Vegan Chef Training Program

Australia’s #1 Vegan Culinary School

Gain professional chef skills, get hands on training experience, and work with organic and locally sourced plant-based produce in the biggest growth market in food today: Vegan Cuisine.

Traditional chef training programs require skill building around handling and cooking meat, meat preparation is not part of this training program. Veet’s renowned Vegan Chef Training is a one-of-a-kind training where all of the produce used is plant-based and organic.
Veet’s renowned Chef Training teaches you the skills and know how to create gourmet, nutritious and sophisticated plant-based food to add to your menu.

“Veet's course has to be the best I've ever done.  Veet's kitchen is a great space to learn in, she is truly inspiring and we produced the most amazing cuisine. We made our own signature dish which we got to invent and trial and all of them were restaurant quality! Such an amazing experience!!!”

Kiri Olsen, Mullumbimby Santos Wholefoods Manager

The Chef Training Program is for people who want to:

  • Train to become vegan chefs;
  • Learn in a safe environment where there is only plant based ingredients;
  • Work in a vegan cafe or restaurant; 
  • Start their own vegan food related business.
 
Attain skills in the kitchen that are taught to you by experienced professionals in each field of plant based cuisine including: 
Setting up your kitchen, knife skills, safe food handling;
 
  • Nutritional benefits of a vegan diet;
  • Food science including knowledge of the protein, minerals, vitamins and nutrients in vegan food;
  • The importance of sourcing and producing organic and ethical food;
  • Understanding conventional, traditional and modern styles of preparing vegan cuisine;
  • Balancing meals using wholefoods;
  • Developing your own food presentation style;
  • Guidance on creating your own business or applying for vegan chef work;
 
Learn the intricacies of plant-based cooking such as:
 
  • Raw Food Cuisine
  • Ayurvedic Cuisine
  • Macrobiotic and Wholefoods Cuisine
  • Fermentation and Sour Dough
  • Wedding and Celebration Cake Baking and Decorating
 
Discover the applications of vegan cuisine for:
 
  • Easy ways to adapt recipes to cater for individual dietary requirements
  • Creating delicious food for specific dietary intolerances or illnesses
  • Crafting interesting and complimentary menus and meal plans
As the training takes a predominantly hands-on approach, you will gain practical experience and be supported by industry professionals at every stage.
 
This program offers hands-on training experience with time in between training modules to practice your culinary skills, develop your recipes and menus, and prepare for skill demonstration during the following modules.
 
The structure of this program enables you to self evaluate your progress, and receive peer and trainer feedback, as well as support, throughout your time training at Veet’s Vegan Cooking School.
 

What you can expect from Veet's Vegan Cooking School

 Exceptional teaching and training from experts in the field of vegan cuisine.

 A highly professional training environment that cares for and respects the individual.

 A wealth of information and skills in how to prepare delicious and healthy vegan cuisine.

 A training that will get you started on creating your own business, or offer inspiration in your existing one.

 A launching pad to start your life of good health and great eating.

Finish this training program with:

 Your own portfolio of recipes

 A signature dish

 Restaurant quality food and your own unique presentation skills

 A cooperative of peers to cheer you on as you move forward in your career as a chef

This training doesn’t just teach you the knowledge, it gives you the training ground to put that knowledge into practice, and encourages you to tap into your creativity so that you can put your own individual spin on vegan cuisine.
“As Hippocrates said many years ago ‘Food is thy medicine and medicine is thy food.’ The vegan cooking school uses that as the basis of all cooking, theory and practice. Veet teaches in a professional, caring way. I have come away from each module with incredible experiences, recipes and knowledge.”
Amanda Attard
Owner of Sweets & Greens, Gold Coast

What You Will Learn & When

  Module 1 Foundation

Module Length: 3 Days  (This module can also be a stand-alone course. Read more about the 3 Day Foundation Cooking Course)

Module Outline

Day 1 Simple healthy sweet treats, preservative free cooking, staple vegan meals, health and hygiene in the kitchen, safety in the kitchen, vegan protein part one, knife cutting skills, cooking methods for beans, grains and vegetables

Day 2 Creative vegan breakfasts, vegan complete protein B12 iron and essential nutrients, soups and salads galore, knife cutting skills

