural Chef program.

Teacher trainees are asked to study as an observer and a Teaching Assistant and then to run their own full training supported and observed by master teachers.

Qualified teacher candidates are invited into a 14 – 18 month commitment which turns into a valuable resource for SNC to hire teachers.

Schedule a meeting to find out more.

Can I be an instructor if I don’t teach the SNC method?2020-07-06T18:41:52-06:00

We ask anyone wanting to teach at SNC to supply us with a topic content and background on their unique qualification to deliver the information.

Not clear what your goals are? Would like help to decide which program to enter?2020-07-06T18:42:51-06:00

You will want to look at your life’s commitments and time available to study.  If your goal is to have The School of Natural Cookery, certificate/diploma, to begin or enhance a profession with plant-based expertise, then the Natural Chef is for you.

  • The Independent Study  format is a great way to study without the pressure of meeting assignment submissions weekly.  You still have access to an instructor in live, virtual, meetings online.    Fifty percent of your tuition paid for this course may be applied  the Natural Chef Certificate.
  • The Natural Chef training is approved by the State of Colorado Department of Higher Education as a Private Vocational School program.  It is experiential and highly accountable commitment with mentor / teachers over 9 months.
  • Schedule a virtual meeting with an instructor after you read the catalog
Is lodging included in the Studio Workshop sessions?2020-07-06T18:43:20-06:00

We are not offering on-site workshops at this time.

Where are the studio’s located?2020-07-06T18:44:56-06:00

Our studios are near Boulder, Colorado and near Lisbon, Portugal.

I have work commitments. Can I still be successful in taking the Natural Chef – certificate/diploma?2020-07-06T18:45:40-06:00

People do work and fit this program into their daily / weekly life.

A minimum of 25 hours depending on the students ability to manage their time and  integrate the information.

Often people are misled in thinking that an online training is more lenient than a show-up in a classroom format. While it is true, the study hours are flexible to fit into anyone’s schedule who is busy with work and family, and the cooking assignments can be used for your meals, it is a university level commitment to submitting homework on-time, commitment to attending the weekly web meeting time, blocking out days and half days for workshop/lab and communication with your instructor.


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