Natural Chef Training Program - 450 hours
Classroom - 5 months - plus a 6-week independent Culinary Externship
The Natural Chef Training Program is committed to the development of nutrition-based, therapeutic chefs who are artists in food preparation and presentation. Coursework emphasizes nutritional and therapeutic cooking as well as a mastery of all necessary kitchen skills, including knife skills and ServSafe® requirements for safety and sanitation. In addition to culinary skills, instruction in business development, marketing, and large-scale food production will help prepare students for a wide variety of careers upon graduation.
Classes explore a diverse mixture of culinary topics such as alternative food preparation techniques, how spices from world cuisines can benefit health, and therapeutic applications of food to help avoid illness. Students learn a unique approach to the culinary arts and leave prepared to promote health and wellness through food.
In-house Culinary Skill Hours further hone students' culinary prowess, while an independent Culinary Externship allows students to have hands-on experience in the area of their choice: as a personal chef or caterer, in a natural food restaurant, for a community kitchen, at a retreat center, in a cooking class, and more.
Natural Chefs are in great demand as the need for good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices becomes more apparent in our fast-paced world. Natural Chefs are trained to provide people with health-promoting, delicious, and beautifully presented meals. The Natural Chef Training Program prepares students for careers in the blossoming health and whole foods industry with the added benefit of leaving as a ServSafe® Certified Food Manager. Graduates work as personal therapeutic chefs; caterers; culinary educators in health spas, clinics and hospitals, health food stores and retreat programs; and specialty food product entrepreneurs.
Although Bauman College does not offer placement assistance, the business classes in this program are designed to prepare students for networking, large-scale food production, and applying natural food cooking skills to a variety of niche businesses within the culinary industry. The externship component of the program offers students the opportunity to experience the application of their studies in real-life settings. Employment opportunities are regularly submitted to Bauman College from private and corporate entities. Students and graduates may view these opportunities through the Employment Forum Board. In addition, we match students with specific employment opportunities from within our community connections. Current law prohibits any school from guaranteeing job placement as an inducement to enroll students.
Spring and fall classes meet three days per week, totaling 15 class hours each week with a few exceptions where classroom instruction could total up to 18 hours in the week. Students should plan to spend half as much time on homework and individual study as they spend in class.
Classes are offered in Berkeley and Santa Cruz, CA and Boulder, CO
Natural Chef Classroom Schedules
Natural Chef Curriculum
- Course Orientation and Culinary Fundamentals
- Culinary Theory and Practice
- Natural Baking and Pastry
- World Cuisine
- Therapeutic Applications
- Farm to Table
- Final Presentations
- Client Services
- Culinary Showcase
- In-House Culinary Skill Hours
- Culinary Externship
CEU credits for RN’s are available. Bauman College is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 11401, for 280 contact hours for the Natural Chef Training Program.
Required Computer Skills
Use of a computer is required to participate in the Natural Chef Training Program.
Please review our Technical FAQs before applying.
Dress Code Requirements
- Chef coat, white - provided
- Skull cap to restrain hair - provided
- Waist apron, white - provided
- Chef pants, black, hounds-tooth, or black/white checked - independently purchased by student
- Chef shoes, black, slip resistant, hard, closed toe and closed heel - independently purchased by student
- Socks must be worn at all times
- Beards are permitted, but student may be asked to wear a beard snood
- Mustaches must be kept neatly trimmed and may not extend below the corners of the lips
- NO long fingernails, fingernail polish or decoration, or fake fingernails
- NO jewelry except plain and smooth bands. Students must be prepared to remove their facial piercings should it not comply with the safety and sanitation standards determined by Bauman College.