Natural Chef Course

CNM’s Natural Chef Training

The CNM Natural Chef is a 3 part course covering everything you need to know to become a successful Natural ChefCNM Natural Chef, from how the digestive process works, to building a culinary career! CNM’s Natural Chef Training consists of 420 hours of life-changing education. You will then need to complete an internship of an additional 100 hours.

CNM’s Natural Chef Training has been developed to meet the growing demands of a society increasingly interested in food that supports and promotes health.

CNM Natural Chef Students are taught to prepare delicious gourmet meals that focus on nutritional value. Whole, organic, fresh and minimally processed foods are procured in season. As no single dietary regimen is appropriate for everyone, we teach how individualised food can enhance health.

This course is suitable for all food lovers. Whether you want to know more simply so that you can serve up truly healthy and delicious food for your family, or you want to turn your knowledge into a successful career – this course is for you.

I’ve joined CNM’s Natural Chef Diploma Course. I believe with the further training and credibility that comes with the qualification, I can really take my skills and opportunities to the next level.

Kelly Little, CNM Natural Chef Student

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Natural Chef training course

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”


Course Details
Length of Study: 9 – 12 months, 520 hours, part-time
Anatomy & Physiology: 60 hours
Basics of Nutrition: 60 hours
Kitchen: 140 hours + 160 hours home assignments
Internship: 100 hours
CNM Diploma: Dip. Natural Chef

Key Features

  • Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology, and Nutrition
  • Introduction to food selection, food combining, pantry essentials and food safety
  • Energetics of food
  • Flavour, taste, preparation and presentation
  • Essential kitchen techniques
  • Recipe scaling and costing
  • Therapeutic menu planning and writing
  • Food therapeutics
  • Business and How to build a culinary career

Full Syllabus (click to expand)

The Syllabus

9 – 10 months – 520 hours in total

Part 1 – Anatomy & Physiology – 60 hours

Understanding how the body functions, especially the digestive system, is vital for a Natural Chef. CNM’s on-line Short Course in Basic Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) will teach you what you need to know.

Part 2 – Nutrition for Every Day Living – 60 hours

Food choices and how the nutritional values of individual foods impact our immunity, cognitive abilities and energy levels, is the focus of CNM’s classroom-based Short Course in Nutrition for Every Day Living (NEDL).

If you are already qualified in A&P or Nutrition you can seek an exemption from these parts of the course.

Part 3 – Chef Training

140 hours in the kitchen, and 160 hours home assignments
Leading Natural Chefs will teach you essential cooking techniques. You’ll also learn methods for sourcing quality ingredients, culinary business principles, and the art of healthful cooking.


  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Macro & micro nutrients
  • Types of diets (vegan, vegetarian, raw, cooked, paleo, etc.)
  • Flavour, taste, preparation and presentation
  • Recipe writing and culinary maths
  • Best sources of food and ingredients
  • Energetics of food


  • Kitchen equipment, knife skills
  • Cooking, grilling, steaming, baking
  • Sprouting, juicing, fermenting


  • Meat, stocks, broths, sauces and stews
  • Vegetables, salads, fruits, grains, pasta, nuts and seeds
  • Raw and not so raw, culinary herbs and spices
  • Beverages, superfoods, food combination
  • Alternatives to sugar, table salt, dairy, gluten, soya

Food for Health

  • Therapeutic menu writing and planning
  • Foods that support organ systems
  • Food therapeutics
  • Deliciously healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert


  • PR/marketing strategies
  • How to build a culinary career
  • The law, accounts


In the final part of the training you will hone your skills in a professional setting, and continue to develop your culinary knowledge by completing a minimum of 100 hours experience in a work place setting.

Depending on your interest, this could be by working in a catering business, restaurant, a juice bar or a health café, etc.

The internship allows you to experience the role of a Natural Chef in a professional setting. You will need to find the internship place which suits you best. CNM will provide a list of potential hosts. Internships are not limited to the UK but must be approved by the Course Director. Any fees connected with the internship are not covered by the fee for your Natural Chef course.


You will be awarded a Diploma as a CNM Natural Chef upon successful completion of all parts of the training.


No prior study required

Accreditation & Recognition

CNM Natural Chefs are eligible to join the ANP (Association of Naturopathic Practitioners) and receive the following benefits:

  • Access to various databases for further research
  • Discounted indemnity insurance for clinical practice
  • Discounts from various companies
  • Reduced fees for special seminars, lectures, master classes, workshops
  • Free training to set up your business
  • Free mentoring for new graduates

Career Opportunities

The CNM Natural Chef qualification can open doors to a variety of careers. Options include becoming a Natural Chef in a restaurant, juice bar, health café, or spa; working as a personal chef, or developing your own healthy catering or food business.

From cooking instructor, product developer, food and recipe writer or cookbook author, to educating clients and businesses on how to prepare natural foods, the possibilities are endless. Professionals such as a  Nutritionists, Naturopaths, Nurses, Herbalists or Fitness Instructors can use their CNM Natural Chef title as an adjunct to develop their existing business.

If you are looking to study in small groups and be taught by creative and talented lecturers from the world of natural health cookery, you have come to the right place.

What our experts say

Elizabeth Peyton-Jones

“CNM’s Natural Chef Course is the perfect way to learn how to harness the power of food.”

Elizabeth Peyton-Jones, CNM Naturopath and Author

“CNM’s Natural Chef Course will enable you to produce recipes that help to nourish and repair.”

Rick Hay, Super Foodist and Author

“It’s great when you know that every meal you prepare is balanced, nutritious and tastes amazing!”

Suné Markowitz-Shulman, Nutritional Therapist & Chef

“Healthy eating venues are popping up everywhere and the world is calling out for Natural Chefs.”

Katie Clare, CNM Nutritional Therapist

“Being a Natural Chef is a great opportunity to be at the forefront of the current changing perspective on healthy food.”

Ceri Jones, Natural Chef


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If you are seeking…

  • a rewarding and fulfilling career
  • to expand your knowledge by becoming a Natural Chef
  • to be taught by leading chefs in small classes
  • to set up your own business or be employed
  • to earn a satisfying income in a growing market

…then talk to us

How to Apply

Please contact us to discuss your personal needs and goals. This way our Course Consultants can tailor a study schedule which suits your lifestyle and commitments.

Contact us on tel: 01342 410 505 or email us.