The Bettina’s Kitchen Retreat Chef Academy
Are you uninspired cooking in the same kitchen day in, day out?
Do you long for the freedom and knowledge to play with culture, flavour and variety in your recipes?
Are you ready to travel around the world while getting paid to feed people?
Do you want to use your recipes to make a difference in the lives of people on transformational health and wellbeing journeys?
I am so excited to finally launch The Bettina’s Kitchen Retreat Chef Academy to teach you how to master the art of retreat cooking and implement it into a career you love.
I spent 7 formative years as a retreat chef. Cooking on retreats gave me an arena in which I could experiment with my style, working methods, and flavour profiles. Twenty four hours a day for a seven-day trip was a long time to be gifted with to discover ingredients and the ways in which what I did with those ingredients add value to someone else’s life. It’s intimate and growth-promoting and kept my feet steadily on the ground and in direct relationships with my clients and my craft. I now want to pass that onto you.
This course has been years in the making and planning and I am so proud to finally be able to offer this intensive learning experience to teach you:
The nuances of retreat cooking
How to deliver exceptional cuisine within a retreat setting
How to curate delicious, healthy plant-based dishes to nourish and inspire guests on their transformational journeys.
How to live your dream and enjoy a successful career as a retreat chef
Being a great retreat chef is about so much more than just cooking lovely meals.
The role also requires you to also be an excellent menu planner, budget-er, accountant, and contract negotiator. The best retreat chefs know how to handle stress and time management, insurance, food allergies, and demanding clients and bosses with ease. All whilst delivering memorable, balanced meals to support yoga, exercise and the overall style, and the environment in which the retreats are held.
Enrol onto The Bettina’s Kitchen Retreat Chef Academy to learn all of these essential practical skills, and gain invaluable creativity, motivation, and industry connections to truly develop a rewarding career as a Retreat Chef.
The Bettina’s Kitchen Retreat Chef Academy is open to anyone currently working as a chef or a retreat chef, a venue owner, a course leader, or anyone about to embark on a career in the retreat industry, to learn the intricacies and skills required to create menus, develop recipes, manage operations and run a kitchen within a retreat setting.
I invite you to come prepared to explore and learn every detail behind creating extraordinary, unforgettable retreat food. Get ready to delve into the art of crafting a functional menu to perfectly align the flow and focus of each day on a retreat. Learn how to use food to enhance the profound lessons and experiences of guests, whilst supporting the aims of the retreat facilitators.
The Bettina’s Kitchen Retreat Chef Academy course runs for 7 full days from 28th October to 3rd November 2019 (the last day consists of final presentations).
Each 8:30 am-5:30 pm day incorporates an in-depth exploration and immersive learning experience into exactly what it takes to become a successful and in-demand retreat chef.
Benefit from comprehensive hands-on cooking classes in small group setting
How to create your own breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks and drinks recipes
Learn how to adapt your menus and ingredients for the content of each retreat
Learn how to cook plant-based, free-from dishes and how to accommodate allergies and intolerances
Networking and meeting the fellow trainees on the course.
Opportunity to win a place as a chef on one of two established retreats upon course graduation
Creativity and a signature style:
Develop your own cooking style to enhance your employability and establish yourself within the industry.
Explore your favourite flavours, nutritional profiles and ingredients to enhance your personal style.
Build your confidence in the kitchen and learn how to hone your intuitive skills as a chef.
Business and Operations:
Strengthen your practical and management skills and develop a business model to enable you to enter every new retreat kitchen and execute your craft with efficiency, professionalism and confidence
Learn how to structure and stock your kitchen, source local produce and develop strong relationships with suppliers.
Learn how to navigate the intricacies of insurance, health and safety, staffing and invoicing without getting flummoxed!
In addition, each student will receive:
Certification from The Bettina’s Kitchen Retreat Chef Academy.
Comprehensive notes to use in practice.
A full recipe pack of everything covered in the course.
A copy of The Bettina’s Kitchen Retreat Chef Training Book, including a list of suppliers with discount codes.
Ongoing support, networking and work opportunities
Day 1, Monday
Learning Objectives: Plant-based Basics - the theory of plant-based cooking techniques
- Food safety and hygiene
- Pantry basics — how to create your plant-based retreat toolkit of essentials
- Menu planning and budgeting
- Equipment & knife skills
- How to set up your kitchen space when your kitchen is ever-changing
Day 2, Tuesday
Learning Objectives: Plant-based Basics - a note on plant nuts and seeds
- Nut and seed milks
- Yogurts and creams
- Nut and seed based cheeses: almond, macadamia, cashew and seed based
- Fermentation processes: jun, kefir, pickles, sauerkrauts and kombucha
Day 3, Wednesday:
Learning Objectives: Plant-based Baking - how to bake gluten-free
- Breads, crackers, flatbreads and focaccia
- Cakes and desserts
- Pizza bases
- Sweet and savoury granolas
Day 4, Thursday
Learning Objectives: Plant Based Proteins - Grains and the importance of texture
- Fat sources and boosters
- Dressings and pastes
- Meal composition
- Pantry staples
Day 5, Friday
Learning Objectives: Chocolate and cacao - bean to bar
- Desserts: ice creams, nut-based desserts and allergen-free alternatives
- Sweet creams: nut-based desserts and allergen-free alternatives
- Spices, herbs and superfood boosters
- Snacks and drinks
Day 6, Saturday:
Learning Objectives: Practicalities
- Guest lecture by Jools Sampson, founder of Reclaim Yourself Retreats
- The do's and dont's of retreat cheffing
- Insurance, contracts and negotiating your day rate
- Project: create your own menu
- Research, development and ingredient sourcing.
Day 7, Sunday
Execution and presentation of the last project
Everyone will be given their end of course project brief on Day 1, which will outline the retreat type, venue, number of clients they will need to design and cook a menu for.
The project will require each student to implement what they have learnt over the week and present the final menu according to their project outline. This includes cooking a 3-course example from their menu brief.
Students will also need to demonstrate budgeting, menu planning (shopping list) ingredient sourcing and other skills necessary within the role of a retreat chef.
WINNER Announced for a Bettina’s Kitchen Retreat Placement
- One student will WIN a placement on a Bettina’s Kitchen Retreat.
What to Expect
As a Retreat Chef Academy student you will:
Gain a full understanding of how retreat cheffing works from the inside out
Benefit from one on one coaching with Bettina for the full 7-day course, from 8:30 to 17:30 each day
Receive access to a closed Alumni Members Facebook group for:
Exclusive opportunities to secure work on upcoming retreats and placements all over the world.
The invaluable ability to ask questions and have them answered while on a job.
Tips and technique sharing and long-lasting work connections.
- Each day we will eat what we make together and go in depth with every technique.
An Investment in Yourself:
The course costs a total of £1,950
Please note: this does not include any flights, accommodation or private insurance you may need in order to attend.
Accommodation can be recommended. If there are more of you, we suggest renting an Airbnb together for the duration of the course.
The balance can be paid in full or in 3 instalments:
- 30% deposit on enrolment
- 30% 8 weeks prior to start
- 40% 4 weeks prior to start
For further information and to secure your place please email email@example.com
Lots of love