Day 3 The science of baking and preserving, knife sharpening skills, timing in the kitchen, creating your own signature dish, sushi and twenty minute meals, ethical cooking and grounding techniques for staying calm in the kitchen

Dates

Dates 2019
September 12th to 14th
October 3rd to 5th
November 14th to 16th

Dates 2020
6th to 18th January
13th to 15th February
12th to 14th March
2nd to 4th April
7th to 9th May
4th to 5th June
13th to 15th August
17th to 19th September
19th to 21st November 

Module 2  Raw Cuisine

Module Length: 4 Days

Module Outline

Day 1 Simple raw cuisine including breakfasts, soups, salads, lasagne, dehydrating sweet things, food photography

Day 2 Dehydrating sweet treats, knife and mandolin skills, sauces and savoury dehydration vegetables, rice paper, nuts and seeds, sprinkles , modern raw cuisine South East Asian lunch and raw Mexican feast

Day 3 Dehydration crackers, pizzas and flat bread, flipping, , overnight raw cakes, working with agar in sweets and savoury (not technically raw)

Unit 4 Dehydration felafels and nut balls, middle eastern lunch box, simple raw cakes, raw pizza toppings, cake decoration, food photography

Dates

3rd to 6th September 2019

Module 3 Ayurveda

Module Length: 3 Days

Module Outline

Day 1 Learning to cook for the specific doshas, traditional Ayurvedic morning tea, lunch and dinner

Day 2 Ayurvedic breakfast, Fusion Ayurvedic, adapting the Ayurvedic principals to other cuisines, churnas and sweets

Day 3 Planning for specific doshas and Indian feasting meals following the Ayurvedic principals
Dates

16th to 18th September 2019

Module 4 Macrobiotic and Wholefoods

Module Length: 3 Days

Module Outline
Day 1 Macrobiotic cooking and overall principals, breakfast, nourish bowls, Japanese health food and sweets without sugar, plating up skills keeping food warm for service
 
Day 2 Healing with wholefoods, making milks, tahini and mustard from scratch, plating up skills part 2 
 
Day 3 Italian wholefoods
Dates

23rd to 25th September 2019

Module 5 Fermentation, Sprouting and Sourdough

Module Length: 2 Days

Module Outline
Day 1 Fermented bread and sourdough baking
 
Day 2 Sauerkraut, sprouting, kambucha and Jamu
Dates

28th to 29th September 2019

 Module 6 Dietary Needs and Establishing Your Business Part 1

Module Length: 4 Days

Module Outline

Day 1 Specific diets, gluten free and coeliac, making pastry, cakes and other specialty dishes

Day 2 Cooking for people with diabetes, hashimotos and diverticulitis

Day 3 Developing recipes for people with PKU

Day 4 Low FOD map diets, Gaps and Paleo diets following vegan principals, planning to prepare for any dietary requirement, establishing your business part one

Dates

12th to 15th May 2020

Module 7 Menu Planning, Food Photography & Establishing Your Food Business Part 2

Module Length: 5 Days

Module Outline

Day 1 Menu planning for cafes, creating menus from what is in season each day

Day 2 Menu planning for retreats and developing signature dishes, establishing your business part 2 
 
Day 3 Menu planning for retreats and developing signature dishes, establishing your business part 2 
 
Day 4 Menu planning for private catering, planning staff lunches, planning for work experience events
 
Day 5 Food photography
Dates

19th to 23rd May 2020

Module 8 Advanced Skills and Establishing Your Food Business Part 3

Module Length: 6 Days

Module Outline
Advanced Skills 
 
Day 1 Specialist baking, vegan wedding and celebration cakes
 
Day 2 Establishing a business part 3, specialist baking, vegan wedding and celebration cakes 
 
Day 3 Planning menu for graduation lunch and shopping lists for recipe development 
Preparing a meal for a community dinner
 
Day 4 Pasta from scratch, canapé recipe development, planning menu for graduation lunch and shopping lists for recipe development 
 
Day 5 Gyoza from scratch, vegan faux food, recipe development, testing and planning for graduation lunch 
 
