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Nicaragua Raw Food Chef Certification Course

Join Pachavega on their most comprehensive "Plant-Based Nutrition and Living Foods Chef Training"! 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 feel confident to create delicious gourmet meals and know how and why certain foods contribute the optimal health.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive Living Foods Chef Training
  • Food combining, and sustainability and ethical choices
  • Foundation staple foods and key components of a nutritious diet
  • Superfoods and raw chocolate, and gourmet raw vegan meals
  • Medicinal mushrooms and vegan cheese making
  • Plating presentation and food photography
  • 26 nights accommodation
  • Daily morning yoga

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


20 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 5-9 participants
Airport transfer included: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff

A geographical marvel and jungle paradise in its own right, Ometepe is formed not just by one, but two volcanoes. Volcan Concepción, active and fiery by nature, is energetically and cosmically balanced by Volcan Maderas, a dormant volcano, blessed with a crater lake that brings us the element of water. Just like its geographical home, Wanderlust Utopia is a creation that could only be brought to life under the perfect conditions of fate and timing.

Consciously crafted on two acres of Lakeside land, the property Wanderlust Utopia called home was once a burned out, almost lifeless piece of old farmland. Five years later and a lot of love and labor, Wanderlust Utopia is now its own diverse ecosystem. Dust and weeds have been replaced by an organic pool, tropical flowers, live fencing, super-food trees, plants, herbs, birds, frogs, and even visits from wild horses and neighboring cows, goats, pigs, and chickens.

Simple, sustainable, and eco-conscious, Wanderlust Utopia cares for their guests with eco-modern accommodations that keep bugs out, spare the environment, and ensure an incredible night sleep in the middle of a jungle paradise.

With six lakefront private rooms, each with queen bed and private toilet, a host cabana for three, and a 12-person shared accommodation bunk house, the house can sleep 18 comfortably or 26 if queen beds are shared and host cabana is utilized. Grandiose and luxurious require large amounts of building materials and leave an impact on an already taxed Mother Nature.

Their accommodations are comfortably designed to be eco-conscious yet to last the test of time. If you are looking for a king suite with Jacuzzi tub and HD TV, then this is probably not the place for you. However, if you share their values, you will be grateful for a retreat experience that nurtures a positive, loving environment, honors Pachamama, provides cozy and clean accommodations, and serves gourmet plant-based menus in the middle of a “Ferngully” meets “Avatar” jungle paradise.

Program

This 25 day Raw Food Chef Residency Program is held in Nicaragua on the island of Ometepe at Wanderlust Utopia. This inspirational nutritional and culinary adventure will take you from the beginning, taste balancing and the building blocks of plant-based nutrition education, to the advanced, learning how to create and refine your own signature recipes and dive deeper into specific health concerns and which whole foods can help.

Explore advanced culinary themes and develop your unique style as a chef. This immersion is for the passionate foodie, beginner entrepreneur, and seasoned plant-based expert. Join Pachavega in the plant-based revolution!

Curriculum

  • Module 1: Intro to a nutrient-dense plant-based lifestyle
  • Module 2: Flavor balancing
  • Module 3: Knife skills
  • Module 4: Sustainability and ethical choices
  • Module 5: Soaking, sprouting, and growing greens
  • Module 6: Digestion and gut health
  • Module 7: Cleansing and detoxification
  • Module 8: The magic of fermentation and cultured foods
  • Module 9: Nut-free cuisine and food allergies
  • Module 10: Seaweeds and algae
  • Module 11: Fitness foods and nutrition for athletes
  • Module 12: Healing spices from around the world
  • Module 13: All about dairy and healthy alternatives
  • Module 14: Cooked comfort foods to drool over
  • Module 15: Gourmet cultured foods and other ferments
  • Module 16: Master the crunch of dehydrated foods
  • Module 17: Food photography for social media
  • Module 18: Plating presentation and saucing techniques
  • Module 19: Raw desserts and superfoods
  • Module 20: Medicinal mushrooms and ancient adaptogens
  • Module 21: Foods for fertility, pregnancy, and childhood
  • Module 22: Mindful menu planning
  • Bonus Module 23: Building your wellness business
  • Bonus Module 24: Essential oils in the raw food lifestyle

Sample daily schedule

Day 1- arrival day

  • 2:00 p.m. Airport / Border Pick up
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Arrival (orange juice and energy bites)
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner: Romaine Lettuce Fajitas (module 3)
  • Evening: FREE

Day 2

  • 6:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Yoga/Movement/Meditation
  • 8:00 a.m. Breakfast: Green Beauty Smoothie and fresh fruit bowl
  • Class (Module 1 and 2)
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch: Bean-Free Chili with Cashew Sour Cream and Microgreens, Cebollas encuraditas
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Break
  • 2:00 p.m.Class (Module 3)
  • 5:00 p.m. Dinner: Living Pad Thai
  • Evening: FREE

