The Holistic Chef Academy is a vegan wholefood plant-based cookery school soon-to-launch in Phuket, Thailand founded and operated by Jamie Raftery, The Holistic Chef.
We will offer a variety of courses on the art of plant-based cuisine. The curriculum is modern, innovative, creative, playful and emphasizes the importance of finding joy and love in sourcing, preparing, cooking, and serving healthy delicious food.
Whether you're a home cook wanting to advance your skills and be inspired or a professional chef aiming to advance your career in the ever-growing business of health and wellness, The Holistic Chef Academy is a worthwhile investment for you.
Jamie is a renowned holistic chef with 20+ years in the culinary arts, having learned his craft with some of the top chefs in the world throughout his colorful career.
Jamie founded The Holistic Chef in 2015 with the underlining aim and intention to make a positive impact in people's lives through inspiring healthy food. Read more about Jamie
- The Holistic Chef Academy - Phuket, Thailand
- Holistic Chef Academy Course Details
- Update September 2021
- Get in touch for more information
- Phuket Accommodation
- Other Activities in Phuket
- More about Holistic Chef Academy Courses
- Who are the courses suited to?
- What to expect?
- Why participate?
- Benefits of embracing a wholefood plant-based lifestyle...
- Learn new recipes
- Testimonials from past students
- What's in store for the future - 2022
- Virtual Plant-Based Vegan Cookery School
- Be Inspired - Everything is possible
The Holistic Chef Academy - Phuket, Thailand
We could not have dreamt of a more idyllic place in the world to be launching our first Vegan Plant-Based Cookery School.
Phuket, the jewel of the Andaman Sea, is a lush tropical island on the Southern tip of Thailand. Fresh ingredients grow in abundance here with an ideal climate of sunshine, rain, humidity, and ocean breeze.
A vast array of tropical and indigenous fruits, vegetables, salads, grains, mushrooms, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, shoots, barks, flowers, and seaweeds are readily available for creating some of the most delicious tasting and nutritious plant-based recipes on Earth.
The locals here in Phuket and South Thailand are welcoming, friendly, and proud of their culinary heritage. Thailand has a tradition of agriculture and permaculture.
New Theory Farming System was developed in Thailand by Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1973, and King Rama XI carried on the developments with The Royal Project
Holistic Chef Academy Course Details
We have 3 different options for you to join
- 1 week diploma course
- Weekend intensive course
- One day courses
Holistic Chef Academy - Diploma Level One
1-week in-depth course covering all aspects of plant-based cooking. This course consists of 5 modules.
- Raw food: Sweet & Savoury
- Vegan cookery
- Desserts & Bakery
Holistic Chef Academy - Weekend Intensive
Weekend intensive course. This course takes place on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am - 5 pm. We have a lot of content to fit in!
- Breakfast, Raw Food & Fermentation - 1 day
- Main-meals: International & Classics - ½ day
- Desserts & Baking - ½ day
Holistic Chef Academy - One Day Courses
These one-day courses are designed to give you an in-depth introduction to a specific area of cuisine. One day courses are from 10 am to 2 pm, with a family-style lunch served after, to talk over the day's learnings
- Introduction To plant-based food and lifestyle
- Breakfasts of champions
- Raw food class - Salads & Appetisers
- Wild fermentation
- Raw food class - Desserts & Sweets
- Plant-based meals for life
- Healthy snacks
- Healthy baking & breads
- Juicing & smoothies
Update September 2021
Get in touch for more information
Discover and explore all Phuket has to offer. There is great accommodation available to suit all budgets. We have a list of recommended Hotels and Villas with a special rate for Holistic Chef Academy students.
Other Activities in Phuket
Make an unforgettable holiday of a lifetime while learning all about holistic plant-based cookery. Relax, refresh and recharge after a busy morning and afternoon of cooking. Phuket has lots of fun, exciting and unique activities to experience.
- Yoga & Meditation
- Fitness - CrossFit
- Muay Thai training
- Thai Massage
- Thai language class
- Sight seeing tour
- Gibbons sanctuary
- Soi dog foundation
- Elephant sanctuary
- Island hopping
- Free diving
- Kite surfing
- Scuba diving
- Bluetree waterpark lagoon
- Local food markets
- Local restaurants
- Bamboo tattoo
- Salsa dancing
- Disco dancing
- Cabaret shows
- Live music
More about Holistic Chef Academy Courses
Educate - Inspire - Empower
The Holistic Chef Academy is A vegan plant-based cookery school offering accessible and inspirational courses designed to empower you with the knowledge to learn new cookery skills and improve your health and well-being.
The signature Holistic Chef Academy diploma course consists of 5 modules and is curated to give anyone with an interest in healthier cooking the chance to learn invaluable skills to elevate their cooking to new heights.
Whether you’re a complete beginner or a more experienced cook, this comprehensive course covers the essential skills and techniques relating to wholefood plant-based ingredients – raw and cooked.
