Level 2 Raw Vegan Culinary Arts Certification Online

Advanced Level Holistic Plant-Based Recipe Training for Professional and Home Chefs | 100% Gluten-Free and Vegan

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Our Advanced, Revolutionary, Innovative, & Interactive Online Certification Program

Develop the knowledge and advanced skills to create unforgettable gourmet raw vegan dishes. For restaurant owners, private chefs, catering, wellness coaching, retreats, cafe menus, and more.

"I’ve completed many Raw Food Courses and this one by FAR was my favorite! Elaina’s recipes are gourmet but not too rich so that you still feel light and energized after eating them. I continuously make the course recipes all the time as part of my daily staples. You have never had raw lasagna until you try Elaina’s lasagna, hands down the best I’ve ever had!

I would HIGHLY recommend Pure Joy Academy if you are looking to increase your knowledge on living, plant-based foods or are looking to take this seriously as a career. I have so much more confidence after completing this program!"

- Read Chef Crystal Dawn of Crystal Dawn Culinary review of the course here

"I can’t say enough from this course. It’s beyond amazing.

I have learned and gained so much knowledge, I have grown so much that I can’t wait to share with the world all my achievements. I am so proud of myself! Just like in Level I, I took this course with so much focus, concentration and some pressure as I wanted to make sure I was doing everything correctly – I needed to make sure that flavors were right and balanced, consistency was right and looks were spot on too. I respected the setting and dehydration time as well and I was more comfortable in thinking out side the box:

I knew when to add more seasoning, more sweetness and knew I had to keep working on the recipe until I was 100% satisfied. It took me around 4 months to complete this course as I had to wait for a few ingredients that I couldn't find here in Hong Kong.

The Sweet Pastries Module was one of my favorites of the course, if not the favorite. I loved the recipes and the versatility of the ingredients. I loved how the ingredients blended so well with each other to created amazing flavors and stunning desserts. I was so impressed with the chocolate cream pie, the raw rolls and the lemon raspberry cake (I was so skeptical about a zucchini cake) but the results were incredible.

I will make them staples at my Juicery shop for sure. They were a huge hit at home as well. I can’t wait to show you my creations. I fell in love with so many recipes, so many had WOWED me in a way that I was not expecting at all. I had some challenges too, not going to hide – like pipping the Butter cream frosting of the Lemon cake - as we are in the midst of the summer and humidity season in HK, the butter cream was melting every time a swirl was complete. So it was a battle between the heat and the setting.

After the Sweet Pastries, the Italian and Asian cuisine were my forte. Living in China for more than 28 years now and lived in Italy for 5 years I was so looking forward to try these flavors and OMG, I was blown away! They are so genuine and true to their roots. I can’t stop thinking about the Spinach Quiche, the Coconut wraps, the cannelloni, the lasagna – just to name a few. Congratulations in putting together such amazing recipes and course. Sure it’s not an easy task but I do believe that when we have passion for something, everything flows so smooth that nothing feels like and obligation. I loved discovering, trying, creating and re-creating. This is what amazes me in the Raw/Vegan Cuisine. Thanks to these amazing courses I have committed to further my studies within the Raw and Vegan world, and I know that this is just the very beginning."

- Mariana de Oliveira Dias, 2019

"Learning from Elaina was one of the best things that ever happened in my life! Ive never worked with and learnt from someone more passionate, inspiring and FUN! Elaina's recipes are creative, easy to make, versatile and delicious! I would recommend learning with Elaina at any chance you get!"

- Kelly Fielding, 2018

Are you ready to take your Raw Vegan Culinary skills to a professional level? Our Advanced Culinary Arts Certification Course is designed to prepare students working toward a career as a professional chef or who want to advance their current raw vegan chef skills to a more advanced level. This course will benefit restaurant owners, private chefs, wellness coaches, and students looking to grow in their holistic cheffing careers. If you are interested in expanding on your Level 1 Raw Vegan Chef Course studies, developing gourmet raw vegan culinary techniques, and holistic nutrition knowledge this is the perfect course for you .

This 8 Unit program is offered for those students who have either taken our Level 1 Raw Vegan Chef Course or have amassed hands-on experience through other classes, workshops, and self-study and have established a solid raw vegan chef foundation. Note: if you feel you are already advanced, we will need visual and written proof of your previous experience.

Become immersed in a fun and interactive culinary arts experience that is based on 20+ years of healing experience and developing allergy-free, low glycemic recipes! You will develop the skills need to adapt to an ever-changing health and wellness food market as we take a low-carb, keto-friendly approach to our recipes and nutrition foundation.

Regardless of your background, Pure Joy Academy is here to help you take your cooking and raw skills to a professional level. We bring you a solid and challenging online multimedia Advanced Culinary Course.

