Matthew Kenney Culinary Program Overview

Matthew Kenney Culinary was created to meet the increasing interest in plant-based cuisine and the art of its preparation. Our raw and vegan culinary academies emphasizes the use of whole, organic, unprocessed, plant-based foods to achieve healthy, aesthetically refined and flavorful cuisine. Intimate classes and personalized instruction allow for a successful integrated hands-on experience, within our custom designed, state-of-the-art classrooms and our unmatched online platform.


Matthew Kenney Culinary academies offer a variety of programs emphasizing the art of plant-based cuisine.  Curriculum employs a modern, creative approach structured so that students build on their techniques as they progress through courses. Students execute innovative raw and vegan cuisine at the highest level, learn from a variety of specialized courses, and expand their skillset. Matthew Kenney Culinary welcomes students from around the world. The program’s extensive, refined instruction is based on structured and classic building blocks of culinary programs and a multitude of experience and passion.


Matthew Kenney Culinary graduates gain the expertise to create healthy, aesthetically refined and flavorful raw and vegan cuisine. The foundation of instruction, based on knife skills, flavor and texture balancing, as well as artful plating, together with cutting-edge equipment and innovative techniques, make Matthew Kenney Culinary academies unlike any other plant-based culinary programs 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.


Matthew Kenney Culinary encourages students to explore a passion for raw and vegan cuisine through the real world applications of designing menus and writing recipes from scratch.  Instructors promote creativity instead of teaching recipes with pre-measured and limited ingredients. Instructors support student ingredient choices and allergies by teaching how to make adjustments and improvise when working with seasonal and local produce. Chefs often run out of specific produce, spices, ingredients or are restricted by their geographic region or access, it’s crucial to know how to substitute and improvise.

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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.

Matthew Kenney Culinary is entirely chef-driven. It’s essential to understand advanced tools, techniques and equipment for true innovation. Matthew Kenney Culinary invests in the highest quality equipment and tools for students who have access to the same equipment company 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 the raw and vegan culinary school curriculum. Online students are guided through equipment and ingredient needs in order to produce a similar experience for the home chef.


Many Matthew Kenney Culinary students want to become chefs or open 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 students through their programs in a classroom or commissary setting, lacking the opportunity to experience innovative restaurants. The Matthew Kenney Culinary physical academies are adjacent to Matthew Kenney’s 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 courses.

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Students receive the highly regarded Matthew Kenney Culinary certificate upon completion of each course. Graduates may also qualify to receive an electronic 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 these achievements.


One of the most cherished aspects of attending Matthew Kenney Culinary is gaining access to the exclusive and expansive alumni network. The academy attracts everyone from the most advanced to beginning culinary students, including world renowned and private chefs, health coaches, entrepreneurs, parents, vegans, vegetarians and those who are healing themselves or loved ones. After completing courses, graduates are invited to access our social/culinary platform to correspond with colleagues around the world as part of the alumni family.

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