Frequently Asked Questions

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General

What if I have technical problems?

If you have technical issues, please send a detailed message to support@naturalcookery.com. 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.

I don’t reside in Colorado. When is it required for me to be on site?

Currently all of our programs  do not require a student to study on-site.

The times for live classes are published in Mountain Time.

Make sure you are aware of the time zone for your live, virtual classroom.

Do you have video I can watch before signing up?

Yes, you will receive some follow up videos if you also download our catalog.

The classroom content is about 75% of the training and the videos support this.

If you need more details, or would like to see the classroom, just let us know.

Another option is to enroll in a training with the monthly  payments and use The Natural Cook Collective area to stop your access.   This is the best way to see what we have and thoroughly explore if this is a good training for you. 

Help deciding which course to take?
♦  THE NATURAL CHEF

If your goal is to have The School of Natural Cookery – diploma to begin or enhance a profession with plant-based expertise, then The Natural Chef is for you. The Natural Chef training is approved by the State of Colorado Department of Higher Education as a Private Vocational School program.  The training is experiential, highly accountable, requiring a commitment with mentor/teachers over nine months.

 
♦  THE NATURAL COOK

Independent Study

If you like to take your time, and have no pressure to accomplish this training in any kind of time restriction, The Essentials For Becoming A Natural Cook and The Complete Training For Natural Cookery options offer all you need to travel through the self-guided curriculum. You will explore the topics in the Open Classroom while learning techniques, and slowly integrate concepts of The Language of Intuitive Cooking™.

Immersions

The Immersion format brings the essence of a lifetime training into your own kitchen, with teacher-mentors and classmates. It’s a great training format combining the online classroom together with our unique guided curriculum.

For students who like the structure of weekly live class/labs with the guidance of a teacher-mentor.

This is the most efficient and affirmative way to study The Language of Intuitive Cooking.

How long does it take to study?
The following is an estimate of what students have done. Everyone studies differently.  The Natural Cook training options are designed to not have any pressure about how long or how you want to move through the training.  
 
♦  THE NATURAL CHEF

Students should allow a minimum of 25 – 30 hours a week to absorb content over 9 months.

 
♦  THE NATURAL COOK

Open Classroom: Independent Study

The Essentials For Becoming A Natural Cook

3 months studying 12 hours a week will give students a quick integration. 

The Complete Training For Natural Cookery

Studying 12 hours a week for 9 months will provide a good experience of all the content.

Immersions

These live, in your kitchen, scheduled sessions are to embellish and speed the learning in both The Essentials and The Complete. 

The Essentials Immersion is 6 week commitment

2.5 hours lab each requiring 12 hours of study and practice 2  weeks before the start date and during the the 6 weeks.

How much does it cost?

There are two things to think about — the cost of your Training Tuition and the cost of The Natural Cook collective membership.

The cost of membership is always $26.90 a month or save with a $258.24 yearly payment.  This subscription model payment allows us to provide flexibility for students so they choose how fast they want to move through the training material.  Allowing students to manage their account in order to suspend, up-grade, renew or cancel.  

Tuition cost varies according to the training option you select. There are monthly payment options and discounted prices for single/yearly payment options.  These tuition payments include The Natural Cook Collective fees;  they only begin at the end of the tuition payment period. 

However you only pay this tuition ONCE.  Then  – The Natural Cook Collective will support your choices. 

Our prices vary according to content and style of learning. 

Please study the individual options under the Training pages and you will see prices on each training description. 

The Natural Cook

I prefer to work with other people, classmates. How can I do this studying at SNC?

At this level of training Immersions become the best way to bond with other students. 

Tuesday Talks is available to meet with teachers. It is an open forum yet all questions and concerns are addressed.

Is there a certificate?

 

This level of training options does not qualify for an award.

It is a lifestyle support program. 

Do you have video I can watch before signing up?

Yes, you will receive some follow up videos if you also download our catalogs.

The classroom contains 75% of the training material of which 25% is video.

If you need more details, just let us know.

How much does it cost?

There are two things to think about — the cost of your Training Tuition and the cost of The Natural Cook collective membership.

The cost of membership is always $26.90 a month or save with a $258.24 yearly payment.  This subscription model payment allows us to provide flexibility for students so they choose how fast they want to move through the training material.  Allowing students to manage their account in order to suspend, up-grade, renew or cancel.  

