Plant-Based Low Carb Chef Certification – Bend, OR, June 2019

Low-Glycemic Plant-Based Gluten-Free Chef Training for the Professional or Home Chef - Level 1-3

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"Pure Joy Academy took my passion for food and healthy eating to the next level! From the daily lectures on conscious communication and thinking, to the demos and hands-on portion where you can literally taste the love energy that goes into preparing food…this invaluable experience has confirmed that I am a chef at heart who is here to help heal the world, one plant-based meal at a time! During my travels following the course, I have learned to eat more simply utilizing what is available, and my brain is constantly thinking, “how can I make this dish more raw or alive?!”

- Monique Bogni, NYC

Our Plant-Based Low Carb Chef Certification is a blend of nutritional science and hands-on culinary arts taught by Elaina Love, Kate Lahusen, and dedicated certified Instructors. Immerse yourself in the healing power of holistic nutrition and cutting-edge culinary arts. You will learn the building blocks of optimal health and how to heal and nourish your body using low carb, plant-based, gourmet foods. This course differs from our Raw Chef Certification in that it includes raw recipes as well as gluten-free low-carb baking and cooking, cooked & raw 50-50 fusion recipes, gourmet cooked meals featuring grain-free recipes, medicinal elixirs, and gourmet coffee elixirs, using healing tinctures, gourmet desserts, sugar-free chocolates and plenty more.

All levels welcome. This is our foundational course and is perfect for the beginner home chef to the well-versed chef. Our techniques are unique and cutting edge, taking the experience of over 20 years and adapted those techniques to what is relevant today. Most students take all 3 levels but you can just take Level 1 or come back and join us for your full certification at a later date. Prerequisite: None

Whether you want to advance in your professional culinary career or learn how to create new healthy Plant-Based Low Carb Chef dishes for your family and friends, this program will open your mind to a new and exciting way to prepare food. You will cover beginning to advanced techniques to create positively delectable dishes, along with the science of flavor balancing and recipe development.

Upon completing our 3-week vegan chef certification, you will have prepared over 100 delicious, nourishing, gluten-free, low-glycemic and family friendly meals. Includes daily nutrition lessons, Q&A with Elaina Love and talks from special expert guests. As you complete Level 3 you will learn how to create your business model, menu planning, get a class in food photography, and do a live demo. You will also get a lot of opportunity for recipe development along the way. Receive constructive feedback from your peers and instructors on your dishes, photography and live presentation. We will have a hands-on catering experience creating a paid gourmet dinner for community residents. You can feel confident that you will get the highest quality, health-minded, Plant-Based Low Carb Chef Certifications in the world! We pride ourselves on having a stellar low glycemic, cashew-free, peanut-free, gluten-free, and grain-free training. We deliver cutting-edge health science in our nutrition courses. You will make healthy, delicious dishes designed to make you feel light and energized. Our training will give you confidence as a coach, teacher, business owner or home chef.

Bend, Oregon is known for its bustling downtown shops, it’s nature hikes along the river, skiing and water sports. There are plenty of outdoor winter activities to inspire your fitness goals. Use your free time in the evenings and days off during the training to explore the beauty of Central Oregon.

You can feel confident that you will get the highest quality, health-minded, Plant-Based Low Carb Chef Certifications in the world! We pride ourselves on making our course a stellar, low glycemic, cashew-free, peanut-free, gluten-free, and grain-free training. We deliver cutting-edge health science in our nutrition classes. You will make healthy, delicious dishes designed to make you feel light and energized. Our training will give you confidence as a coach, teacher, business owner or home chef

In this course you will learn:

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  • The skills you need to succeed as a chef or teacher in the whole food wellness industry
  • How to navigate your kitchen like a pro - from set up to everyday efficiency
  • How to nourish and heal your body with high energy super foods, herbs, cultured foods, and medicinal mushrooms
  • Recipes which fit into all styles of eating: raw, vegan, paleo, ketogenic, and low glycemic/carb
  • All recipes have low glycemic sweetener options for the healing home/professional
  • PLUS! Get your exercise and grounding in before class starts with our daily morning yoga and Qi Gong classes.

