Matthew Kenney Culinary Program Overview
Matthew Kenney Culinary was created to meet the increasing interest in living foods and the art of raw food preparation. Our raw and vegan culinary school emphasizes the use of whole, organic, unprocessed, plant-based foods to achieve healthy, aesthetically refined and flavorful cuisine. Our intimate classes and personalized instruction allow for a successful integrated hands-on experience, within a custom designed, state-of-the-art living foods kitchen.
The core program at Matthew Kenney Culinary focuses on the Fundamentals of Raw Cuisine, which offers students comprehensive training in the principles behind the art of raw food. We also offer Advanced Raw Cuisine curriculum focusing on the modern, creative approach to living foods. These programs are structured so that students build on their techniques to execute innovative raw and vegan cuisine at the highest level. Our programs are designed for those interested in the culinary art of raw foods at the home entertainment level, while using professional-style techniques. We welcome students from around the world into our interactive culinary courses. Our extensive, refined living cuisine instruction is based on structured and classic building blocks of culinary programs.
CLASSICAL STRUCTURE WITH INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUES
Our programs provide the first and only classically structured plant-based culinary courses in the world. Matthew Kenney Culinary students graduate with the expertise and technique to create healthy, aesthetically refined and flavorful raw and vegan cuisine. The foundation of our instruction, based on knife skills, flavor and texture balancing, as well as artful plating, together with our cutting-edge equipment and innovative techniques, makes Matthew Kenney Culinary unlike any other plant-based academy in the world.
Matthew Kenney Culinary has been recognized by Food & Wine magazine as, one of the best cooking classes in the world, a testament to our culinary approach, unmatched curriculum, outstanding instruction, and the expertise of Founder, professional Chef Matthew Kenney. Courses are in line with his classical background, unlike many plant-based culinary academy educators who are self-taught or mentored by others who have not studied in professional culinary programs.
AN OPEN-MINDED APPROACH TO CREATIVITY
At Matthew Kenney Culinary we encourage students to explore their passion for raw and vegan cuisine through the real world applications of designing menus and writing recipes from scratch, instead of teaching recipes with pre-measured and limited ingredients. Our instructors support student’s ingredient choices with visits to the Santa Monica and Venice Farmer’s Market for local and seasonal produce, and teach how to make future adjustments for food allergies and personal preference. Chefs often run out of a specific produce, spice, ingredient or are restricted by their geographic region or access, it’s crucial to know how to substitute and improvise.
INDIVIDUALIZED WORKSTATIONS AND CUTTING EDGE EQUIPMENT
Traditional culinary programs typically require multiple students to share the same crowded workstations and equipment. We designed our classrooms with individual stations and limit class sizes to not compromise the educational experience. Individual workstations and access to cutting edge equipment enhances comfort, creativity, and allows for hands on learning.
Everything we do is chef-driven. It’s essential to understand advanced tools, techniques and equipment for true innovation. At Matthew Kenney Culinary we invest in the highest quality equipment and tools for our students. Our students have access to the same equipment our chefs use; the Pacojet, sous vide, anti-griddle, smoking gun, high-powered blenders, turning slicers, dehydrators, juicers, are few of the machines and tools students work with as part of our raw and vegan culinary school curriculum.
REAL WORLD PLANT-BASED RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE
Many of our students want to become chefs or open their own plant-based restaurants, some are searching for their next step, and others are looking to change their lifestyle. Chefs attend to enhance their existing training and bridge the gap between culinary art and nutrition. The majority of culinary schools guide you through their programs in a classroom or commissary setting, lacking the opportunity to experience innovative restaurants. Our physical academies are adjacent to our award winning restaurants, giving students a priceless “behind the scenes” real-world perspective. Students often are inspired to work in the restaurant or apply for internships after attending our courses.
THE MATTHEW KENNEY CULINARY CERTIFICATE AND SEAL
Students receive the highly admired Matthew Kenney Certificate upon completion of each of the four, one-week long courses under each level. After graduating the Matthew Kenney Academy Level I, Level II or Level III, students receive a seal for use on resumes or marketing materials. The skill set gained from Matthew Kenney Culinary is unparalleled to any other academy in the plant-based world; the certificate and seals mark this culinary education achievement.
EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO MATTHEW KENNEY ALUMNI NETWORK
One of the most cherished aspects of attending Matthew Kenney Culinary is gaining access to our exclusive alumni network. We attract everyone from the most advanced to beginning culinary students, including world renown and private chefs, health coaches, start-up and experienced entrepreneurs, vegans, vegetarians, moms and those committed to living a plant-based lifestyle. After completing the Matthew Kenney Culinary Level I, Level II or Level IIl, graduates can continue to access our social/culinary platform as an alumni to correspond with colleagues around the world as part of our alumni family.