Tuition cost varies according to the training option you select. There are monthly payment options and discounted prices for single/yearly payment options.  These tuition payments include The Natural Cook Collective fees;  they only begin at the end of the tuition payment period. 

However you only pay this tuition ONCE.  Then  – The Natural Cook Collective will support your choices. 

Visit the Training page to learn more and discover costs of training options on each description page. 

The Natural Chef

Natural Chef Training Graduate Opportunities?
What kind of work will the Natural Chef training prepare me for? 

This is a great question to reflect on whether a culinary artist’s skills and knowledge will be marketable. 

 

A successful graduate will have a level of mastery cooking whole, plant-based ingredients.  Learning the structure in an artist’s training based on the creative process, you will be pushed to go deeper into how you organize and express dishes for any kind of diet.

Can I work in a restaurant? 

We have been training people continuously for over 30 years.  Some choose to work in a restaurant and others choose to create their own style of business.  There are many styles of commercial food service venues from food truck to hospitals and schools.  You will be taught how to cook and design menus for intimate and large groups.  We usually recommend graduates identify and reach out to established businesses they admire to “learn” the rhythm of different kinds of “service.”

Your diploma from The School of Natural Cookery along with a letter of recommendation offers valuable confirmation of your accomplishments.   

Private coaching from our successful graduates is also available.

 
What are graduates doing? 

Graduates lean toward private/personal cheffing, teaching, designing recipes for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, VegNews, Dietitian’s Journal and others. Some graduates have written definitive cookbooks, gravitate to blogging, product development for the packaged food industry, and building their own business based on their passion. Other graduates are nutritional consultants and use their training to design menus for clients.  Another business opportunity is available in a leadership role as an advocate for healthcare.

The Natural Cook training becomes a thread in the tapestry of your life.  It will strengthen the courage in all aspects of who you are.  If you are an athlete, coach, artist, musician, or person healing an illness, it will merge your identity into a marketable skill or service.

Can I take The Natural Chef – if my goals are to be a good cook for the health of myself and family?

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?

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” as the source, you will understand enough on how to:

  1.  set up a kitchen
  2.  design recipes and troubleshoot for product development
  3.  plan menus
  4.  invent dishes for recipe blog, 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
Is there a certificate?

The Natural Chef graduates with an 85% or higher GPA, participate in the lab sessions, and who have successfully passed the final exam will earn a Diploma.

 

The Natural Cook graduates of The Core Essentials Certificate – Immersion who participate in the live labs, forums, and quizzes will receive a Certificate of Completion.

What kind of support is there for helping me after graduation?

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 in our Alumni Forum.

 

We also try to match graduates with opportunities as they come into the school.

Is lodging included in the Studio Workshop sessions?
We are not offering on-site workshops at this time for students who are not enrolled in an online training option. When the on-site training options are available there will be notification within the School classroom.   
 
If we plan a live on-site event for new students not enrolled yet, you will be notified through our occasional email campaigns.
Do you have video I can watch before signing up?
Yes, you will receive some follow up videos if you also download our catalogs. If you need more details, just let us know.
Natural Chef Training Timing?

Is this the right time for me to commit to a 9 month training? 

Chefs are managers.  They manage multiple experiences inside and out. The Natural Chef – diploma program includes physical, mental and emotional strategies to support a student’s skills. 

Communication with the teacher is key, including about how you are managing your schedule.  Please review in the catalog options and policies for unforeseen circumstances that might interfere with you completing the training.

If you are cooking  at least three times a week, your assignments can easily be worked into your schedule.


We recommend you find a rhythm in the week to study, shop, cook, upload assignments, and preview the topics in the upcoming lesson.

1 – 2 hours to acquire kitchen and pantry items

6 – 10 hours to study and take notes on the topics of the week.  This should be done in a quiet place with access to high speed internet, but not a kitchen. 

5 – 10  hours to cook the assignments

1 to 2  hours to record upload assignments

1 to 1.5 hours for weekly meetings with mentors and classmates online

 

Lab session preparation and workflow goes like this:

You will need to arrange your life to fit the scheduled days and times for live meetings and lab sessions.  During the enrollment process you will know the exact schedule.

Two lab sessions, six hours each: scheduled dates and time in the first month and the last month.   

Four lab sessions, three hour each:  2.5 hours in the kitchen plus .5 hour in classroom

 

How much does it cost?

Please download a catalog for a full description of costs, payment plan options, partial scholarships, and enrollment process details.

 

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