Day 3

  • 6:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Yoga/Movement/Meditation
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Grawnola, fresh nut milk and fresh fruit bowl
  • Class (Module 4)
  • 12:30 pm Lunch – Noodles, 3 ways – Cilantro Pesto, Mac and Cheese, Zesty Marinara and Gazpacho
  • 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Break
  • 2:00 pm Class (Module 5)
  • 5:00 pm Dinner - Energy Soup, Sprouted Lentil Salad with simple spiced vinaigrette

Day 4

  • 6:45 am - 8:00 am Yoga/Movement/Meditation
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Choco-Cardamom Smoothie, grawnola and stewed fruit and Class (Module 6)
  • 12:30 pm Lunch: Build your Own salad (share/taste each other’s creations), The Gut Shot
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm FREE
  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Breathwork in Yoga Shala with Solage and Rachel
  • 5:00 pm Dinner: Portobello Mushroom Stack with Swiss Chard Chimichurri, Mediterranean Red Peppers and Truffle Cream Cheese with Salad Crackers
  • Fire Pit on the beach after dinner

Day 5

  • 6:45 am - 8:00 am Yoga/Movement/Meditation
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Tangy Ginger Kelp Noodle Detox Soup
  • Class (Module 7)
  • 12:30 pm Lunch: Juices
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Break
  • 2:00 pm Class (Module 8)
  • 5:00 pm Dinner: Drunken Noodles with Chinese Garlic Sauce with Kimchi
  • After dinner: Turmeric Pulp and Wheatgrass Facemasks

Day 6

  • 6:45 am - 8:00 am Yoga/Movement/Meditation
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Fermented Pineapple Yogurt Milkshake and Grawnola
  • Class (Module 9)
  • 12:30 pm Lunch: Tapas – Pineapple Lemongrass Salsa, Goji Berry Curried Relish, Pesto Kalamata Tapenade with the Juice Pulp Crackers
  • 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Break
  • 2:00 pm Class (Module 10)
  • 5:00 pm Dinner: Kale Caesar Salad and Rawkin’ Rollies
  • Evening: FREE

Day 7

  • 6:45 am - 8:00 am Yoga/Movement/Meditation
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Huge Fresh Fruit Bowl with tahini and honey
  • Class (Module 11)
  • 12:00 pm Lunch: Protein Power Bowl
  • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Market and El Pital Tour and Cacao Ceremony
  • 6:30 pm Dinner: Tropical Chia Pudding
  • Evening: FREE

Day 8 - OFF

Day 9 - OFF

  • Private one on one coaching

Day 10

  • 6:45 am - 8:00 am Yoga/Movement/Meditation
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Julia’s Overnight Oats
  • Class (Module 12)
  • 11:15 am Lunch: Cucumber Cups in Spicy Walnut Pate and Kaffir Lime Carrot Soup
  • 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm break
  • 2:00 Class (Module 13)
  • 5:00: Dinner: Huge Salad (beets, carrots, microgreens, Smokey Pepitas with unfermented nut cheese and Mesquite Coconut Latte Evening: Work on L1 Final Exam as a group

Day 11

  • 6:45 am - 8:00 am Yoga/Movement/Meditation
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Sesame Banana Mylkshake
  • Go over Quiz Questions
  • 12:30 pm Lunch: Ginger Butternut Squash Soup
  • 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Break
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Prep for Final Projects
  • 5:00 pm Dinner: Fully Loaded Baked Sweet Potato and Nice Cream Creations
  • 6 pm Evening: Prep for Final Projects

Day 12

  • 6:45 am - 8:00 am Yoga
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Huge Fresh Fruit Bowl with Fresh Coconut
  • Prep for Final Presentations – Demo Pesto Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
  • Lunch: Marinated Moroccan Cauliflower Steaks with Dreamy tahini
  • 1:00 pm Graduation Presentations
  • 4:00 Photos of final projects
  • 5:00 Potluck

Day 13 OFF

  • (No morning movement class)
  • Breakfast: Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Level Two: Raw Food Chef Certification

Day 14

  • 6:45 am - 8:00 am Yoga
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Superfood Smoothie
  • Class (Module 15)
  • 12:30 pm Lunch with fermented nut cheese, fresh veggies, sprouts, kimchi and crackers (Charcuterie Board)
  • 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Break
  • 2:00 pm Continue
  • 5:00 Dinner: Falafel and Herby Salad
  • 6 pm Evening: Plan Final Project and Signature Dessert

