The Professional Certificate Course Curriculum Modules:
Module 1 - Plant Based Health & Essentials & Plant Based Nutritional Science - The Facts & Myths
Module 2 - The Art of Advanced Fermentation & The Science of Gut Microbiota & Probiotics
Module 3 - Liquid Nutrition. Smoothies, Seed Milks, Slow Cooked Soups & Cold Pressed Juices
Module 4 - The Kitchen Pharmacy. Medicinal Herbs & Medicinal Mushrooms. Tonics, Teas, Tinctures & Extractions
Module 5 - The Art of Raw Gourmet Chocolate & Healthy Light Refined Desserts
Module 6 - Raw Food Dehydration. Crackers, Breads, Crisps, Cookies & Wraps.
Module 7 - Molecular Gastronomy. Raw Preparation Skills & Sprouting
Module 8 - Raw Gourmet Meal Demonstration. Costing, Planning,Writing & Executing a Menu.
Module 9 - Practical & Written Exam. 5 Course Gourmet Plant Based Menu Presentation
Module 10 - Plant Based Skin Care & Cosmetics which are Raw Vegan Organic & Edible
Module 11 - Lifestyle Medicine & Functional Health
Module 12 - Raw Food on The Go & How to Travel and Thrive on Plant Based Health Foods
Our Most advanced course is Level III: Professional Raw Food & Conscious Living Program
This advanced 12-week course is available Onsite (3500) and Online (1750). This is a professional certificate course in plant based nutrition and raw food mastery, After purchase you are given permanent access to the 12 modules online, which consist of comprehensive notes, scientific articles, videos, recipes, methods and resources.For each module there is a written and prcatical homework assignment culminating into a comprehensive written and practical exam. On completion of this course you are certified as a plantrician, plant based chef & coach. This is the most comprehensive and least expensive plant based course available anywhere.You are expected to invest at least ten hours per module. You can take one module per week or month, at the pace that works with your schedule. We are offering the Online Course for just 1,750 Euro One off Payment and the Onsite Course is just 3500 euro payable on a paymnet plan of deposit and 4 Monthly payments. Our course fees make our courses much more accessible offering a much more comprehensive and professional certificate for much less than other raw chef programs with living light institute or mathew Kenney school. Our onsite course takes place over 12 consecutive weeks at our custom raw kitchen in Dublin 22, Ireland.
Our 12 Module Professional Certificate Course has been developed based on over 25 years of professional culinary experience and over 13 years of raw veganism. Our course director runs a busy clinic for many years as a plantrician working with clients presenting with many chronic diseases , Darren brings together plant based nutrition, expert psychobiotic research and psychotherapy into his work and teachings. Darren has also run two of his own successful fine dining restaurants and has travelled the world researching raw foodists and raw food cafes & restaurants. Darren brings this wealth of wisdom, insights and research to all the modules bringing awareness to the common pitfalls of veganism and plant based diets and how to really thrive on plant based diet for optimum health and well being. Darren is 13 years a strict raw vegan and adheres to a strictly organic diet full of nutrient rich refined raw foods, herbal tonics, prebiotics and probiotics.
Module 1 - Plant Based Health & Essentials & Plant Based Nutritional Science - The Facts & Myths - Single Module 350 Euro
Raw Food Essentials is an Introduction to raw cuisine, which provides a thorough orientation to our program and philosophy and a thorough discussion about the effects of raw food, the raw food lifestyle, the enzyme theory, the conflicting science surrounding the raw food diet and potential pitfalls of raw vegan diet. On this module the students will learn the basics of raw food, what is raw and what is not raw food. Students will learn some of the basic but essential recipes for creating gourmet raw cuisine such as sweeteners, thickeners and emulsifiers. Students will learn about eating the rainbow, exploring the different colors of fruits and vegetables and learning how to maximize absorption of essential nutrients, minerals and phytochemicals from raw foods. This module also emphasizes acquainting the students with basic kitchen equipment, proper handling and use of ingredients from soaking to slow cooking, and standard food safety guidelines. Some of the highlights of this module will be learning about healthy sweeteners, as the world is addicted to sugar and those in health movements becoming addicted to using toxic sweeteners such as agave syrup, Finding the right low glycemic healthy tasty sweeteners can be a challenging endeavor but worth while journey giving the negative impact sugar as on our health.
