The Conscious Gourmet Institute

Teacher Training Program in Vegetarian/Vegan Cooking and Theory

This program focuses on the knowledge and skills to teach vegetarian and/or vegan cooking and theory classes.

Who would benefit from this program

Perfect for health coaches, nutritionists, dietitians, health care providers, yoga instructors, life coaches, career changers, chefs, culinary school students and graduates, specifically interested in teaching the health supportive aspects of culinary arts and theory.

“The culinary instructor classes are the only classes I have ever taken that truly prepares you to go out into the world and apply what you know to help people.”  Dan, MI

Program includes

  • Culinary Classroom Teacher Training Program curriculum 
  • Four cooking classes
  • Knife skills class and practice
  • Conscious Gourmet Eastern and Western dietary theory
  • 49 in-classroom hours plus homework hours during and following the program
  • 70 page Culnary Classroom Training manual
  • handouts and recipes
  • Conscious Gourmet logo apron

 In addition to the Culinary Classroom Teacher Training curriculum, you will learn to

  • prepare vegetarian and vegan hands-on menus from appetizer to dessert
  • create balanced menus free of after-meal cravings
  • prepare health supportive grains, beans, vegetables, salads, cooked greens, sea vegetables and deserts free of wheat, dairy and refined sugar using a variety of techniques
  • apply various Eastern and Western nutritional models to understand the connection between food, mood and health; how to select foods according to individual body type; manage cravings; increase energy, cope better with stress, generally improve health through conscious food choices, and how to think about food in a whole new way
  • create a series of four classes using all the elements learned in the program with feedback from Diane

Certificate of Completion Requirements

  • 2-1/2 hour demonstration class presented on the last day of the training.
    Experience teaching a 2-1/2 hour full meal menu demonstration class applying the principles taught in the program.  You will create a menu, create a food requisition, shop for ingredients, create an agenda, format recipes, and present the entire class for feedback from Diane.
  • Completion of homework assignments during and following the program.

“The culinary classes were great. My cooking and kitchen skills improved many times over. I learned how to flow with the energy of the kitchen and the food being prepared. I also learned a lot about organization, pre-planning and follow through and how to set up a kitchen for effectiveness and efficiency. My kitchen skills (knife skills, cooking methods, etc., have greatly improved.”)   Dan, MI

Training Format
Santa Fe Program

7-days, 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day
Individual or group training

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Note: This is an intensive training program. Plan to arrive the day before the program begins. If you would like to do extensive sightseeing, please schedule additional days either before or after the program completion.

Program Investment

7-day training: $1995

$250 non-refundable deposit reserves your space. Balance due 30 days prior to class start date. Payment by check or through PayPal.

Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive an e-mail confirming your enrollment as well as complete program details.

“This program has provided me with one of the most crucial parts of my business. In just the short amount of time since I attended the training, I have had significant improvements in my business.”   Dan, MI

Group and Individual Program Dates

Contact Diane at 917-975-9721 or

How To Enroll

Contact Diane at 917-975-9721 or


Individual and small groups trainings are held in Santa Fe, NM except where indicated. Flights into the Sky Harbor Albuquerque Airport (one hour drive to Santa Fe) or into the Santa Fe Municipal Airport (United and American Airlines), a 15 minute drive to Santa Fe.


There are numerous accommodations in the Santa Fe area ranging in price: hotels, motels, B&B’s, casitas, Airb&b, some within walking distance of Diane’s Santa Fe home. A resource list will be forwarded upon request or visit

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