Day 15

  • Day OFF or 5 Rhythms Dance

Day 16 - OFF

  • private one on one coaching

Day 17

  • 6:45 am - 8:00 am Yoga
  • 8:00 am Breakfast
  • Class (Module 16)
  • 12:30 pm Lunch: Raw Pizza
  • 2:00 pm Continue
  • 5:00 pm Dinner: Beet Borsht with Rosemary Walnut Bread, Radiant Rainbow Noodles
  • Evening: Plan Signature Desserts

Day 18

  • 6:45 am - 8:00 am Yoga
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Banana Cinnamon Buns, Pancakes and Fresh Fruit
  • Class (Module 17)
  • 12:30 pm Lunch: Kimchi Collard Wraps
  • 3:00 pm Class (Module 18)
  • 5:00 pm Dinner: Lasagna, Ravioli and Tempeh Skewers with Entremets

Day 19

  • 6:45 am - 8:00 am Yoga
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Real fruit Roll-ups with carob Newtella Cream
  • Class (Module 18)
  • 12:30 pm Lunch
  • 3:00 pm Prep Unique Crunchy Topping and practice photos
  • 5:00 pm Dinner: Lasagna and Ravioli

Day 20

  • 6:45 am - 8:00 am Yoga
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Mason Jar Maca Carrot Cake
  • Class (Module 19)
  • 12:30 pm Lunch: Royal Tea Latte, Shiitake Pho Noodle Soup and Iced Alchemy
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Break
  • 3:00 pm Continue - Prepare Desserts
  • 4:00 pm Present Final Desserts
  • 6:30 pm Dinner: Herbs and Truffle Mini Quiche, No Bones Broth and Evening: Plan Final Project

Day 21

  • 6:45 am - 8:00 am Yoga
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Mexican Enchiladas with Fermented Salsa, Tempeh Crumble and Guacamole
  • Class (Module 20)
  • 12:30 pm Lunch: Mushroom Burgers with Ketchup and Mustard
  • 3:00 pm Class (Module 21)
  • 5:00 pm Dinner: Beautiful Buddha Bowls

Day 22 - OFF

Day 23- OFF

  • private one on one coaching

Day 24

  • Teams of 3, each is responsible for a meal, provides a demo and serves us.
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Team 1
  • 9:00 am Class (Module 22)
  • 12:00 pm Lunch: Team 1
  • 3:00 pm Free Time
  • 5:00 pm Dinner: Team 1

Day 25

  • 6:45 am - 8:00 am Yoga
  • 8:00 am Breakfast: Team 2
  • Class (Module 23)
  • 12:30 pm Lunch: Team 2
  • Break – Free Time (packing)
  • 5:00 pm Dinner: Team 2

Day 26

  • 8:00 am Breakfast
  • 9:00 am Yoga Shala Closing Circle, Graduation Ceremony
  • 10:00 am Photos with Certificates, Good Byes and testimonials
  • 11:00 am Lunch: Student Meal from everything that is in the fridge. Get into teams and decide what (sauce, salad, soup, etc) - Last meal together.
  • After Lunch: Prepare for Community Dinner (local Nicaraguans and expats – blended, donation based - proceeds go towards the scholaships for local womens Cooking course.
  • Free evening – Dinner next door

Day 27

  • Departure 5:00 am – first ferry
  • Or Checkout 10:00 am

Certification

Personal Raw Food Chef Certification

This option is for the person who has chosen to take this course for their own personal development. This may be because you are passionate about this lifestyle, you want to learn to make delicious recipes for you and your family, and you just want an understanding of how raw, plant-based foods can enhance your life.

Enjoy the course! You don’t have to make all the recipes for each module, but you must complete the "Module Completion Activities" including all quizzes and activities and you don’t have to complete the "Bonus Modules". This is included in your tuition fee.

Internationally Certified Raw Food Chef Certification (CRFC)

As you go through the course, you’ll want to do the following to make it easy to apply for international certification with the Raw Food Chef Alliance and become officially Certified:

  • Make all recipes in all Modules for both L1 and L2
  • Complete all Bonus Modules (14, 23, and 24)
  • Keep a journal: Outline what worked, what didn’t, did you use substitutes, did you improve the recipe, change the procedure?

This will be submitted for review before you receive your certificate. Once complete, you will schedule a Zoom call with Danielle Arsenault to review and critique your work. Pay the 150 USD International Raw Food Chef Certification Process. Includes a five-year membership with the Raw Food Chef Alliance and Certified Raw Food Chef accreditation (CRFC)

Location

Welcome to a place like no other. Serendipitously situated at the base of Volcan Concepción, Wanderlust Utopia makes its home on Isla de Ometepe. A conscious, sustainable, plant-based, eco-friendly, and social responsible venture, Wanderlust Utopia is a retreat facility for the like-minded.