Photo by Pure Joy Student - Crystal Bonnet of RawRevive

Level 1, 2, & 3 Chef Certification Course Skills Include

  • Nutritional information and guidance on how to live a healthier low sugar life
  • Everyday Healthy & Easy Meals for the Whole Family
  • Your Guide To Kitchen Tools and Equipment
    • Master Dehydration
  • Professional Recipes for Cafes and Restaurants (See Full List Here)
    • Low-Glycemic Gluten/Grain-Free, Decadent Gourmet Desserts
    • Gluten and Grain-Free Bread, Crackers, Pizzas & More
    • Mastery of Sprouting & Culturing Techniques
    • Cleansing With Raw Vegan Foods
  • Tips and techniques for Plating and Catering like a Pro
  • Precise and Polished Recipe Demonstrations
  • Useful Recipes and Ideas for a Commercial Food Business
  • Ask questions in real time to our team of Pure Joy Chef's
  • PLUS! Get your exercise and grounding in before class starts with our daily morning Yoga and Qi Gong classes.
  • Once You Get Your Certification, receive these bonuses:
    • Access 24/7 to Pure Joy Planet's Online Community. Be invited to our private student Facebook group to connect, get advice, and network with instructors, alumni and current students.
    • Exclusive invitation to and Business Mastermind Events & Retreats.

Level 1: 5-Day Immersion into Plant-Based Cuisine

Monday, June 17th – Friday, June 21st

This course is a blend of theoretical and hands-on training taught by the experts in plant-based nutrition. As a graduate, you will have prepared over 50 delicious meals which are nourishing, gluten-free, low-glycemic and suitable for families and diabetic, keto and gluten-free clients alike. You will become versed in the latest nutrition information, including gut and brain health, and tools for optimal living. Prerequisite: None

Level 2: 5-Day Advanced Concepts in Plant-Based Cuisine

Monday, June 17th – Friday, June 21st

This coursework is a great beginning to prepare for a career in plant-based culinary arts. Tailored to increase your understanding of how food affects the body, you will explore how to create a balanced nutrition plan for your unique body type. We will explore our personal doshas, body type balancing and how eating affects our entire system as a whole. You will learn advanced culinary techniques to increase your repertoire of hearty and healing vegan dishes. Prerequisite: Certification in Level 1

Level 3: Mastery of Plant-Based Cuisine

Monday, July 1st – Friday, July 5th

Level 3 is an advanced chef training focusing on advanced baking and pastry techniques, gourmet desserts (raw and cooked), chocolate making and more. In addition to the excellent teaching and training you will get throughout the entire course, we have created a way for you to put everything you have learned into hands-on practice in a very special pop-up dinner for our Bend community. Become an expert in catering to a large group and making your recipes explode with flavor! Get inspired and learn ideas on how to start a plant-based food business, and learn the next steps to take as a nutritional food educator with real nutrition facts. Take your presentation and teaching skills to a whole new level. This course is suitable for vegan chefs and teachers, professional chefs, health professionals or anyone who wants to add more Plant-Based Cuisine to their repertoire. This is for you if you want to make more inspiring, satisfying meals. Prerequisite: Certification in Level 2
  • Get real hands-on catering and business experience – During your Level 3 certification, you will be helping Pure Joy Kitchen cater a large dinner. You will also be involved in cafe food production.
  • Job placement opportunities. Become certified as a Pure Joy Instructor – apply to intern in order to become one of our instructors or to open your own Pure Joy Culinary Academy Branch.
  • Surround and network with other like-minded individuals – Connect with other students from around the world.

Receive your name on a printable PDF Professional Certification signed by Elaina Love.


{Payment plans available for special circumstances.}

Each Level

Early Bird Tuition: $1,999 USD

Regular (after September 1st): $2,199 USD

Purchase all 3 Levels

Early Bird Level 1-3 Tuition: $5,199 USD (save $801 USD)

"I am really enjoying the recipes...what a difference in am noticing in energy levels too!! I am hoping to start up a juice/smoothie bar in my community and add raw food to the menu....and am being certified as a raw food chef so also hope to give workshops on healthy living, incorporating all this great information and new skills......so exciting. Thank you."

- Liz, USA

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Gluten-free & Low-glycemic & Low sugar

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Join our Pure Joy Family!

