Chef's Training

Natural Gourmet Institute's Chef's Training Program is a 619 hour professional program focusing on culinary technique and interdisciplinary health-supportive instruction. 

Natural Gourmet Institute is a professional culinary school with an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on cooking whole ingredients in health-supportive ways. Chef’s Training students learn principles of culinary technique, food science, fundamentals of nutrition, as well as the connection between food and healing. They also learn to integrate numerous approaches to diet and health within the framework of NGI’s criteria for quality food selection.

Our program is mostly plant-based, with some instruction in sustainable seafood, poultry, and meat. Strong emphasis is placed on whole grain and gluten-free baking techniques. Students also learn to convert traditional recipes with refined sweeteners and flours to more whole, healthier versions. Our Chef’s Training Program is one of the most well rounded approaches to culinary education available. 

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Upcoming Classes

Natural Gourmet Institute's Chef’s Training Program is offered on both a Daytime (Full-Time) and Weekend/Evening (Part-Time) basis:

Upcoming Full-Time Program Start Dates:
October 20th
December 2nd

Upcoming Part-Time Program Start Dates: 
November 16th  - $19,500.00
Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm 

Contact our Admissions Department for more information and detailed schedules:

Join us for an Open House

Tuesday, November 18, 6:00pm


Natural Gourmet Institute offers students a number of payment plans to finance their tuition.  Please contact the Admissions office with any questions regarding tuition or financing options.

 Textbooks, uniforms, knife kits, and pastry tools are included in the cost of tuition.

Standard Method of Payment
Full and Part Time Schedules

Chef’s Training Program $27,000.00
November 16 Weekend Program $19,500.00

Tuition Savings Program

Students who opt to pay tuition fees with cash, electronic funds transfer (EFT), Sallie Mae Loan, or check are eligible for a tuition savings outlined below. All applicants for the Chef’s Training Program are eligible for this savings.

Tuition Savings Method of Payment
Full and Part Time Schedules

Chef’s Training Program $26,350.00
November 16 Weekend Program $19,031.00


Payment Plans  
For details on monthly installment plans please contact

Sallie Mae Smart Option Loans 
THE SMART OPTION STUDENT LOAN from Sallie Mae Corp. is available to eligible applicants. Students may borrow up to the total tuition plus housing expenses. Interest rates are variable and terms range from 1 to 10 years. Applications must be applied for electronically.

Tuition Flex is a tuition financing option for students who do not qualify for Sallie Mae Smart Option loans. Contact for further information and application procedure.