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L1 Intro to Plant Based Vegan Training (5 Day Intensive)

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Course Location:
Palma Mallorca Island Spain
Recipes Included:

Level 1 Introduction to Plant Based Vegan Training is a certificate course focused on improving people's skills on using non-animal plant based products to make mainstream vegan dishes that taste amazing, and to develop dishes that meet health and food allergy objectives, as well as understanding how respecting religious or belief dietary requirements can be a pathway to larger acceptance of plant based vegan cuisine.


The L1 course is offered in various locations around the world. When selecting dates of your course please note the location of the course.


  • Monday- Friday 10H-13H, 30 minute break, 13:30H-16:30H (10 sessions)

Vegan Gastronomy Culinary Academy's cooking school is a niche/specialty school in the art of elaborating vegan dishes. The training program is for using your existing skills as a skilled home cook, aspiring chef, restaurant or hotel cook or chef and taking it to the next level. The series is offered in ten (10) sessions spread over 5 days. The course provides the building blocks of plant based vegan cuisine to replace conventional dishes that use animal based products. 

The foundation of the training is focused on understanding how to create desired flavors using all parts of the plant kingdom. The training evolves to help you understand preparation techniques to reach desired textures, aroma and appearance.

Areas covered (changes seasonally) may include how to use and create spices and mixes, nuts, legumes/beans, sea plants, mushrooms and fungi, grains, roots and shoots, and coconuts. 

Our classroom/teaching style is master class demonstration by instructor followed by students making and recreating the same dishes. A small portion of training encourages and demonstrates to students how to elaborate their own dishes based on skills learned during their training.


During your course you will be sampling and tasting dishes during each course you create. Students will be creating 6-8 recipes a day used in multiple dishes and will be given short breaks to taste and eat dishes. Any leftovers can be taken from the academy in student supplied container.


Upon completion of the course you will be issued a Certificate of Completion.To receive a Certification of Completion from our academy program that you can use on your CV or to pursue other employment opportunities you must complete the following:

  • Attend all courses and participate in projects
  • Comply with code of conduct


There is no specialized experience needed to take this course but basic kitchen experience is suggested. This is a course primarily designed for students that are experienced home cooks, or existing restaurant cooks, that want to expand the portfolio by adding international dishes to their portfolio.


We provide you an apron to wear at the academy during training. You are required to wear black t-shirt, long black pants, and comfortable closed toe shoes.  You are not required to bring any kitchen equipment unless you would like to bring your own chef knives. We provide you all tools including knives, blenders, forms, dehydrator, etc.


Vegan Gastronomy Culinary Academy provides an after school online Food Safety to Level 2 learning program to take your training to a higher level

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The following are not covered in tuition price.

  • Travel to and from academy in Mallorca Spain, Dublin Ireland or Sydney Australia
  • Room/Accommodations are not included in pricing


  • This course is NOT Gluten Free and anybody who is intolerant, allergic or is a celiac must know that gluten is used at our academy. We do teach Gluten Free recipes but it must be known that there is no way for us to guarantee any cross-contamination.
  • We do use products that are readily available from grocery stores that are vegan. We do at times also teach you to make selective products where it can improve flavor, reduce cost, or improve texture and taste.
  • We attempt where possible to use organic produce (based on availability)
  • We do not adjust recipes in class for dietary needs or personal preferences, however we are happy to offer advice on how to achieve alternative results for when chefs return to their kitchens.




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  • 5
    Fantastic for Chefs!!!

    Posted by Swylvester (Poland) on 4th May 2018

    Fantastic experience. I have learn much more then I expected. Vegan egg is UNBELIEVABLE !!! Recommend this course to any professional chef. It's life changing in your career. 5 days course gave me 1000's ideas for new vegan dishes. People there are amazing. Stephanie and Jessica are super friendly, smiley and extremely knowledgeable, best teachers I ever had. Manuel is some kind of "super-human" could listen to him all the time. He knows everything about food! Can't wait to go for another course!

  • 4
    Cooking Chef training

    Posted by Mina on 7th Mar 2018

    It was an interesting experience to cook at the academy. Not always kind and sometimes challenging for my ego but I've learn interesting tricks and technics that I enjoy working with. Thanks to the team for the time and the energy they gave.