Module 2 - The Art of Advanced Fermentation & The Science of Gut Microbiota & Probiotics - Single Module 500 Euro
The Art of Advanced Fermentation is one of our most popular courses. It is a repertoire of many many years of fermenting research and experimentation. On this module students will learn very basic lacto fermentation such as Kimchi, sauerkraut and pickling fruits and vegetables to wild fermentations such as Tepeche from Mexico and Smreka from Bosnia to advanced fermentation techniques such as second stage medicinal mushroom and Gynostemma Kombucha, Blue cheese without cashew nuts and blueberry yogurt. Students will learn how to work with raw cultures such as water kefir grains and Kombucha. This Module provides a thorough lesson on the art, history and science of fermentation and gut micro biome, how to use probiotics, which probiotics to use and basic equipment needed for fermentation. Making guilt free extremely healthy vegan cheese that tastes so good without using high fat toxic nuts like cashew is a real highlight of this course.
Module 3 - Liquid Nutrition. Smoothies, Seed Milks, Slow Cooked Soups & Cold Pressed Juices - Single Module 500 Euro
On this Module, we cover Smoothies, Milks, and Soups & Juices through a frame of nutritional science and maximum optimal nutrient absorption. We set out to challenge the current dominant concept of smoothies, which are generally not very healthy, and we take a real close look a juice, a Green Juice is not just a juice that is green. This module gives a master class on making stocks and world-class soups including slow cooked soups, cold soups and warms soups full of flavor and extremely healthy. This is also a master class of the best nut milks you ever tasted using turmeric, Spirulina, coconut, Goji berries, cacao and much more. This Module provides a thorough lesson on how to make the best soups, smoothies, juices and milks possible but also all equipment needed to make this happen including an overview on juicers and blenders.
Module 4 - The Kitchen Pharmacy. Medicinal Herbs & Medicinal Mushrooms. Tonics, Teas, Tinctures & Extractions - Single Module 500 Euro
Module 4 focuses on herbal preparations, extraction methods and tincture making using medicinal herbs and mushrooms from a number of herbal systems including Chinese, western and Ayurveda traditions. Students learn which extraction method should be used for in order to extract the most medicine from barks, mushrooms, roots, leaves and flowers. You will discover cold extractions, warm infusions, decoctions and a number of different techniques to use to extract medicine from herbs. This is a fantastic introduction into herbalism including advanced theory, technique and recipes. The beginning of an exciting journey with plant medicine from St. Johns wart to kava to turkey tail mushroom.
Module 5 - The Art of Raw Gourmet Chocolate & Healthy Light Refined Desserts - Single Module 500 Euro
The Art of Raw Chocolate module for obvious reasons is a very exciting and enjoyable class, as everybody loves chocolate. In this module we go into the science of chocolate, the biochemistry, is it plant medicine or neurotoxin, how to temper chocolate, how to make perfect truffles and professional chelate bars & how to create decadent raw desserts without the usual toxins agave and cashew nuts. Students will learn about using Irish moss, other thickeners, emulsifies to replace eggs to make light desserts, agar agar and date paste. This is a master class in the art, history and science of raw chocolate and healthy guilt free sugar free raw desserts.
Module 6 - Raw Food Dehydration. Crackers, Breads, Crisps, Cookies & Wraps. - Single Module 250 Euro
Raw Food Dehydration module is a master class in Crackers, Wraps, Breads, Crisps, Donuts, Cookies, Pancakes and other health savory snacks. Students will discover how to create soft raw breads, which are extremely pleasing and healthy. How to manipulate recipes to create wraps, crisps and crackers with intense flavors unlike commercial raw dehydrated products. There will also be class discussion around the science of food dehydration and the arguments for and against dehydrated foods.
Module 7 - Molecular Gastronomy. Raw Preparation Skills & Sprouting - Single Module 350 Euro
Molecular gastronomy, this is where science really meets culinary. This class focuses on raw vegetable preparation skills, professional chef techniques, Sauces, Salads & Sprouting. For the keen food scientist you will learn how to use a number of techniques such as spherification, smoking, gelification, foaming, slow cooking, Spiralizing, marinating, quick pickling in order to manipulate ingredients in such a way to create art on a plate, to enhance flavor, and to break down the cell wall to make the ingredient more palatable and more nutritious. The highlights of the class is learning to make amazing sauces, incredible salads and preparing fruits and vegetables in so many different ways to create amazing raw dishes.
