COMMON QUESTIONS

Do I need to have previous culinary experience before taking your courses?

We do not require previous culinary experience for any of our introductory level courses. Please speak with an Admissions Advisor for course options. 

 

Can I skip a Level 1 course and go right into a Level 2 course?

No. We require all new students to start in the Level 1 courses regardless of previous culinary background. 

 

What language are courses taught in?

All courses are taught in English at all locations and online. In 2018 we will offer courses taught in both English and Spanish at our Cartagena, Columbia pop up location. 

 

Does my tuition include housing?

Tuition does not include housing. Students are required to find their own accommodations. We recommend using sites such as AirBnB.com, VRBO.com, and Homeaway.com.

 

I'm not looking to be a professional chef. Are these courses right for me?

Absolutely! We have many students who take our courses for their own personal enrichment. Some appropriate courses would include Fundamentals of Raw Cuisine, Fundamentals of Plant-Based Cooking, Essentials of Raw, Plant-Based Desserts, and Fermentation + Cheese. Please speak to an Admissions Advisor for further details. 

 

How much time do we spend in the classroom?

Classes are Monday through Friday for 6 hours per day. Weekends are free time. Classes either run from 8am - 2pm or 3pm - 9pm depending on the course and the month. Please reference the course calendar for further information. 

 

Are meals included in my tuition?

Yes, daily lunch or dinner will be included in your tuition fee. All dishes that you prepare in class may also be taken home to enjoy.

 

What is the class size?

We allow between 12 and 16 students in the courses depending on the location.

 

How do I enroll for a course?

To enroll for a course(s), you must fill out the enrollment form and return it to your Admissions Advisor. Please contact admissions@plantlab.com for further details. 

 

When should I enroll for a class?

Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis. Due to our intimate class sizes, our classes tend to fill quickly. We recommend enrolling at least two months before your onsite course start date and at least one month before your online course start date. Please contact admissions@plantlab.com for class availability in the remainder of 2017 and throughout 2018. 

 

Will recipes be modified to accommodate my food allergy?

We are happy to modify recipes to suit dietary requirements. Please be aware that we use nuts in many recipes and while we take steps to minimize the risk of cross contamination, we cannot guarantee that our recipes will be safe to consume if you have a severe allergy. 

 

What should I bring to class?

You are encouraged and welcome to bring your laptops with you. We do some communication by email, and you may find that you would like to do some recipe research while you are here. It is not required, but having Internet access does make your stay easier. Students are also welcome to bring cameras to the Academy to take photos of their finished work, but not during production time or class. Video cameras are not permitted in the Academy, and video cannot be taken on your phone at any time. Notebooks and pens are welcome. 

 

How should I dress for class?

You will be required to wear black chef pants and black chef shoes to class. Your Admissions Advisor can assist you with these details. You will be supplied with a chef jacket, apron and chef hat.  

 

How old do I have to be to attend a class?
 
You must be at least 18 years old to attend our onsite courses. If you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by a guardian. 
 
 
What type of payment methods do you accept?
 
We accept all major credit cards and bank transfers.
 
 
Do you accept financial aid or government assistance programs?
 
We are a private Academy. Financial assistance and government funding do not apply. We do offer payment plans.
 
 
Do you offer scholarships?
 
At this time we do not offer scholarships.
 
 
I am an international student. Do you provide student visas?
 
We do not offer student visas. Our students use a normal tourist visa when studying with us. 
 
 
Will I receive certification for these courses?
 
Yes. You will receive a certificate for each course you successfully complete with us.
 
 
Additional information for the online courses:
 
 
Are there specific start dates or can I start at any time?
 
There are specific start dates. All online courses start once a month. Please reference the course calendar for a list of available start dates. 
 
 
Are there specific login times or can I do the assignments when it's best for my schedule?
 
There are no required login times each day. Lessons are released Monday through Friday throughout the course, and you can log in to your student account, access the lessons, and complete the assignments each day when it's best for you.
 
 
What equipment and ingredients will I need to complete the online courses?
 
Each online course has its own equipment list and ingredient list. Please ask your Admissions Advisor to provide these items for you.
 
 
Will I receive the same certificate for the online courses as I would for the onsite courses?
 
Yes. The course content is the same for the online courses and the onsite courses.
 
 
How are the online courses structured?
 
The online courses are a mixture of pre-recorded videos streamed through Vimeo, downloadable PDF's, readings, tutorials and then the physical execution of the dishes. You will be creating the dishes, taking photos of them and uploading them to the student website for the instructors to grade and give feedback.
 
 
How long will I have to complete the online courses?
 
For the 4-week online courses, you will have up to 12 weeks to complete the assignments. For the 2-week online courses, you will have up to 6 weeks to complete the assignments. For the 1-week online courses, you will have up to 3 weeks to complete the assignments. 
 
 
How many hours per week should I plan to spend on the course material?
 
The online courses are planned for around 5 hours for each day of material released. Depending on your own speed and skill level, exact times may vary.
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Inside the US
Tel:1-888-418-5795
International
Tel:1-424-299-4578