Raw Food Chef Certification

Pachavega’s Raw Food Chef Certification Courses will prepare you to become more than a just a Raw Food Expert, you learn to heal yourself and those you love with real food.

“Danielle really knows her stuff! This is a practical course that teaches you not only how to make amazing healthful food, but teaches you the science of why we would eat this way. The way the course is structured really heals to maximize the time for optimum absorption of the information. I have learned skills here that I will use for the rest of my life. It is an investment into your own health and those around you. Thank you Danielle for creating this inspirational course! ” – Melissa Sutton. Calgary, AB


All Pachavega courses are comprehensive, intimate and interactive. With hands-on learning and taste testing, learn to heal the body and optimize your nutrition intake in a sustainable, long-term way with delicious organic whole foods! Offered in three spectacular locations; within the stunning Rocky Mountains of Canmore, Alberta, 100 kms west of Calgary at the Canadian Alpine Club of Canmore, the mountains of Costa Rica and on the sunny island of Ometepe Nicaragua.


Basic Raw Food Chef Certificate Course

We will begin our journey to optimal health and wellness through the practical application of a plant-based lifestyle. Discover the nutritional benefits of whole foods and how they can support total body wellness. With hands-on kitchen time and recipe creating, this course will provide a basic understanding of a plant-based. whole foods diet, the skills how to make gourmet recipes and the foundation of a nutrition education for life.
  • This course is an introduction to the organic lifestyle, kitchen skills, and detecting when a food is approaching rancidity
  • We will cover basic knife skills, kitchen set-up, the in’s and out’s of a raw food kitchen and all the ingredients used and how to use different kitchen equipment
  • We will practice how to taste balance and discover flavor combinations using spices around the world
  • We will learn techniques such as how to ferment foods, such as cashew sour cream and kimchi and how to grow your own sprouts
  • This course guides us through transitioning towards a plant-based, raw food diet, staying active, and how to source our macro-nutrients sustainably.
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Advanced Raw Food Chef Certificate Course*

We will deep-dive into techniques and concepts touched on but not thoroughly discussed in the Basic Raw Food Chef Certification.
  • This course will cover advanced raw food chef skills such as refined food styling and plating; food photography, converting cooked recipes to raw; by using different dehydrating, fermenting, and marinating techniques.
  • We will dive into health and nutrition to aid different stages of our lives, from childhood to the senior years as well as support for fertility and pregnancy.
  • We will study different adaptogens and other powerful super herbs and their role in health as well as culinary uses, including cacao!
  • We will  practice autonomous recipe development with a personalized dessert and expand recipe writing to include health benefits, history, and origin of the ingredients or cuisine.
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*prerequisite: Basic Raw Food Chef Certificate Course


Pachavega Holistic Juice Cleanse*

Come to the island of Ometepe, relax with us and detoxify the body naturally with whole, cold pressed juices and cleansing support herbs. Enjoy meditation and yoga as well as 6 juices and 2 superfood detox elixirs each and every day.

Nicaragua: March 23rd – 30th, 2019

$1900 USD – Multiple Occupancy
$2600 USD – Single Occupancy
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Raw Food Chef Immersion

Combined BASIC and ADVANCED

With these two courses combined, you’ll really feel what it is like to take your plant-based nutrition education to the next level. By the end of these two weeks, you will fell confident to create delicious gourmet meals and know how and why certain foods contribute the optimal health. Sign-up today!

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Pachavega’s Raw Chef Certificate courses have been approved by CAHNPRO (Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals) for upgrading hours and continuing education credit units (called CEU’s by doctors, naturopaths, etc.). All professionals must undergo upgrading hours to retain their professional status when they are members of a recognized association. Both courses mentioned above have also been recognized by CSNN (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) for graduates and current students to receive external practicum hours.

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST STUDENTS:

“I’ve had the pleasure of taking Danielle’s Raw Chef Certification Course and I am taking away a LOT of exciting, informative and practical knowledge about foods that contain healing properties for all sorts of ailments as well as complete nourishment for the body, mind and spirit. Danielle’s vibrating energy and great enthusiasm to share her knowledge has made this course an uplifting learning journey. I have enjoyed the hands-on learning and all the recipes she used within the course. So much love has been shared and I am truly grateful for this experience.” – Shima Hashermain

“Danielle’s Raw Chef Certification Course opened a whole world of food knowledge up to me. The information presented was so interesting and applicable to day to day life. The engaging teaching style really solidified the information and she was always available to answer my questions! I looked forward to every class!” – Allison Forbes

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