Module 8 - Raw Gourmet Meal Demonstration. Costing, Planning,Writing & Executing a Menu.- Single Module 250 Euro
Module 8 focuses on recipe and product costing, all culminating in the menu creation and presentation in Module 9. On this Module the professional chef and course facilitator will present a sample 5 course raw meal that you will taste and ask questions about. Students will learn about producing and costing marketable raw vegan goods, the basics of ingredient costing, converting units, how to factor waste and small amounts of ingredients into the price of a product, and how to determine a final selling price and achieve optimal gross profit margin.
Module 9 - Practical & Written Exam. 5 Course Gourmet Plant Based Menu Presentation - Single Module 250 Euro
Module 9 is the Practical Exam. Students will create and present a typed or hand written professional 5-course menu along with the dishes contained on the menu in a simple refined, professionally and well-presented fashion. The menu will include sale prices and cost of sales. This is the ultimate test for any chef and aspiring chef or raw food vendor. This module is where all information and learning from previous weeks comes together. Students will be critiqued on their presentation.
Module 10 - Plant Based Skin Care & Cosmetics which are Raw Vegan Organic & Edible -Single Module 500 Euro
Module 10 is all about the foods that feed the largest organ of the body, which is the skin. Students will learn how to create amazing raw vegan organic edible cosmetics including toothpaste, Moisturiser, hand soap, mouthwash, shower gel, shampoo, face cream, face masks, perfume, toners and massage creams. This module brings awareness to everyday chemical exposure and its impact on health including elimination of healthy bacteria and compromising the immune system. In Ayurveda it is said don’t put anything on your body that you can not eat, we take this very literal and show to create everyday skin care, cosmetic and home care products that are not only safe, organic and non toxic but also edible.
Module 11 - Lifestyle Medicine & Functional Health -Single Module 350 Euro
On This module students will learn about the bigger picture, health outside of diet that we call Lifestyle Medicine. Students will learn and discuss therapies and treatments for stress reduction, immune health, lymphatic health and state of well being including psychotherapy,conscious parenting, tantra, dance, colon hydrotherapy, massage, yoga, sauna, meditation and rebounding. We will also explore a number of clever devices such as grounding products, zappers and Scenar device used for optimum health and disease prevention. On this Module we will also taker a closer look and review of the nutritional science that has been referenced throughout the course. Students will gain access to elaborate; comprehensive and world-class functional health treatment plans for people suffering with chronic illness and gastrointestinal disorders.
Module 12 - Raw Food on The Go & How to Travel and Thrive on Plant Based Health Foods - Single Module 250 Euro
Module 12 is the final class of this advanced course. During this module, students will learn techniques to stay healthy and thrive whilst traveling including how to achieve optimum hydration and health during flights without compromising with toxic water and plane food. Our course facilitator has travelled all over the world researching raw food places and practices and has much information and tips to share with you about staying healthy whilst traveling including legal simple process to overcome liquid restrictions on flights. Students will also learn a number of on the go recipes that can be fantastic for traveling.
When I got pregnant for first time in 2013 I started taking diet more serious, I wanted to give my baby and myself the best nutrition possible to ensure we have a nice, healthy pregnancy and we I did. When my little girl started to eat her first bits of food I discovered that she loved lots of the things I have been eating during pregnancy so I start searching for more info on raw food for kids. She is 20 months now and I have seen her grow healthy, strong and smart. When she was 10 months I got pregnant again and it was around this time that saw the Raw Mastery Course. I decided to do it because I wanted to learn more about things that I haven't yet explored, such as raw chocolate, fermentation and dehydration but also because I wanted to get quicker at the raw kitchen and have more ideas, with two babys now I didn't have that extra time to search on the internet or books . I needed practical recipies and the whys of some of the things in the raw world.. The course was much more than I expected.... I loved it and it gave me the confidence to keep feeding my family knowing that I am giving them the best. I learned how to make yogurts, chocolates and lots of new things that my little girl loves. Thanks Darren to share all this wonderful information.
I am so happy that I got the opportunity to do this course, I found it very life enhancing and made me look at diet and nutrition in a whole different light. Everything about it was so professional and the food that was prepared was always of the highest quality and most nutrient packed.
I really enjoyed the broad range of topics, from learning how to prepare fermented yoghurt and cheese, kefir and kambucha, herbal teas to delicious pies and desserts etc. I also enjoyed the non food elements of the course, eg. lifestyle etc. The class notes were superb and the contacts gained are invaluable as Darren was very generous with his information, time and follow up. A really great course to inject taste into food and life.