You can complete the training on your own time in as little as 3 months or at a pace that's right for you. Upon completing the course you have the option to receive your Advanced Certification (see criteria below) or pursue a Professional Certification by completing other culinary techniques under the guidance of Elaina Love (our Green Keto Culinary Certification will be released in 2021 or sooner).

Course Synopsis

Essential Culinary Instructional Videos

These Essential Foundational lessons created the foundation for your entire Advanced course. They are crucial for obtaining the knowledge needed to become the best plant-based chef on the planet. Some are a review from level 1 and will be good to look over before proceeding with your more advanced lessons.

  • Culinary Arts Knife Skills
  • Advanced Dehydration Techniques
  • Stocking your plant-based pantry
  • All about sweeteners and how to use them in raw food recipes (low glycemic education)
  • All about thickeners and how to use them in raw food recipes
  • How to make your own nut butter
  • How to purchase and open coconuts

Essential Nutrition Education

  • Supplements and Superfoods
  • Food Combining 101
  • Importance of buying organic
  • Cleansing 101

Advanced Essential Instructor Instructional Lessons

  • How to successfully teach your own recipe demonstration
  • Step-by-step demo set up materials
  • Teach your own 15-minute recipe demonstration. As part of your Professional Certification, you will be submitting your own recipe demo video (choose from 1 of the recipes in this course)
  • Quizzes and live online monthly seminars throughout keep our students engaged

Advanced Breads, Savory Pastries, Crackers and Roll

In this module you will learn a wide range of techniques for making delicious and satisfying grain-free alternative bread recipes.
  • Italian Bread Loaf
  • Savory Pastry Crust
  • Pizza
  • Calzones
  • Spinach Mushroom Quiche
  • Veggie Wraps for Cannelloni, Pot Stickers and Samosas
  • Coconut Wraps and Turmeric Coconut Wraps
  • Onion Herb Breadsticks or Pretzels
  • Bagels
  • Buckwheat Pita Chips
  • Un-Corn Tortillas or Taco Shells

Advanced Pastries and Desserts

Learn how to make scones, cakes, pies, custards, frostings and more to satisfy any sweet tooth. There is something for everyone and the best part is they are actually nourishing and healthy (diabetic friendly). These delicacies are perfect for any brunch or weekend breakfast and can be stored or frozen for a rainy day. Perfect for a cafe menu.

  • Blueberry Scones
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Jelly Rolls
  • Chocolate Danish
  • Chocolate Cream Pie
  • Chocolate Syrup or Ganache
  • Bavarian Cream Donut Filling or Pie Topping
  • Lemon Raspberry Wedding Cake (or Birthday)
  • Raspberry Jam
  • Butter Cream Cake Frosting
  • Honey "Butter"
  • Medicinal Mushroom Cappuccino Elixir

Grain-Free Noodles

Spiralize your way to healthier meals. Learn to make healthy and satisfying noodles that are free from all things wheat and starch!

  • Zucchini Noodles
  • Beet Noodles
  • Kelp Noodles
  • Carrot Noodles
  • Italian Pasta Noodles
  • Asian Seaweed Noodle Salad
  • Warm Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl

Asian Foods

Take a seat and prepare for a world of flavors with exciting ingredients and a variety of cuisines, including Chinese, Indian, and Thai dishes.

  • Vegetable Noodles
  • Coconut Curry Asian Bowl
  • Asian Noodle-Seaweed Salad
  • Chinese "Fried" Rice
  • Pot Sticker/Veggie Gyoza
  • Wraps for Gyoza
  • Hoisin Dipping Sauce
  • Fresh Spring Rolls

What our students are saying about our Asian Noodle-Seaweed Salad

"YUM YUM YUM! I absolutely LOVE the flavour in this salad! I made it with wakame and it was so delicious! I used black sesame seeds and I really like the colour it brought to it, it allowed all the other colours to pop. I used sesame oil and cayenne powder. I really did not enjoy preparing the wakame though, the texture through me off. I like seaweed chopped up, but not in long strips of yuckiness! Next time I will probably just add flaked seaweed to the salad, and kelp noodles instead, I love kelp noodles. I love how all of your recipes give options, it is great for picky people like myself!"

Italian Cuisine

Learn delicious, gluten-free and plant-based Italian cuisine that are rich in flavor, texture and comfort. Wow your loved ones with authentic flavors of real Italian delights using plant-based culinary techniques.

  • Cannelloni Wraps
  • Cannelloni Filling
    • "Cheese" Sauce
    • Red Sauce
    • Spinach
    • "Sausage"
  • Pizza Crust and Toppings
  • Calzones
  • Lasagna
  • Pasta Pomodoro

Lasagna review: "First, it was intimidating, especially due to different techniques and maybe the time it suggested it will take to make it, but at last, I overcame the “fear” and was very happy about it. I loved the outcome: marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, all the veggies tasted great together. To describe the taste: creamy on top and in between the layers, and great crunchy texture of the vegetables due to techniques used. As a whole: simply delicious."

