Professional chef and food writer Day Radley has co-founded a new plant-based cookery course programme “The Vegan Chef Institute” in London. Together with holistic health coach and nutritional advisor Chantal di Donato, Radley has launched the new initiative in a bid to move sustainability, veganism, and compassionate cooking forwards.
At the beginning of November, the new institute will kick off with the first “Fast Track Vegan Chef” vocational course. By teaching customers a variety of skills – including how to scale and adapt recipes, how to use specialist ingredients, and how to order from suppliers – the 12-week course will help customers gain their first job as a professional vegan chef.
Its website notes, “In just 12 weeks, you will experience a rapid evolution; you’ll go from keen home cook to knowledgeable, skilled, creative chef, ready to take your first step on the cooking career ladder.”
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Additional sessions with professional chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, and food business leaders will also be offered, as well as one to one mentorship, and classes on health and wellbeing.
Both Radley and di Donato have endured difficult relationships with food, with di Donato, a former Anorexia sufferer, citing veganism as a fundamental part of her healing process. In fact, it was a lecture by Dr. Neal Barnard, a keen advocate for plant-based living and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, that convinced her to give the diet ago.
According to Barnard, a number of life-threatening diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, can be prevented through following a plant-based diet. Di Donato has adopted this philosophy, the website notes, as she believes that “medicine is on our plates.”
Radley also notes that discovering the nutritional benefits of animal-free food helped her to become passionate about cooking and heal her bad eating habits. “Discovering how to feed myself properly was something I wanted to give to other people,” she said.
The Vegan Chef Institute will launch on November 1. For more information about the “Fast Track Vegan Chef” course, please see the website here.
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