Level 1 Raw Vegan Chef Certification 

Revolutionize your chef skills through raw, plant-based nutrition and world-renowned recipes!


Welcome to Pure Joy Academy's Level 1 Raw Plant-Based Chef Certification Course. This course gives the student with little or no raw food culinary experience foundational training. It will help you to prepare and serve exquisite meals from the comfort of your own home.

Whether you want to advance in your professional culinary career or learn how to create healthy, healing gourmet dishes for your family and friends, this program will open your mind to a new and exciting way to prepare food. You will learn beginner techniques to create truly entertaining dishes, along with the science of flavor balancing and recipe development. We also offer a couple of advanced recipes to challenge and keep you engaged as you go along.

By the end of the Level 1 Certification Course, you will understand the ways in which the raw vegan food approach can support radiant wellness, and you will feel comfortable and excited about making your own simple to gourmet dishes.

Get ready to mix up new recipes in the kitchen, use spices and herbs you never knew had wellness-promoting properties, and walk away inspired to pursue your career as a plant-based chef.


Online learning doesn't mean you go at it alone.

You can complete the training on your own time in as little as a month, or at a pace, that's right for you (we recommend completing the course in 6 months but you can have as much time as you need). With monthly online seminars, a private support group, and an interactive online platform, you'll get the support and motivation you need to become your best-chef!

Become immersed in a fun and interactive culinary arts experience that is based on Elaina Love’s 20+ years of experience in developing allergy-free, low glycemic recipes! This online course is designed to help you build a new career, while simultaneously helping you achieve the healthy body you have always dreamed of.

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Hear what Sebrena achieved


In this course, you will walk away with the skills to:

  • succeed as a chef or teacher in the whole food wellness industry
  • navigate your kitchen like a pro - from set-up to everyday efficiency
  • nourish and heal your body with high energy superfoods
  • develop recipes which fit into all styles of eating: raw, vegan, paleo, and low-glycemic/low-carb
  • create delicious, nourishing, gluten-free, low-glycemic recipes for your family, cafe, or catering business
  • adapt to changing times as a Holistic Raw Food Chef
  • teach your clients the best and most integrative diet
  • optimized your nutrition for gut & brain health
  • create recipes you can eat on a daily basis (foundational foods)


"Elaina and Kate have been amazing so far! Their support and inspiration have been invaluable in helping me push myself and develop my raw food skills. I highly recommend Level 1 to anyone passionate about raw food, whether you're a beginner or looking to develop professional skills.

It's been a lot of fun, and I've learned so much already. If you're thinking about signing up for the training, I highly recommend it!

The knowledge and skills are well worth the investment. Thank you, Elaina and Kate, for all your guidance and support!"


"I LOVE this course, how it is set up so we can work at our own pace.

Your videos are informational and the course package that comes with it has good information included.

I made the lasagna a couple of days ago and it's amazing as is the bell pepper dressing! I even shared it with my colleagues at a catering company I work for and they (big meat eaters) thought it was fantastic!!"


"I have to say taking your course was a joy, and I learned so much! I have highly recommended the course to many of my friends. My next goal is to take a class with you 'in person'!

I loved LOVED the lasagna! My husband is part Italian and not vegan even enjoyed it!This is now my new go to recipe! I made it once again..and you may not want to hear this, but it was for a family dinner I know would not eat anything raw AND vegan so I baked it. That was the only thing I did different. EVERYONE loved it; it was the first dish to be finished off the table!!! That ricotta is to die for!
Every layer is amazing and no one missed or even noticed it had no noodles!!! So great! This will be made monthly in my home! Thank you for these fantastic recipes!"


In addition to the full instructional and professional recipe videos, we provide features to accommodate all the different ways people like to learn, so you can internalize the information easily!

Variety, Flavor, Quick Recipes that Become Staples. Easy to Follow. Happy Taste Buds. No Deprivation.