Day 6 Recipe development, testing and planning for graduation lunch
Dates

26th to 31st May 2020

Module 9 Work Experience, Hands on Experience and Graduation

Module Length: 6 Days of Work Experience

Module Outline
Day 1 Work Experience in an established vegan food business
 
Day 2 Work Experience established vegan food business
 
Day 3 Cooking a meal for a community dinner
 
Day 4 Planning and cooking staff lunches and dinners, planning own graduation lunch 
 
Day 5 Preparing for your own graduation lunch 
 
Day 6 Cooking for your graduation lunch  for up to 70 guests
Dates

2nd to 5th JUNE 2020
9th to 13th JUNE 2020 (work experience and kitchen/class time)

Your Investment

Time Investment

Chef Training includes Modules 1-9

Module 1: 3 Day Training Weekend
Modules 2-5: 12 Days in September 2019
Modules 6-9: 21 Days in May/June 2020


Financial Investment

Module 1:  Vegan Foundation 3 Day Course 

$1006.50


Module 2-5

Full Price: $4862
(See below for Early Bird pricing - savings up to $400)


Modules 2-9

Full Price: $12,336.50
(See below for Early Bird pricing - savings up to $1850)

 

Early Bird Instalment Discounts

Modules 2 to 5

Full Price
$4862 if paid a module at a time or AFTER the 31st May 2019
 
First Round Early Bird
$4462 if paid BEFORE the 30th November 2019 (saving $400)
 
Second Round Early Bird
$4662 if paid BEFORE the 31st January 2020 (saving $200)
 

Modules 2 to 9 

Full Price
$12,336.50 if paid AFTER 1st March 2020
 
First Round Early Bird
$10,486.50 if paid BEFORE 30th November 2019 (save $1850)
 
Second Round Early Bird
$11,103.50 if paid BEFORE 1st March 2020 (save $1233)
 
For assistance with pricing enquiries, please contact us.
Individual Module Pricing
Module 1: $1006.50
 
 
Module 2: $1826.00
Module 3: $1138.50
Module 4: $1138.50
Module 5:   $759.00
 
 
Module 6-9: $7474.50
 
All prices include 10% GST.
Early bird payment rates may apply, please see early bird discounts information on this page or please contact us with your pricing enquiry.

Payment Plan

A deposit of $550 for each module enrolled in is required to confirm your place.
The remainder of due fees can then be paid off in instalments prior to course commencement.
 
 
ALL PRICES ARE $AUD AND INCLUDE 10% GST

 

Enrol in Veet’s Vegan Chef Training Program

FAQs

When are the training dates?
Module 1 - 3 day workshop, choose a date that works for you.
March 28th to 30th
April 25th to 27th
May 30th to June 1st
July  25th to 27th
August 22nd to 24th
October 3rd to 5th
November 14th to 16th
 
Module 2 - 3rd to 6th September 2019
Module 3 - 16th to 18th September 2019
Module 4 - 23rd to 25th September 2019
Module 5 - 28th to 29th September 2019
Module 6 - 12th to 15th May 2020
Module 7 - 19th to 23rd May 2020
Module 8 - 26th to 31st May 2020
Module 9 - 2nd to 5th June 2020 or 10th to 13th June 2020 (work experience and kitchen/class time)
Can you do the training if you don’t want to be a chef?

Most definitely, this training will set individuals up for a lifetime of healthy, fun and interesting eating as a vegan. The aim of Veet's Vegan Cooking School Training for individuals is for them to spread the enthusiasm for cooking well-balanced vegan food onto their families and friends. Learning ways to involve the whole family and in turn passing on the love of cooking and great nutrition to future generations.

How small are the classes?

Module one has a maximum of 8 students and all the other modules have a maximum of 14 students.

Does your course accommodate people who want to do the training for their own home use?

Yes most definitely. The course is designed so that if you are doing the training for your own health reasons you will be well supported in this and everything you learn will give you a sound understanding of how to stay healthy as a vegan.

Will I be able to get a job after the training?

If you apply for a job in a vegan or vegetarian café your skills learned and confidence attained during the course will definitely help in a job interview. The Vegan Chef and Lifestyle Training is well known around Australia and in some parts of the world so many vegan café and restaurant owners will know of the training.

If you want to start your own vegan food business you will have the confidence and know how on how to go about doing this.

Is there somewhere I can stay if I am travelling to do the training?

There are lots of accommodation options please contact us and we will send you a list of accommodation possibilities.

Is there a payment plan for the whole training?

