Welcome to the birthplace of gourmet raw vegan cuisine!

female chef workLearn from the best! Living Light Culinary Institute is the world's premier plant-based chef training school training students from more than 60 countries. Since 1998 we've trained many of the world's top chefs and instructors in the art and science of raw vegan cuisine, and we've gathered together a core group of highly professional and dedicated instructors and raw food chefs as members of our staff.

Are you interested in improving your health and vitality, achieving and maintaining your ideal weight, learning how to make healthy delicious meals for your family, or addressing health challenges for yourself or a loved one? Or maybe you are ready to start a satisfying and meaningful new career in a field you love? Living Light can help!

You'll receive the best raw food education in the world from our talented faculty who are fully committed to helping every student achieve the highest standard of excellence. We offer a variety of gourmet raw vegan culinary and nutrition courses and certifications for students with every level of experience. Everyone - from complete novice to professional chef - is welcome.

We're proud to say that you'll receive a warm and accepting welcome regardless of your age, skill level, walk of life, or current dietary practices. From the very first phone call through graduation and beyond, you'll be guided with expert advice from our friendly, capable team. And we offer our courses in segments, to suit your schedule and pocketbook.

“If you are looking for a quick, but concise program to gain essential education in raw food preparation – this is it!”
~ Chris C, FL, Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Instructor

“Whether you are a foodie interested in creating a safe, healthy kitchen for you and your family, or you want to be a paid chef, these classes will increase your knowledge and skills to be better at creating healthy foods in a creative way.”
~Janet L, AZ, Essentials of Raw Living Foods, Science of Raw Food Nutrition I

“Living Light Culinary Institute has had an important impact on my path and has inspired countless others. I honor Cherie and her vision, and offer high respect, praise, appreciation, and of course my support in all that Living Light continues to achieve in the world. Cherie Soria has been a huge influence on my life, and I’ll always be grateful.”
~Chad Sarno, Austin, Celebrity Raw Food Chef, TX

Here are some of the highlights of a raw food education at Living Light Culinary Institute:

  • A state-of-the-art culinary and teaching facility with high quality audio/video services.
  • The most comprehensive and complete raw vegan culinary and nutrition curriculum available in the world.
  • Instruction in everything you need to know about the raw food diet.
  • Expert demos of each culinary technique before you practice it yourself.
  • An opportunity to develop raw food chef skills you never thought possible.
  • Affordable, eco-friendly accommodations (private or shared) at Living Light Inn.

California Approved Educational Programs

Living Light Culinary Institute's approval to operate in the state of California is based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) of 2009, which was effective January 1, 2010. The Act is administered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), under the Department of Consumer Affairs. Living Light Culinary Institute is a private institution and is approved to operate by the Bureau, which means a school is in compliance with the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009.

The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education can be contacted at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, or their toll-free telephone number 888.370.7589 or by fax 916.263.1897.

See our Approved Educational Program List.

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