Course Synopsis

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Essential Culinary Lessons

These fundamental lessons are crucial for obtaining the knowledge needed to become the best plant-based chef on the planet. From professional knife skills, setting up your kitchen, stocking your pantry (ingredient and equipment list included), dehydration, and so much more, you'll be ready to dive into your recipes.

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Basic to Gourmet Dips and Spreads

Learn how to create unforgettably delicious dips like our famous Sunflower Onion Dip, Mock Salmon Mousse, No-Bean Hummus, and Spicy Miso Paste.

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Superfood Smoothies, Juices, and Elixirs

Alkalize with our unique, nutrition-dense beverages without sacrificing taste or texture. Learn how to craft your own healing beverages for your menu.

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Salads and Dressings

YUM YUM YUM! I absolutely LOVE the flavor in this salad! I made it with wakame and it was so delicious and all the other colors pop. I love how all of your recipes give options, it is great for picky people like myself!"

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Simple to Gourmet Breakfasts

Raw foods are never boring when you start out your day with our kind of breakfast! Learn how to make your own granola, cereals, and breakfast parfaits that satisfy your morning routine.

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Never buy store-bought fixings again! Learn how to make your own mustards, ketchup, BBQ sauce, Mayos and more.

Bread, Burgers, and Crackers

The dangers of high heat cooking and toxic byproducts will never be your concern again. The world of dehydration is a practical life-long skill you can use to mimic your starchy favorites.


More than just 'zoodles,' this module dives deep into the texture and taste techniques to really pull off your favorite pasta dishes. Learn how to make creamy alfredo's, pestos, cheezes, and more.

Decadent Desserts

Discover a whole new take on raw desserts. There are many different ways to make raw, plant-based cheesecakes, pies, bliss balls; including garnishing and plating! We teach you how to 'lighten up' your favorites.

Recipe and Technique Assignments and Quizzes

Test your skills and get feedback. We send reminder emails to make sure you are checking in and staying on track.

How to Shop (and get the best deals)

What are the best ingredients and where to shop for them? Learn how to outfit your kitchen like a pro with the top-rated culinary tools and ingredients. You will gain access to our favorite brands and ingredients so you can feel confident you will get the best out of your recipes.

Ongoing Support and Networking in our Private Facebook Support Community

We pride ourselves on our support system pre and post-course. We want you to succeed in your health goals long after your coursework is done! Plus, you will receive bonus recipes by staying active in the group. Sometimes we post a surprise recipe video even after the course is over.

What You Can Do With Your Certification

  • Teach clients one-on-one

  • Write a cook book

  • Teach cooking classes

  • Cater retreats

  • Host cooking shows

  • Create meal plans

  • Teach in corporate wellness programs

  • Become a private chef

  • Become a food blogger/influencer

  • Create your own food products

You will have the skills and practice to create the career of your dreams in the plant-based holistic wellness industry with the guidance from Elaina Love and the Pure Joy Academy Team and Alumni through our Pure Joy Graduates Community and private networking/support group.

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Hear what Michelina achieved


Get intimate access to your online Instructor and peers, ask questions and personalized feedback on the things you're learning and applying via our online private facebook support group. Be supported by an entire community of creative chefs just waiting to cheer you on with your recipe achievements. (You may even make a creative friend for life!)

If you have any tuition or course questions please contact [email protected]

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"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, USA

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.

Katelyn Louise

Katelyn (aka Kate) specializes in healing autoimmune through low-glycemic, gluten-free, plant-based foods, with an emphasis on medicinal herbs, medicinal mushrooms and superfoods.

She is passionate about detox since she was able to renew her health through cleansing and nourishing her own body.

Kate has taught and facilitated raw, plant-based chef trainings, detox retreats, classes and workshops worldwide for years. She is a private chef and works with clients one-on-one to help them transition to a healthier gluten and grain-free diet with delicious alternatives.She'll show you the top superfoods and which ones you should start with, how to make healing Medicinal Elixirs using herbal medicine and tonic teas, everything you need to know about medicinal mushrooms, adaptogens, and why you need them to heal your gut and boost your immunity.


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6 monthly payments

Includes the Level 1 and Level 2 Certification