Foundation Certificate in Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking (five days)

Rated 4.98 out of 5 based on 54 customer ratings
(54 customer reviews)

From: £750.00

This is a five day course and the price covers five days.
Next date: 14-18 January, 18-22 February, 13-17 May, 17-21 June, 19-23 August, 14-18 October 2019

This course is designed for those who want to master the essentials of good vegetarian and vegan cooking. It is an opportunity to expand your repertoire of dishes and develop sound knowledge and skills that will make you a more confident cook. It is suitable for the home cook and for caterers who want to increase knowledge and skills in this type of cuisine. Whilst this course will contains theoretical elements, this is a very practical hands-on course and you will spend most of the time cooking.

The course includes:

  • Developing good knife skills
  • CIEH accredited Level 2 Food Hygiene
  • Developing umami flavours through ingredients and cooking methods
  • Using egg and dairy alternatives effectively
  • Nutritional aspects of vegetarian cooking & importance of fortified products in vegan diets
  • Practical uses of nuts, pulses, grains, tofu and tempeh.
  • The basics of pastry, baking & pasta.
  • Sauces & dressings

This course is suitable for vegans.

Recipes we are likely to make include:

  • Cannelloni
  • Leek and Cheese Lattice
  • Chili Bread
  • Samosas
  • Thai Red Curry
  • Sushi
  • Paella
  • Chocolate Cake

Above recipes are subject to availability of ingredients.

Here’s a little more about what our wonderful past students said…

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself!” – read our latest students feedback

What to expect… Read more

Further information below.

Additional information

Timings and course content

The course runs Monday to Thursday 9.15am to 4.00pm. Friday 9.15am to 3pm.
The course is taught by a mixture of demonstrations, practical hands-on cooking and discussions led by our Principal Tutor.
The fee includes all tuition, use of equipment & all ingredients.
The course includes lunch and refreshments every day.
Numbers are limited to nine per course.
We don't provide accommodation but we can give you information about local veggie-friendly options.
At the end of the course you will receive the Vegetarian Society Cookery School Foundation Certificate in Vegetarian & Vegan Cooking.

54 reviews for Foundation Certificate in Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking (five days)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    GO FOR IT! An extraordinary tutor. Variety of recipes and knowledge. Huge variety of food to work on.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Just do it! You won’t look back. You will gain the foundations to adapt your cooking and diet for life! Alex is an amazing tutor. The support staff were great. The environment and resources are perfect and great content.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5



  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    Good fun and interesting.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    DO IT! Exceeded expectations.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fun! Informative! Creative! Go for it – you learn so much!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anna B

    Have had the best time!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Susan B

    A real treat – great teaching and fun in hands-on work.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joe T

    Learnt more than expected and loved every minute.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Victoria C

    A very enjoyable and informative course. Learning wonderful recipes and techniques in a fun and relaxed environment. Alex was a brilliant teacher!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    David P

    Anybody who loves food would enjoy this course. You have the opportunity to learn so many different things!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5


    Do it! It’s worth it.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5


    A friendly environment and a great opportunity. It’s an excellent course and I would love to do the course again. The staff are amazing.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed the course and wasn’t disappointed.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Len L

    It’s very fun, interesting and useful. Alex is very laid back and friendly and always there to help. Great range of recipes and techniques covered, friendly and fun environment!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maria C

    I highly recommend this course to people who want to know the basics (and not only) of vegetarian food. Could not ask for more.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charlotte M

    If you want to learn basic cookery skills and an understanding of vegan and vegetarian, go! Really comprehensive and enjoyable.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Edward O

    Go for it- you will learn a lot! I have gained more knowledge and experience, and more confidence!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is a great beginner/ intermediate course. You’ll get a lot of hands on experience and a wide range of tips on cooking skills.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Claire M

    Excellent teacher, incredible experience!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    Friendly, well-paced, educational and super inspiring!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    Really embrace this course and be prepared to feel challenged yet supported. I have more confidence and a better concept of timing and less fearful of cooking.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5


    Everything was perfect, especially the recipes and the tutors!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5


    This was a marvelous experience, I’m looking forward to coming again to take other courses.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5


    Alex was a brilliant tutor who made it fun as well as teaching us a lot. I’m excited to play with the recipes and make them my own.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jennifer M

    If you feel you want to learn more about vegetarian lifestyle, come and meet Alex- he does wonders!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great for aspiring vegetarian and vegan chefs, covers all the basics and products of vegetarian cooking- more than I could have expected to learn in one week.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5


    You will learn a lot about vegetarian and vegan meals and the wide variety of recipes that are available.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5