This was a very comprehensive course covering so many aspects of a raw food lifestyle not just the food exclusively. The knowledge and research that Darren shares is very honest and it is delivered in a compassionate atmosphere that put me at ease.I have learned so much that I'm beginning to incorporate into my life . The food we tasted was a treat to look forward to every week. It was great to know that raw vegan food is not only healthy but delicious. Made lovely friends to with my fellow learners which was s bonus . Highly recommended all round.
The Raw Mastery course I took part in last year was just amazing! I'm really grateful I had a possibility to take part in this, thanks to your support regarding fees. I would not be able to even dream about this if not your kindness! This course really changed my life, it was so different than any other thing I experienced in my life. I did not realized this straight away, but the change happened slowly, week by week, month by month, with small tiny changes in my diet, my lifestyle and my attitude. When I started the course it was really difficult moment in my life, with many things happening, lots of fear and decisions to make and terrible depression that I had difficulties to deal with. Every single day was a struggle for me and every single day was filled with thinking what's the point of being on this planet. There is still a lot to improve but thanks to you, I'm on a right path. Our Monday meetings was something I was looking forward to, I wasn't too open on the course, but deep inside I appreciated every single moment, every advice that Darren gave us, every meal he prepared and the energy that was present there. Darren is a great person, he had so much patience, compassion and love for us. For the first time I felt nobody is judging me or my choices. His knowledge and skills are amazing and I've learn a lot! I feel grateful that he shared all this with us. And all herbs, spices, fermented foods and other ingredients in his kitchen, breathtaking! It was a pleasure to be there, to taste, to talk, to listen, to laugh, to smell... The course content was just perfect, on every single level, with the resources that opened my eyes on new possibilities. As English is not my first language I'm not able to express my gratitude good enough and I don't have all the words to say how much I enjoyed the course but hopefully you'll understand what I wanted to say 🙂 I wish you the best and hope that one day I'll take part in other courses organised by the Institute. THANK YOU.
This course is a 'must do' if you care about yourself! The information covered is enlightening even if you don't plan to adopt a raw diet. Darren researches and lives everything he teaches & he knows the most effective ways to live a healthier life. If you do one course this year, do this because what could be more important than your health!
Plant based academy-culinary food course is genuinely the creme de la creme of plant based cooking courses that are out there The modules are so informative, varied, interactive, creative and fun The learning has opened my mind so much ! It was such an exciting experience The space where we learned was intimate and had everything necessary to smell, taste and experience first hand Darren has such a kind approach to those new or even just curious about the vegan lifestyle I’ve met some wonderful people- we really bonded, encouraged each other and swapped lots of other info. Related to holistic well being I have a full time job and travelled from kerry to attend the classes but I always left Dublin feeling inspired and motivated - totally worth the investment Darren keeps things simple but interesting and is always very encouraging I have a much better understanding of the food-mind-body connection and can’t wait to keep growing and learning from experimenting in the kitchen Many thanks to Darren and my class mates for Sharing such a beautiful experience together
Best choice I could have made. I thought I had some knowledge yet it appeared that there is so much more.. Medicinal mushrooms, fermentation.. I was amazed every class. Always the highlight of the week and especially with the small cohort that soon became a family! Will miss the regular classes, atmosphere, interesting learnings and Darren as passionate, knowledgeable, compassionate teacher.
Took interested in the course after talking to someone who had done it last year. Was a bit doubtfull and the fact I would have to travel from Galway made it even more complicated but all these doubts disappeared after my first class! I am vegan and really love healthy but the course had elevated the food thinking and lifestyle to a new dimension! Worth every minute.Darren is brilliant and his love and passion for healthy life will encourage anybody!
I gained a great understanding of raw food through attending Darren's classes. He is a wealth of information and practices what he preaches.
Enrolling for this course was one of the best decisions I ever made. The classes were very in dept and thorough. Darren the course tutor is very accommodating and more than helpful and patient. I met some amazing people on the course also. Completing the course has giving me the confidence to go on and open my own business in the industry.
I can't recommend the course enough.
This 12 week course was a fantastic way to really understand a plant based diet and to start introducing into your life . I would highly recommend it .
I attended the Raw Food Mastery Workshop with Darren from Jan to Apr 2018. It was a life-changing experience and I met wonderful people in the class. Darren has an incredible Soul and is very knowledgeable. I really liked the fact that he has taken a true holistic approach to plant-based food. Very passionate about the subject, he has done a lot of research and knows how to share the information with his students. I am taking home so much in terms of tips and enlightenment. Darren was also always available to his students when we had questions. I can only highly recommend the course - you will not be disappointed.