Why did I choose Food Future Institute’s 120-lesson, year-long vegan cooking course to begin my culinary journey?
I could have easily continued creating my own dishes from my fairly limited repertoire, or pulling recipes from the many, many vegan food blogs out there and adapting them on my own. And though I deeply appreciate the time and energy all of those blogs put in and the inspiration they’ve provided me, I knew I wanted more extensive training to really be able to master the art (and science) of plant-based cooking and establish a foundation of skills and knowledge that I could take with me for the rest of my life – and FFI’s vegan cooking course felt like the program that would help me get there.
CHOOSING A VEGAN COOKING COURSE (WHAT THE DECISION CAME DOWN TO)
There are many a vegan cooking course out there — with Rouxbe and Forks Over Knives coming in at a close second and third place, respectively. While may still end up taking those courses at some point, Food Future Institute (FFI) Foundations simply felt the most in alignment with my goals at the moment — mastering knife skills and more advanced cooking techniques, engaging with and receiving in-depth feedback from plant-based chefs each step of the way, and learning every facet of what makes for a beautiful, dynamic, and nutritious plant-based diet.
Extremely lofty goals, yes, but when I think about food and the essential role it plays in our lives there’s little that feels more integral and essential to us individually and collectively — planet included. I also feel that FFI’s mission was most closely in alignment with my own “why,” which is the driving force behind this blog.
The FFI course virtually covers virtually every facet of plant-based cooking. They’re broken down the course into 18 ‘modules,’ which I’ve listed below.
FFI FOUNDATIONS COURSE SECTIONS
- Module 1: Kitchen Foundations + Knife Skills
- Module 2: Fundamentals of Raw Cuisine
- Module 3: Fermentation
- Module 4: Pantry, Freezer + Blends
- Module 5: Fromagerie
- Module 6: Salads + Dressings
- Module 7: The Humble Potato
- Module 8: Rice + Grains + Pulses
- Module 9: Shallow Fry
- Module 10: Center of Plate
- Module 11: Encapsulated Foods
- Module 12: Pizza
- Module 13: Flour + Water
- Module 14: Comfort Foods
- Module 15: Breakfast + Brunch
- Module 16: Yeasted Breads
- Module 17: Sweet Finale
- Module 18: The Final Presentation
Within each module, there are anywhere from 5-10 lessons and with each lesson completed, I upload a photo and brief write-up of my experience. If I have any questions or challenges I came across, I can ask the chefs (who also give me feedback after each lesson I’ve completed).
FFI COURSE BENEFITS
Another great feature is the live feed, where fellow students’ completed work is published in real-time. You can like and comment on their dishes, and also look to them for inspiration and first-hand experience on recipes you’re about to start on. This collaborative, community component was a major selling point for me.
The resources are also incredible. There are grocery lists, conversion charts, substitution lists, and equipment lists — it’s essentially a knowledge and resource library for every step of the journey.
All of this really justifies the $350 price point — and when you take into account the many features, it’s actually an incredible value.
If you have any questions about the course, drop me a line in the comments section below!