Become an Experienced Vegan Natural Chef

Become an Experienced Vegan Natural Chef

The CNM Vegan Natural Chef Diploma Course

The CNM Vegan Natural Chef diploma course is a three-part course covering everything you need to know to become a successful CNM Vegan Natural Chef, from how the digestive system works, to building a culinary career! CNM’s Vegan Natural Chef training consists of 520 hours of life–changing education including the 100 hours internship in an external kitchen.

CNM’s Vegan Natural Chef training has been developed to meet the growing demands of a society increasingly interested in food that supports and promotes health.

CNM Vegan Natural Chef students are taught to prepare delicious gourmet meals that focus on nutritional value. Whole, organic, fresh, and minimally-processed foods are procured in season. As no single dietary regime is appropriate for everyone, we teach how individualised food can enhance health.

Course Overview

Location: In-class ( London )

Length of Study: 9 – 12 months, 520 hours, part-time

How the Body Works: 60 hours

Nutrition for Every Day Living: 60 hours

Kitchen: 140 hours + 160 hours home assignments

Internship: 100 hours

CNM Diploma: Dip. Natural Chef


Become an experienced Vegan Natural Chef and learn:

  • How the Body works (understand how food is digested and utilised).
  • Nutrition and Health (how food influences health and wellbeing).
  • Food combining, pantry essentials, and food safety.
  • Energetics of Food (what food is best for what type and condition).
  • Flavour, taste, preparation, and presentation.
  • Essential kitchen techniques (how to prepare food to get best nutrition out of it).
  • Recipe costing and scaling.
  • Therapeutic menu planning and writing.
  • Food therapeutics (what are the best foods for which condition).
  • What is truly vegan and what is not.
  • Business and building a career as a Natural Chef.
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Part 1 – How the Body Works

Understanding how the body functions, the digestive and immune systems and the gut brain axis. How food, environment and lifestyle affect the body on a cellular level. Knowing when to refer to a specialist.

Part 2 – Nutrition for Every Day Living

Food choices and how the nutritional values of individual foods impact our immunity, cognitive abilities and energy levels, is the focus of CNM’s classroom-based Short Course in Nutrition for Every Day Living (NEDL).

If you are already qualified in Biomedicine or Nutrition you can seek an exemption from these parts of the course.

Part 3 – Chef Training

140 hours in the kitchen, and 160 hours home assignments

Leading Natural Chefs will teach you essential cooking techniques. You’ll also learn methods for sourcing quality ingredients, culinary business principles, and the art of healthful cooking.

Vegan Natural Chef Training is comprised of five modules:


  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Macro & micro nutrients
  • Flavour, taste, preparation and presentation
  • How to create a healthy balanced vegan diet
  • Recipe writing and culinary maths
  • Best sources of food and ingredients
  • Energetics of food


  • Kitchen equipment, knife skills
  • Cooking, grilling, steaming, dehydrating, baking
  • Sprouting, juicing, fermenting


  • Master vegan sauces and stews
  • Use seasonal ingredients in an imaginative way
  • Work with tofu and tempeh
  • Vegetables, salads, fruits, grains, nuts and seeds
  • Raw and not so raw, culinary herbs and spices
  • Beverages, superfoods, food combination
  • Alternatives to sugar, table salt, dairy, gluten, soya

Food for Health

  • Therapeutic menu writing and planning
  • Foods that support organ systems
  • Food therapeutics
  • Deliciously healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert


  • PR/marketing strategies
  • How to build a plant-based culinary career
  • The law, accounts


Course Overview


CNM Natural Chef holds the ICSA certification from the Independent Cookery School Association

Graduates are eligible to join the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP) upon qualification

College of Naturopathic Medicine is accredited by Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC).

Career Opportunities

The CNM Vegan Natural Chef Cooking Course qualification can open doors to a variety of careers. Options include becoming a Vegan Natural Chef in a restaurant or spa; working as a private or retreat chef, or developing your own healthy catering or food business.

From cooking instructor, product developer, food and recipe writer, or cookbook author, to educating clients and businesses on how to prepare natural foods, the possibilities are endless.

“ I’ve joined CNM’s Natural Chef Diploma Course. I believe with the further training and credibility that comes with the qualification, I can really take my skills and opportunities to the next level.”

Kelly Little, CNM Natural Chef Student

Location and Directions

CNM Natural Chef, 25 Percy Circus, London WC1X 9EU

+44 1342 410 505

The College of Naturopathic Medicine is located in Central London, with great Tube & train transportation links:

St Pancras Station: 10 mins on foot.

Kings Cross: 10 mins on foot.

Euston: 10 mins via tube.

Farringdon: 15 mins via tube.

Contact Us

Please fill in the enquiry form below and one of our Course Consultants will be in touch. They can tailor a study schedule which suits your lifestyle and commitments. You can also call us on +44 1342 410 505 or email us at