Food

What you will learn

Foundation staple foods

Nutrient-dense plant-based nutrition

Knife skills

Flavor balancing

How to stock your kitchen

Soaking and sprouting

Cultured and fermented foods, kimchi and kraut

Sustainability and ethical choices

Food combining

Detoxification and your ph

Foods the promote digestion

Tips and tricks for healthy detoxification

Healing menu design

Superfoods and raw chocolate

Healing spices from around the world

Gourmet raw vegan meals

Healing foods for fertility, pregnancy, and all life stages

  • Healing herbal soups and adaptogens
  • Raw desserts and superfoods
  • Raw food and essential oils that heal
  • Dehydrated foods
  • Whole foods for athletes
  • The doctrine of signatures
  • Gourmet cultured foods
  • Medicinal mushrooms
  • Vegan cheese making
  • Plating presentation and food photography
  • Make different Sauerkrauts, Kimchi, Kombucha, Bubble Tea, Lemon Apricot Molasses Kefir, Rejuvelac, Fermented Goji Berry Hot Sauce, Energy Soup, Face Scrub, Wheatgrass and Sprouted Lentil Salad ,Love your Liver Salad and Simple Spiced Vinaigrette, Pear Lemongrass Salsa, Curried Goji Berry Relish, Pesto Kalamata Tapenade, Kale Caesar Salad, Sesame Parm, Save the Sea Pate in Nori Rolls, Berbere Spice Blend, Niter Kibbeh Oil, Infusion, Ethiopian Red Lentils and Kaffir Lime Carrot Soup, Protein Power Bowl, Cinnamon Maca Energy Gel, Electrolyte Drink with Ginger, Lemon Lime Energy Bites, Ginger Butternut Squash Soup, Marinated Moroccan Cauliflower Steaks, Ethiopian Red Lentils, Mushroom and Yam Risotto Pan Fry, Thrice Baked Buffalo Broccoli Bites, Fresh Nut Mylk, Sesame Banana Mylk Shake, Maca Mesquite Coconut Latte and Basic Fermented Nut Cheese, Creamy Cashew Cheese with Herbes de Provence and Truffle Oil, Smoky Fermented Cilantro Cream, Sharp Smoked Cheddar, Fermented Goji Berry and Passionfruit Hot Sauce, Fermented Sunflower Cheese Crisps., Almond Pulp Cookies, Raw Pizza Crust , Banana Cinnamon Flax Pancakes, Radiant Rainbow Noodles with an Avocado Rose, Beetroot Hummus, Kimchi Collard Parcels with Sesame Mushroom Stuffing and Smoky Fermented Cilantro Cream, RawVega Lasgne, Beetroot Ravioli, Red Beet Borscht with Cashew Sour Cream, Mason Jar Maca Carrot Cake with Lemony Frosting,, Goji Berry Orange Fudge, Matcha Sesame Entremet, Tiramisu, Medicinal Shiitake Mushroom Bacon Bits, Shiitake Pho Noodle Soup, Royaltea Latte , Vitamin C Bomb Piña Colada Smoothie, Green Spring Iced Alchemy, Sweet and Savoury Superfood Shaker, No Bones Broth, Mason Jar Rainbow Meal-to-Go, Real Fruit Roll-ups, Portobello Mushroom Stack, Mediterranean Red Peppers , Truffle Cream Cheese, etc.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Raw food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 26 nights accommodation
  • All meals included
  • Comprehensive textbook
  • Culinary projects and discussions
  • Holistic nutrition classes
  • Daily morning yoga and meditation
  • Plant labs
  • Raw gourmet meals and drinks
  • Learn to prepare raw food meals and desserts
  • Foundation staple foods
  • Key components of a nutritious diet
  • Knife skills
  • Flavor balancing
  • Soaking and sprouting
  • Cultured and fermented foods
  • Sustainability and ethical choices
  • Food combining
  • Tips for good digestion
  • Detoxification and your ph
  • Foods the promote digestion
  • Tips and tricks for healthy detoxification
  • Global cuisine around the world
  • Superfoods and raw chocolate
  • Gourmet raw vegan meals
  • Healing herbal soups and adaptogens
  • Raw desserts and superfoods
  • Raw food and essential oils that heal
  • Dehydrated foods
  • Whole foods for athletes
  • The doctrine of signatures
  • Medicinal mushrooms
  • Vegan cheese making
  • Plating presentation and food photography

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation in transit

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Pachavega Living Foods Education will offer one shuttle to take all students on the morning of the first day of the course. You may need to arrive in Nicaragua a day early to ensure you are on this shuttle. There is a very nice and affordable Best Western Hotel across the street from the airport which we recommend our students stay the night before.

Airport: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport Airport transfer included: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday November 5, 2022
Departure: Thursday December 1, 2022

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