Natural Chef

Make a career out of what you love and who you are.

Approved by the State of Colorado Department of Private Occupational Schools since 2005.

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June, 2022 Chef Training

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Natural Chef – Diploma

The curriculum in this training supports the skills and thinking for anyone wanting to work in the food industry. Knowing how to troubleshoot, invent, create a personal style with the simplest, cleanest, ingredients in the most efficient, cost productive way is useful for anyone who works with food. This program prepares graduates to have a thorough experience of plant-based ingredients, beyond the usual dishes that are popular. They will have tools to up-grade well-known dishes and translate traditional recipes into whole, plant protein, low – no sugar, gluten-free dishes.

Lab Sessions

Teacher mentoring during lab sessions are held throughout the nine month training utilizing online technology to take place in each student’s kitchen. The student teacher ratio is one teacher for two – three students. Teachers observe and communicate directly with students privately and in groups, while they practice the details of Intuitive Cooking and technicalities of cooking methods.

Select A Training Start Date

Please, complete the application ahead of the due date. Although this training is online with a beginning and end date, it is very important to be prepared for a rigorous focus and organizing your life before the starting date.

We collect applications and design the schedule that fits each participant while grouping people into groups of up to six.
Groups will meet weekly, online, Monday, Wednesday, or Friday.

Start Month
Application Due Before
February  2022 12/21/2021 10/2022
 June       2022 04/19/2022 02/2023
October   2022 08/20/2022 06/2023

Times of day are communicated in Mountain Time–between 8:30 am – 6:30 pm. Virtual lab sessions are three – six hours.

Catalog Required Reading

Watch this sample of the weekly class meetings – 12 minute video

The students of the October 2020 Natural Chef – Diploma training share in their weekly class meeting.

The teacher is Sofia Paixão who teaches from her studio in Portugal.

There are 27 more weekly lessons.  This training begins by building a foundation of understanding.  Students learn to observe their dishes in their process of learning The Language of Intuitive Cooking.

Demonstrate a level master and proficiency in plant based cooking
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15 – 25 HOURS A WEEK











Natural Chef graduates demonstrate a level mastery and proficiency in plant based cooking.

This program supports goals for the following work situations:

• Product development
• Food blogs and book writing
• Educator
• Professional continuing education
• Food service – trucks, restaurants, cafes
• Menu design
• More….

Full commitment from instructor/mentors throughout your training who will guide and grade your achievements. Our classes are small, and our standards for graduation are high.

SNC is one of the few state approved private occupational schools in the United States, any educational training that prepares potential professionals is a
vocational school.

When approved as a state department of higher education school, we are required to maintain standards of business, both fiscally and quality of professional instructors. We are required to have insurance for the location where we do hands-on training and to be able to reimburse students for any un-earned tuition due to business failure to deliver.


Details and Inspiration
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Intuitive Cooking

Kitchen Setup

Visual Rhythm

Energetic Nutrition

Meal Composition

Amazing Grains

Earth Angels

Romancing The Bean

Soups & Sauces

Tofu, Tempeh, Seitan

Vegan Desserts

Living Foods

Natural Breads

Recipe Translation

Chef Skills