  • 5
    Level 1 - Introduction to Vegan Cuisine

    Posted by Aileen on 19th Oct 2017

    The Level 1 – introduction to Vegan Cuisine course is an intense course, not for the faint hearted. As a novice to vegan cooking, I can say that I have learnt a lot about vegan ingredients and how to use them successfully. Since doing the course, I have more confidence. I thank the tutors and my fellow students for being patient and sharing their knowledge.

  • 4
    Vegan Level 1

    Posted by Kathleen Loke on 17th Oct 2017

    The course is informative and the instructors are very knowledgeable and very willing to share.

    Here's how it goes: you're in a kitchen with a group of 10 people and a 1 or 2 instructors. The school gives you course materials and recipes before the start of the "term". After going thru' the course materials, you're then told to go off to make dishes based on the recipes, sometimes the class will "cook" together. The cooking together is (in my opinion) my favourite part of the course as it encourages questions and interaction.

    The pace of the course was welcoming, though I thought certain subjects should be given more time for discussion, e.g. food allergies, plating, flavour.

    Overall, I had a good learning experience at this school, and met many beautiful people with the same values and ideals as I do.

  • 4
    Good Job .

    Posted by Alex on 17th Oct 2017

    Coming to this culinary school was a interesting and beautfiul journey, I met amazing people that share the same passion for food and also health. From them , I learned a lot of useful stuff that I can use in my cooking journey.
    Even though a few of my questions were not fully covered, the information was very helpful , the teachers were interested in showng their knowledge, one in particular, Steph ( i loved her enthusiasm and passion for the vegan cuisine ).
    I learned that I need to have confidence at all times, and that I am ables to use my passion and creativity to the fullest no matter what, as long as it's done with love for food, animals and people . I am grateful for the people I met, the friendships that were created ( my classmates have an important part in this, with their energy and amazing cooking skills ).
    I hope this school continues sharing their knowledge to all people that come from every corner of the world and have the passion for cooking and also getting more involved in the mission that most of us share, making the world a healthy and better place .Thank you all

  • 5
    Great experience

    Posted by Katarzyna W. on 13th Oct 2017

    I am very happy with the experience I had in the academy. I've learned many new things, both practical and informational. The course was a great opportunity to meet similar minded amazing people and make friends. Personaly I would benefit from more practical traning if the course lasted longer. Stephanie was my favourite teacher, very passionate and enthusiastic.

  • 4
    Fulfilling experience

    Posted by Koralia on 12th Oct 2017

    The overall  experience  of the course was fulfilling. I've learned  so many things as it comes to culinary and marketing  practices, but most  importantly  I met people that marked me forever. The one thing that I felt missing from the course was the personalised feedback from the instructors that would make me better in order to meet their expectations. The sure thing  is that  I'm leaving the island as a whole different person, something that I'm grateful for.

  • 4
    Amazing Experience

    Posted by Thomas Hladky on 12th Oct 2017

    After finishing the Level1 Introduction to vegan cuisine class i feel much more confident with plant based cooking. It was a very informative and rememberable class. From sessions about learning und understanding the bases to fine tuning and even creating own dishes. Definitely not a walk threw the forest as it can get very challenging but that´s part of gastronomy right? :) Overall a amazing and life changing experience. Glad i did it.

  • 4
    Excited and satisfied!

    Posted by Loes on 12th Oct 2017

    Im excited and satisfied about the content of the course and what I've learned during these intense two weeks.

    I'm rating the course a four because of the balance between the information and the practical part. The information that was given was a perfect fit for me, very interesting and learned a lot from the knowledgeable instructors. The practical part of the course was nicely put together in well structured of various components.
    Why a four and not a three; the proclaimed content of the course fits the experience I had. Although I always try to enter everything with an open mind, the expectation I did had where met in many levels. Everything is taken very seriously and although in my cultural background I am not used being graded this way, they put a lot of thought in it.
    When would it be a perfect five for me; personally i would have gained even more practical knowledge when there was more time to show different outcomes with specific techniques. In hence side I would have liked to have more solution-based and feedback on given tasks. But this is a personal preference and this would be helpful to me to understand the new techniques more profoundly. For me as a newby in the more professional culinary world I experience that the instructors are very skilled and capable in their trade. Props to all of them!
    Although I've noticed that there is a great investment in effective communication I feel there is a lot to gain still. Specially in the intercultural communication. Because the course is very international oriented and therefor a lot of different cultures in one group. I've personally enjoyed this a lot and In my personal opinion there could be some adjustments to refine the quality of the course.

    Overall I'm very great full for the whole experience of being amongst beautiful people who have similar ideas and values!