GENERAL ACADEMY 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 more information.
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 is your Academic Requirements and Credit Transfer Policies?
Each student admissions to onsite culinary programs shall possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, or otherwise successfully take and pass the relevant examination as required by law. Contact Admissions for any questions.
PLANTLAB course credit will not transfer to another institution and outside course credits are not accepted by PLANTLAB.
Can I skip a Level 1: Fundamentals of Raw Cuisine 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 at this time.
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 Cooking, Raw Desserts, and Fermentation + Cheese. Please speak to an Admissions Advisor for further details.
How do I enroll in a course?
To enroll for a course(s), please continue to plantlab.com/curriculum and select your desired program, location, and start date. Following to prompts and Admissions will send you all details you need once you have completed the purchase. For any questions, please contact email@example.com for further details.
When should I enroll in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for class availability.
What type of payment methods do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards and bank transfers. For more details, please check out our Payment Options page.
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.
How do I enroll in a course?
To enroll for a course(s), you must complete the Enrollment directly on the website by selecting the course and paying the required tuition fees. Manual enrollment is also available via an Enrollment Form. Please contact email@example.com for further details.
Will I receive certification for these courses?
Yes. You will receive a certificate for each course you successfully complete with us.
Are your programs accredited?
No. We are an avocational culinary program. While the courses are taught in a classical culinary school environment, the programs explore more creative elements and seasonal ingredients which are ideal for those looking to develop classical culinary techniques using plant-based ingredients. Currently, there are no 100% vegan accredited culinary programs offered anywhere in the world, but with 1500 hours of unique culinary education, our Master Seal program is more hands-on training than most traditional accredited non-vegan culinary programs.
ONSITE INTENSIVE PROGRAMS - COMMON QUESTIONS
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. Our Admissions Team can also provide suggestions for places where students have stayed in the past or resources to find affordable housing.
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 8 am - 2 pm or 3 pm - 9 pm 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 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.
What is the class size?
We allow between 10 and 16 students in the courses depending on the location.
How old do I have to be to attend a class?
All students must be over the ages of 18 to attend our full-time intensive programs.
I am an international student. Do you provide student visas?
We do not require our students to have an I-20 student visa to attend our programs. We are also unable to provide any visa assistance for international students. Our students will travel using a tourist visa when studying with us.
ONLINE ACADEMY - COMMON QUESTIONS
Are there specific start dates or can I start at any time?
There are specific start dates for our instructor-supported online courses. These more intensive online courses start once a month and you will join other students from around the world in a group classroom setting. All self-guided courses are available at anytime. Once you enroll for one of these programs, you will be able to select your own start date from the online Academy dashboard in your student profile. Please reference the course calendar for a list of available start dates for our instructor-supported classes.
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 upon the first start date of the class. You can log in to your student account, access the lessons, and complete the assignments each day when it's best for you. You are welcome to watch the videos as many times as you wish during the course access time. All course documents are available for download in the Course Document Library.
What equipment and ingredients will I need to complete the online courses?
Each online course has its own equipment list and ingredient list. These can be found in the 'Course Notes' of each course description page or by asking an Admissions Specialist to provide these 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 instructor-supported 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. The self-guided online courses follow this similar structure but are not required to submit in-depth culinary projects and execute more thorough written coursework reviewed by the instructors. The self-guided courses are great for those looking for something more casual.
How long will I have to complete the isntructor-supported online courses?
For the 120-hour online courses such as Fundamentals of Cooking, you will have up to 12 weeks to complete the assignments. For the 50 hour online courses, you will have up to 6 weeks to complete the assignments. For the 30 hour online courses, you will have up to 3 weeks to complete the assignments. For each of the self-guided online courses, you will have up to 180 days of access from the start date to access the videos and instructors. Please reference the course catalog and 'Course Notes' for specific access times per class.
How many hours per week should I plan to spend on the course material?
The instructor-supported online courses mirror the training of the onsite programs, so we do recommend commiting the amount of clock hours as designated to the onsite classes. Meaning, that in the Level 1 courses, we find that most students will require around 120 hours to complete this course. Depending on your proficiency, efficiency, and skill level, exact times may vary.