Yes you can apply for a payment plan. To do that please ask about it when you put your application form in.

Download the application form here

Are all modules mandatory?
The foundation course (Module 1) needs to be completed first, and can be completed as a stand-alone course. Module 1 is a prerequisite to Modules 2-9. 
 
Modules 2 to 5 can be completed in any order. Once modules 1 to 5 are all completed, modules 6 to 9 then can be completed and need to be done all at once in consecutive order.
Is the chef’s training accredited?

The training is not accredited with any other institute. Unless you are prepared to handle meat no accreditation can be found for a purely vegetarian / vegan chef. What you will receive from this training is a comprehensive understanding of vegetarian / vegan cuisine and you will gain the confidence to either start your own business or become an expert in your field amongst the chef world. You will receive a certificate of attainment, a portfolio of recipes that will set you up for a lifetime of preparing vegan cuisine and references written for you by the trainers.

Can I do the training part time?

The training, in essence, is part time as it is spread over 9 weekends over 6 months. However you can spread the training over 2 years.

It is essential you pass the foundation module in order to continue with the training but modules 2 to 5 can be taken in any order so if you can’t do one of those modules in one year, you are able to pick it up the following year.

However for you to complete module 6 to 9 you need to have completed modules 2 to 5 first.

Can I apply for your course on a student visa?

If you are from overseas you will need to apply for a tourist or work visa to attend the training.

Where is the training held?

The courses are held in the Byron Shire. Presently we use community kitchens that have been set up commercially. Some are in Mullum and some in the hinterland.

How can I pay for the course?

You can pay through direct debit. Once your application has been approved you we will send you the details. Or you can pay via credit card. You would need to organise a time to call the school and a 1% credit card fee is charged by the bank.

Can I get a refund if I cancel a booking?

The terms and conditions of booking a course are as follows

  • To secure your place in an individual module or the full training of the course you will need to pay the amount in full.
  • Once you have paid for a module or the entire training no refund will be granted.
  • A full credit for a module or the training will be granted if you give more than 30 days notice to each module commencing.
  • If you cancel a module within 30 days and before 48 hours to a module starting you will be given a credit minus $250 administration fee. If Veet's Vegan Cooking School or yourself manages to fill your place with another participant then the admin fee will be waived.
  • If you cancel within 48 hours prior to any module starting you will receive no credit.
  • If you want to change a date of a module you are booked into you need to give 30 days notice and it will be subject to availability.
  • Once you have started any module and have to leave for any reason you will not receive a credit. If you want to make up the days you have missed they will be at your own expense.
Is there an advanced level after this program?
Yes there is a post-graduate program available for chefs wanting to become Cooking Class Facilitators.
Once you have completed modules one to nine you are eligible to apply for The Cooking Class Facilitator Training. This module is an optional extra and is part of the post graduate program.
 
The pot-graduate program is an eighteen day course broken up into three units and spread over eight months. It comprises eighteen full days of tuition plus eight days of assistant teaching (scheduled within your own timetable) and twelve hours of teaching practice at home or in a community based setting.
 
Contact us for training dates and pricing. 
“It is safe to say that Module 1 course exceeded my expectations. Veet was so generous when sharing her experiences, tips and creativity – we truly felt a part of her world! Although each student had their own specific goals, Veet was able to weave the course content to suit these individual needs, and everyone contributed to the delicious meals. This was a working kitchen – busy, focused and time-based – goals were set and roles were clear. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from Veet, as well as the other students on the course, and am more confident than ever to start my own vegan restaurant.”
Jason Lawless
Restaurant Owner, New Zealand
“The amount of skills and knowledge we learnt in the training, was the equivalent of years of knowledge for me, without lacking any information! I’ve loved being taught by Veet this year, she is such a knowledgeable down to earth woman, and she is always there for any questions. I would 100% recommend doing this course, it has benefitted not just my nutrition knowledge, but the skills I will need to one day open up my own catering or food related business.”
Sammy Flook
Director of Core Health, Sydney

How To Apply

To apply to take part in the next intake of Veet’s Vegan Chef Training, please click the button below to fill out the enrolment form. We will contact you within 3 business days to confirm acceptance into the program and organise payment to confirm your place in the program.
 

 

Vegan Chef Training Terms & Conditions