The Natural Chef Diploma Course - CNM Natural Chef and Vegan Natural Chef
Become a Natural Chef

The CNM Natural Chef Diploma Course

Course Overview

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

Anatomy and Physiology: 60 hours

Basics of Nutrition: 60 hours

Kitchen: 140 hours + 160 hours home assignments

Internship: 100 hours

CNM Diploma: Dip. Natural Chef

The CNM Natural Chef diploma course is a three-part course covering everything you need to know to become a successful CNM Natural Chef, from how the digestive system works, to building a culinary career! CNM’s Natural Chef training consists of 420 hours of life-changing education. You will then need to complete an internship of 100 hours.

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

CNM 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.

Become an Experienced Natural Chef

  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Nutrition
  • Food selection, food combining, pantry essentials, and food safety
  • Energetics of food
  • Flavour, taste, preparation, and presentation
  • Essential kitchen techniques
  • Recipe scaling and costing
  • Therapeutic menu planning and writing
  • Food therapeutics
  • Business and building a culinary career
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CNM Natural Chef Syllabus

Part 1: Anatomy and Physiology

Understanding how the body functions, especially the digestive system, is vital for a Natural Chef. CNM’s online short course in basic Anatomy and Physiology offers students an introduction into human anatomy, physiology and pathology. The course covers all body systems and provides a naturopathic insight into the body.

Part 2: Nutrition for Everyday 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 A&P or Nutrition you can seek an exemption from these parts of the course.

Part 3: Natural Chef Training

140 hours in the kitchen and 160 hours of 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.

Natural Chef Training is comprised of five modules:


  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Macro & micro nutrients
  • Types of diets (vegan, vegetarian, raw, cooked, paleo, etc.)
  • Flavour, taste, preparation, and presentation
  • Recipe writing and culinary maths
  • Best sources of food and ingredients
  • Energetics of food


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


  • Meat, stocks, broths, sauces, and stews
  • Vegetables, salads, fruits, grains, pasta, nuts, and seeds
  • Raw and not-so-raw, culinary herbs and spices
  • Beverages, superfoods, and food combination
  • Alternatives to sugar, table salt, dairy, gluten, and soya

Food for Health

  • Therapeutic menu writing and planning
  • Foods that support organ systems
  • Food therapeutics
  • Deliciously healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts


  • PR and Marketing strategies
  • Foods that support organ systems
  • How to build a successful culinary career
  • The law, accounts

Career Opportunities

The CNM Natural Chef qualification can open doors to a variety of careers. Options include becoming a Natural Chef in a restaurant, health café, or spa; working as a personal 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.

Student Experience

I have found the Natural Chef course to be all I hoped it would be and much more. I am amazed that not even half way through my course I am able to cook recipes to a high standard. I love the variation of different lecturer’s that we have. I love cooking in this team environment and get so excited by all the different food types we cook with. It’s been eye opening. I am so grateful for the support CNM offers and really enjoy the friendly, helpful learning environment.”
— Susanne Noakes, CNM Natural Chef student

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