    If your are interested in turning vegan it is well worth coming

  30. Rated 5 out of 5


    Go for it! everyone is treated with respect at their own level but encouraged to progress.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5


    Beyond a doubt it is worth it if you have got a real interest in vegetarian/ vegan cooking

  32. Rated 5 out of 5


    Go for it! Alex is a fantastic tutor and you’ll learn a lot. It’s brilliant for vegans as about 90% of the food is suitable for us and some of the rest can be adapted.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5


    Definitely attend, great course, great teacher really well organised

  34. Rated 5 out of 5


    It’s an excellent idea for anyone passionate about plant based food. You’ll leave with lots of knowledge ideas and inspiration

  35. Rated 4 out of 5


    Very interesting and fun

  36. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have learned so many techniques – I would tell everyone to try it! I can’t wait to make more sushi. It was challenging and fun, wile being varied.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Darren P

    I wanted to broaden my skills and gain new skills for my everyday cooking. I have gained understanding about breadmaking, pastry, tofu, sweet fillings etc, planning a meal. Definitely recommend to others – great kitchen, varied and practical cooking from sauces to making tofu. I think the course was well thought out and very varied, tried lots of things so all’s good!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eugeniu L S

    I’ve improved my skills – you meet all my expectations! Go for it!

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eul Soek S

    I wanted to try various vegetarian and vegan dishes. Highly recommended. It was really amazing – everything was new and great for me.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Na Young S

    Perfect course for anyone who wants to know about vegetarian and vegan cooking. Great experience

  41. Rated 5 out of 5


    Confidence with vegan food has soared. Do it!

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    D Mason

    Do it without a doubt, you’ll learn loads

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    P Steadman

    Exceeded my expectations! Confidence to push myself as a cook and try new things like pasta, sushi, pastry and vegan options. Do it!!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deepti S

    I read amazing things about this course and it did live up to my expectations. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself! Alex was approachable and made the course exciting, fun and enjoyable. We all learnt so much and I would do more courses in the future.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delia H

    Such a fantastic course for vegans and vegetarians. I have gained an array of cooking skills and my confidence levels have soared in the kitchen

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary M

    I have repaired a lot of enthusiasm for cooking and made things like sushi which I would never otherwise have tried. You’ll love it. It’s friendly and relaxed and practical and you’ll meet great people.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kenton Price (verified owner)

    I write to you today having lived in this apartment for nearly 13 years. Today is the first time I made bread in it. That’s thanks to what we learned in the first hour of this course that I attended last week. And then there were another 30 or so hours more. That earlier review that says “I go away with skills I never believed possible” sounded nonsense when I read it – but I now thoroughly endorse it too! Alex is brilliant, so calming and knowledgeable, adjusting his teaching for each of the maximum eight people on the course, he’s always got time for you as an individual. There are two more full-time staff running around in the background making the whole thing effortless – measuring stuff out, washing up pots and pans, taking our coffee and dinner wine orders. The people I met were supportive and lovely too, we’re chatting on our own Facebook group now we’ve gone home to continue to share tips and ideas. Before I went my skills would run to making a stirfry, maybe a soup, or a simple cheese sauce – but now I have the confidence to follow recipes, master my kitchen, and just go for it because it will probably work out and if it doesn’t then it’s almost certainly salvageable. Without revealing too much about the big course finale, the final day was almost an emotional experience for us all, when we saw what we managed to achieve between us. I can’t believe how brilliant this week was. Going on this course is one of the best decisions I’ve made in years. If you can find a place available, snap it up – you won’t regret it!

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christie B

    Wonderful, warm staff and environment. Alex, Jonathan etc always willing to go the extra mile. Very knowledgeable, laid back and funny.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nikoletta P

    Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly instructors, excellent learning facilities, perfect organisation, professional kitchen facilities. An excellent introduction to veggie/vegan cooking, a wide range of recipes, the nutritional side of cooking well highlighted, a great way to share knowledge with like-minded people. I would do the course again!

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane W

    I go away with skills I never believed possible

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane H

    Great pace, information, fantastic staff, wonderful constructive learning experience. Just book it and come and enjoy!

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kay L

    The course is amazing and I will definitely be coming back to try another one soon!

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carmel P

    I was unsure about doing the course as I wasn’t sure if my basic skills were good enough to embark on it and what I would get from it. I was made to feel welcome from the outset and have learnt so much. Do it!

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Russell Persand-Carter (verified owner)

    Fabulous well-rounded course that’s truly extended my vegetarian/vegan culinary skills. Alex and the team are very knowledgable and offer superb and friendly guidance. If you’re looking for a cookery challenge that’s professional and fun in a wonderful environment then this is for you. Highly recommended!

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