All our recipes are free from animal products and are predominantly gluten-free. We will ensure you leave us with a renewed sense of confidence in your cooking ability and with an array of delicious and nutritious recipes to reenact at home for your friends and family.
There is a great need for honest and authentic food education around the world. Change comes from within, we each hold the key but we struggle to unlock.
Who are the courses suited to?
The Holistic Chef Academy Vegan Cookery Course is suitable for all levels of cooks and aspiring chefs. Classes are well structured and easy to grasp for people looking to expand their repertoire, eat healthier, improve kitchen skills, meet new people, overcome illnesses, lose weight, improve and boost energy – vitality – skin - hair – happiness.
Jamie provides individual support and feedback throughout the classes.
What to expect?
Our well-structured courses are informal, relaxed, and fun. We start off with a celebratory pro-biotic elixir welcome drink and some light snacks. Everyone has an opportunity to meet each other and make new friends.
Jamie will run through the procedure for the class ahead and start off with the demonstration.
You will be clearly taken through the methods of each recipe and have lots of hands-on preparation and cooking as the class is divided into smaller groups or individually, with each group making different recipes or you will make them on your own depending on the recipe and class.
At the end of the class, you will have seen how all the recipes are made. Classes end with everyone sitting around the table to enjoy the food that has been cooked with a glass of wine or juice and discuss the different variations that you can make at home.
All students will receive a certificate of course completion and a full recipe pack to take home.
We each have a unique emotional relationship with food, that has evolved throughout our lives. Many factors influence our decisions on what we choose to eat: advertising, social media, habits, memories, nostalgia and travel are just a few.
Ultimately, what we choose to consume every day is one of the most crucial factors in our short and long-term health and well-being.
We are not only a result of what we eat; we are what our body can effectively digest from what we eat.
In this modern fast-paced busy world, we live in; We've been convinced that we no longer have time to source, prepare and cook our own food! We've come to rely on food delivery services and pre-packaged ready-to-go supermarket meals for convenience.
This is all well and good from time to time… but what happens when we allow corporations and restaurants to cook our food? We put our health in the hands of others and lose touch with what we are putting inside our bodies and where our food comes from.
We lose sight of our connection with food, the earth, and nature.
Cooking is one of the most vital life skills we perform on a daily basis. Everything we choose to eat is an investment in our short and long-term health and well-being.
What we sow, so shall we reap.
Our miracle body can put up with a certain amount of bad investments, but eventually, it can break down.
We must choose to invest wisely, our health is our greatest wealth.
Eat good = Feel goodMy simple mantra
Benefits of embracing a wholefood plant-based lifestyle...
- Re-learn how to eat and cook better foods and break down old food habits
- Lose weight in an enjoyable and sustainable way by embracing a wholefood plant-based lifestyle
- Improve skin tone
- Reduce the signs of aging
- Increase life-force energy and vitality
- Help to prevent illness and disease
- Take more responsibility for your own health and destiny
- Become happier and more contented by connecting with nature and the elements through embracing a plant-based lifestyle
- Save money – eating better does not necessarily cost an arm and a leg
- Improve relationships and career prospects.
Learn new recipes
Be inspired with new recipes and learn new techniques to take your healthy cooking skills to the next level.
Testimonials from past students
I just followed a wonderful cooking session with Jamie at Leith Cookery School and was most impressed by his recipes as well as by the depth of his knowledge and experience. He also has a lovely and warm presence which made the session even more enjoyable.Emanuelle Rio - Past student
Did a great session with Jamie at the imperial college with my exec chef Richard, on various fermenting techniques and the use of other healthy & nutritional ingredients in some product and recipe development. Jamie has a great depth of knowledge on health foods that are important in todays diet, allergy driven world.Tom Aikens - Imperial Collage London
Jamie has been a regular guest chef at Leiths for 2 years, both on our dedicated nutrition course and one day raw food and fermentation workshops. Students are hugely receptive to his teaching style, knowledge and enthusiasm. He’s great to work alongside. Those of us here who are lucky enough to have taught with him always admire his professional and passionate approach. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jamie!Leith's School of Food & Wine
What's in store for the future - 2022
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Virtual Plant-Based Vegan Cookery School
From my kitchen to yours
Jump over to my Virtual Cooking School to enroll in upcoming classes. I am really excited to be able to share my healthy recipes with you no matter where in the world you are.
Be Inspired - Everything is possible
The choices we make about what we eat, where it comes from, and how it is prepared, have a direct and powerful impact on the health of individuals, communities, and the environment.
We are all at different stages of our life journey. By joining The Holistic Chef Academy you are investing in your future health, wellbeing, and happiness. Developing your culinary skills is empowering you with invaluable knowledge to take with you for life.
I am looking forward to mentoring and supporting you on your culinary journey to becoming a ninja vegan cook! Read more about my animals to plants story.