Vivienne Ford - CNM Natural Chef and Vegan Natural Chef

Vivienne Ford

Vivienne Ford

The course has an incredible reputation in the industry”

One of the great things about CNM is its incredible reputation. When I reached out to food businesses to secure an internship, everyone had heard about CNM and the Natural Chef course – it’s very well-regarded. Knowing I’ll be able to secure work when I graduate is so reassuring.

I wanted a proactive career in preventative health

I’ve always had a real passion for health and food. A couple of years ago, I decided to change careers as I wanted to do a job where I could help people with their health. I couldn’t decide on whether to study medicine or nutrition. After much research, I ended up going back to uni to study to be a paramedic. I soon realised it wasn’t a career for me as it’s a very physical job; however, what I did take away from the experience was that I wanted to go into preventative health. Having seen lots of people suffering with conditions such as diabetes and obesity, I realised I needed a career where I could be proactive, rather than reactive. With the right diet and lifestyle, many health issues can be prevented.

A perfectly balanced course that offers flexibility

I started looking at other courses, but I couldn’t find the right one for me. They were either solely focussed on nutrition or cooking; I wanted a mixture of both. I was randomly searching on Google and I stumbled across the Natural Chef course offered by CNM. It sounded perfect for me and included everything I was looking for in a course – the nutrition basics, practical cooking and a flexible study programme I could fit around my family. It had very good reviews and the syllabus looked fantastic.

Shortly before I enrolled, I mentioned to a chef I’d met on holiday that I was thinking about studying the CNM Natural Chef course. She told me the course is brilliant and that it’s highly regarded in the chef community.  Hearing this affirmed I was making the right choice.

Learning from experienced industry professionals

What I love most about the course is the high calibre of lecturers and their depth of knowledge. All the lecturers are very experienced, having worked for some of the best restaurants and food brands in the industry. I’m learning so many new techniques which I can use straight away such as sprouting and fermenting foods.

I now have so much confidence in the kitchen

Being able to help my family and cook them nutritious food has been a big motivator for me. The course has given me so much confidence in the kitchen. The step-by-step process of how to put dishes together has been inspirational. It’s opened my eyes to herbs and spices too; I’m learning how to make flavoursome plant-based food without having to add fat or sugar. I can now create dishes from scratch, such as sprouted lentil hummus, something which would I would never have thought of before starting the course. I’m really looking forward to what lies ahead, especially the lectures on therapeutic menu planning.

I’ve met some amazing people on the course and I’ve forged wonderful friendships. I’m studying with people from a range of different backgrounds; I love hearing about their experiences and approach to food as it enriches my knowledge.

A comprehensive course in a supportive environment

In the future, I would love to teach people in the community to cook healthy meals with simple and inexpensive ingredients, particularly individuals with health conditions or on low incomes. Cooking healthy food doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated.

My advice to anyone thinking about studying the Natural Chef course is: go for it, you won’t be disappointed! It’s a very comprehensive course and the theory and practical components are perfectly balanced. It’s also lots of fun and everyone supports each other.

Interested in becoming a natural chef. Get in touch with us today

More Graduate Stories

Vanessa McNiven

‘I would definitely recommend CNM’

Camille Knowles

‘I just published my first book!’

Olivia Nottin

‘I chose CNM because of their recognition’

Ursula Lake

‘I’ve written my own recipe book’

Driekie Zietsman

‘Thank you CNM for showing me how to live healthier!’

Ilaria Ambrogi

‘I was so excited my dream course existed!’

Rena Patel

‘CNM Natural Chef Course has opened so many doors for me’

Michelle Asher

‘The Natural Chef course has changed my life’

Caroline Lazell

‘Qualifying gave me a massive sense of achievement’

Cheryl Thompson

‘It provides all the skills required’

Loretta Lee

‘I’m so glad that I pursued my passion and went for it!’

Kieu-My Pham Thai

‘I managed to really leave my corporate career without regrets’

Nena Foster

‘I turned a hobby into a career’

Carolyn Nichols

‘The lecturers are experts in their field’

Adria Wu

‘I am now writing my own cookbook’