Natural Chef


The Natural Chef Training Program offers a fresh take on the culinary arts by training students in the professional execution of nutrition-based, restorative cooking. Our hands-on focus emphasizes nutritional and restorative cooking techniques and recipes, beauty in presentation, and mastery of necessary kitchen skills.

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Our uniquely tailored business curriculum, delivered through the Bauman Business Institute, is integrated into the program to make career dreams a reality. The professional culinary education we offer emphasizes the use of fresh, seasonal, organic, unprocessed, and local foods and goes beyond traditional culinary schools by teaching students how to cook for optimal health. This comprehensive education will prepare natural chef students for a wide variety of food-related careers in different types of businesses upon graduation.

Culinary students have access to a recipe database through Modernmeal, an official technology provider to Bauman College, which allows students to publish their recipes online, calculate nutrition information, create shopping lists and menus for potential clients, and connect with other culinary professionals.

Bauman College continues to support students after graduation with robust Alumni Resources so that they have the tools they need to achieve their career goals and stay connected to the Bauman College community.


Culinary Foundations
Farm to Table: Culinary Techniques
Culinary Careers Panel
Restorative Cooking for Optimal Health
World Cuisine: Flavor Profiles + Restorative Benefits
Final Presentations
Culinary Showcase
In-House Culinary Hours
Culinary Externship


Putting your Education to Work
Personal Branding
Self-Assessment + Exploration
Defining a Target Market + Developing a Specialty
Building Your Professional Identity
Social Media I: Building an Online Presence
Social Media II: Social Media Platforms
Social Media III: The Marketing Funnel
Food Photography + Styling
Organizing + Managing an Effective Job Search
Job Search Follow-up + Negotiations
Writing a Business Plan
Starting a Culinary Business
Running a Culinary Business
Ready for Business Portfolio

Learn more about the Bauman Business Institute for Natural Chef Students

For a complete description of the Natural Chef Training Program curriculum, tuition and fees, schedules, and more, please view our catalog.

The Natural Chef Training Program is offered in Berkeley, CA.