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

The CNM Vegan 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 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 420 hours of life-changing education. You will then need to complete an internship of 100 hours.

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.

Become an Experienced Vegan Natural Chef

  • Anatomy & Physiology, and Nutrition
  • Food selection, food combining, pantry essentials and food safety
  • Energetics of food
  • Working with plant-based proteins
  • Flavour, taste, preparation and presentation
  • Essential kitchen techniques
  • Recipe scaling and costing
  • Therapeutic menu planning and writing
  • Food therapeutics
  • Business and How to build a vegan culinary career
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CNM Vegan Natural Chef Syllabus

Part 1 – Anatomy & Physiology – 60 hours

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 Every Day Living – 60 hours

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 – 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 combined 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

Career Opportunities

The CNM Vegan Natural Chef 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.

Recent Graduates

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

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