Once you complete your Professional Certification, Pure Joy Academy offers job opportunities working with our alumni or in our production facility or as an independent instructor teaching classes in your own home town. Let’s spread the health and pure joy message together!

As a Certified Pure Joy Chef you will be part of our Pure Joy Alumni database. This exclusive group provides an amazing opportunity to network and connect with others in this exciting culinary field. We have graduates from around the world who actively ask questions and post job opportunities. Elaina Love and the Pure Joy Academy Team are available daily to answer questions at anytime. As a graduate, you will also be invited to our exclusive Pure Joy Alumni Summer Retreats!

"I am absolutely loving my Raw Chef Training! Each time I watch one of the online videos, I feel motivated and inspired to get in the kitchen and "cook"! Elaina has a beautiful way of expressing her vast knowledge about raw foods and nutrition in a way that feels inviting and supportive. Because of her genuine approach, I feel as though I know her even though we have yet to meet in person. One of my favorite recipes is the Rice Paper Spring Rolls with the Sunflower Pate! Wow! What a healthy, happy treat to bring to a party! And, the variations are endless. I really love it with the crunch of the daikon. I also really love the Chocolate Clusters. I try to keep them hand at all times.... they easily fill the need for the perfect sweet treat followed with a cup of herbal tea. Yummy! I love that Elaina encourages her students to have fun and play with the recipes. I found that sometimes I felt compelled to add more of 'this' and less of 'that' and each time my dish has turned out delightfully yummy! I have been a vegan for many years and I have wanted to learn how to include more raw foods into my life, yet I have felt afraid of failing until now. This course has sparked an inner belief in myself that had been asleep. Elaina's loving kindness is contagious and she delivers the recipes and nutritional information in a way that makes me want to keep making new recipes every day. This course has been such a gift for me! I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to improve their lifestyle one recipe at at time! I am so grateful for the opportunity to share vegan treats with people and to watch them awaken to the wonderful world of plant based eating! Thank you so much!" -

- Jennifer Vitalo


Your Instructor

Elaina Love
Elaina Love

Elaina Love is a leading authority on nutrition and health. She's an author of 3 plant-based recipe books, a speaker, and an internationally renowned chef with over 20 years of experience. Elaina Love is the founder and director of Pure Joy Culinary Academy, a cutting-edge plant-based culinary arts and nutrition school. The Academy is designed to teach students how to prepare the best meals on the planet while healing and nourishing their bodies.

Over the last 20 years, Elaina’s low glycemic, grain-free, full-flavored holistic recipes, and gourmet dishes have shaped the vegan food industry. She has coached and inspired hundreds of aspiring chefs and individuals who want to change their life, both in person and through her online programs.

Through whole, and mostly plant-based foods, cleansing, and fasting, Elaina has healed herself from a serious case of systemic candida, chronic fatigue, hormone imbalances during menopause and cleared up her severe skin problems. She is the creator and producer of the first-ever nut milk bag, The Amazing Nut Milk Bag, and continues to create new recipes and content for online courses and retreats.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the online portion of this course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Can I book a one-on-one consultation wtih Elaina Love or one of the Pure Joy Culinary Academy staff?
Absolutely! We are here to help! As part of the certification program, we offer a 15 minute goal setting call with Elaina or one of the team. We are also available Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm MST for questions during your coursework. Once you are ready to take your final verbal exam, you are required to book another call with Elaina!
What equipment will I need for this course?
A sharp, 8-inch chef's knife with guard. Knife's can be purchase upon request before the course starts. Ask us for a recommendation if you want to get one on your own. We know the best!
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes! Please email Katelyn directly at [email protected] to ask about our monthly payment option. Please note, all tuition fees must be paid in full May 1st, 2018
Where do you students stay during the course?
Our students stay offsite, usually in Airbnb or hotels. Many students like to share housing to save on costs and to connect with others so I pair students up as they register.
What is the daily schedule?
Class starts promptly at 9am. We will be in class until around 5pm daily and we will all share in a meal and connect at that time. You can choose to stay or take your dinner to go.

If you have any tuition or course questions please contact Katelyn Louise directly at [email protected]

This course is closed for enrollment.