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Posts Tagged ‘vegan cooking programs’

10Oct
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Want to expand your vegan cooking skills?

Author: Molly Patrick

The vegan world is opening up.

There has been a shift in the last year, mainly due to celebrities, talk show hosts, authors, and political influencers that has made veganism less weird/elitist/ granola/cult-like/bland/fill in your adjective here, and much more, just a way to eat.

People like Ellen DeGeneres, Alicia Silverstone, Bill Clinton,Oprah Kris Carr ,Carrie Underwood, Mike Tyson, Kathy Freston, Leah Michele, Steve-O, Bob Harper, and Robin Quivers have all had a positive influence on making “Vegan” seem less like a religion and more like a healthy, happy way to eat.

This bodes well for the future of the vegan  industry.

Restaurateurs, cookbook authors, personal chefs, and wellness coaches are all verticals that will benefit from incorporating a splash of vegan to their offerings.

The above areas have also proven to be successful being vegan all their own.  This will likely have people becoming more curious about where to go to learn about vegan food.

There are currently 5 schools/programs that are worth learning more about if you’re thinking about diving into the world of vegan food.

Natural Gourmet Institute

The Natural Gourmet Institute is located in New York City. They offer a 619 hour program that focuses mainly on plant based foods but also incorporates preparation techniques of seafood, eggs, and chicken.

Natural Kitchen Cooking School

The Natural Cooking School is located in New Jersey and only allows 12 people per program.

The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts

The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts offers a 900-hour Professional Chef Training Program. The school is located in Austin Tx. Out of all of the schools on this list, this school seems to be the most intensive. They train in the following areas: vegan, macrobiotic, vegetarian, Ayurvedic, and raw and living food.

Living Light Culinary Arts Institute

Living light is located in Fort Bragg, CA. They offer training in raw vegan cuisine.

Bauman College – Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts

Bauman offers  Natural Chef training (450 hours) as well as training to become a Nutrition Consultant (700 hours).

You might get some vegan teachings at Bauman but they also incorporate meat and seafood in their curriculum.

If you want to learn more about vegan cooking but you don’t want to go to school to do it, you can always look online and find people/groups who do classes on a more informal basis.

craigslist.org and meetup.com are good places to start.

Whichever the method, now is a good time to have a little vegan up your sleeve!