BONUS: Cultured and Fermented Foods

Learn how to master fermentation techniques (culturing) like a pro with this comprehensive and easy to follow video series. Learn all the basics to 'culturing' your own sauerkraut, nut and seed cheeses, coconut yogurt and more!

  • Coconut Kefir
  • Coconut Yogurt
  • Cultured Nut/Seed Cheese
  • Feta "Cheese"
  • Parmesan "Cheese"
  • Herb "Cheese"
  • Garlic Dill Sauerkraut with Caraway

What You Can Do With Your Certification

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.

• 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


Work at Your Own Pace or With a Pure Joy Academy Instructor

As part of the certification process the Pure Joy Team provides guidance and feedback as you learn. The Professional Certification Program allows you to work on your own or have access to live chat anytime Monday to Friday 9-5pm MST.

Includes monthly online live virtual seminars so you can interact with your fellow classmates and get your questions answered in real time.

Learn How to Shop

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.

Join our Pure Joy Family!

Once you complete your Professional Certification, Pure Joy Academy offers job opportunities working with our alumni, in our production facility or as an independent instructor teaching classes in your own home town. Let’s spread the health and pure joy message together!

As a Certified Pure Joy Chef, you will be part of our Pure Joy Alumni database. This exclusive group provides an amazing opportunity to network and connect with others in this exciting culinary field. We have graduates from around the world who actively ask questions and post job opportunities. Elaina Love and the Pure Joy Academy Team are available daily to answer questions at anytime.

As a graduate, you will also be invited to our exclusive Pure Joy Alumni Summer Retreats.

Q: Is online learning effective?

A: Yes! In fact, a 2015 study by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that students in the health professions acquire knowledge and skills through online learning as well as or better than they do through traditional learning. Q

When you become Certified, you will have:

  • Culinary Arts Knife Skills
  • Pro Restaurant and Catering Techniques and Recipes
  • Low Carb, Low Glycemic Grain-Free Pastries
  • Delicious Gourmet Grain-Free, Low Glycemic Desserts
  • Satisfying Gluten-Free, Low Carb Breads, Crusts, Crackers and More
  • Global Cuisine - Recipe Knowledge of Food From Around the World
  • Fundamentals of Culturing Foods
  • Intro into Medicinal Elixirs and Herbal Tonics
  • Advanced Flavor Balancing
  • How to Teach a Successful Recipe Presentation
  • And much more!

How You Will Learn

  • Complete all recipes and course material.
  • Successfully complete all quizzes.
  • Complete and submit the Final Recipe Project which includes written PDF report of each recipe experience with a plated photo.
  • Complete a 15-Minute Recipe Demonstration Video using your favorite recipe from the course work to be submitted to Elaina Love for review.
  • Complete a 10 minute verbal exam video to be submitted to Elaina Love for review.

Tuition and Certification

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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]

"I might be making a bold statement, but I genuinely think that this recipe is the best recipe among all of the recipes that I have done throughout this course. This recipe was one where I genuinely had the most fun making and eating. I might not sound like it but I am not a big sweets person. However, this recipe blew my mind by how “un-vegan” it tasted and looked. Not saying that being vegan or vegetarian is bad but there is this perception that vegan or vegetarian food doesn’t taste as good as foods with animal products in them. With regular pastries and sweets, there is a heavy emphasis on dairy products I believe. Almost every iconic dessert (within the pastry and cake realms) involves dairy products. The French croissant, New York Cheesecake, crème brûlée, etc. Even chocolate needs other dairy products to manufacture it. However, this dessert takes the cake. Personally, this dessert does not require high technical skills to pull off. The crust was very straightforward in its requirements. Blend everything and press them into the tart/cake/pie pan and into the fridge or freezer to keep the shape. The pie filling was also not hard to make. Everything into the blender and you have yourself a very nice chocolate filling. The use of avocado and coconut gave it a creamy texture and a slight nutty sweet aroma. The cacao powder gave it the chocolatey taste. You wouldn’t be hard-pressed by people not being able to differentiate the two if you’ve had presented them actual chocolate filling and this alteration. It tasted that good."

- Edward, Malasia 2020

"For me, this was the Queen Recipe of the Course. That’s why I have left for last. I was so skeptical about the zucchini in the recipe but it proved me so wrong! What a fantastic recipe! The Lemon and Coconut flavors are so well blended. What a beautiful and refreshing recipe. I have used dehydrated lemons for decoration to add an extra twist. Shame for the melted butter cream but I will keep working on it until it’s firmer and perfect!"

- Mariana, 2019

"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 who I know would not eat anything raw AND vegan so I baked it. That was the only thing I did different. EVERYONE loved it and 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!!"

- Sonia, 2018

Your Instructor

Elaina Love
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.

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!

  • Lifetime access - so you can review the content as many times as you like, forever!
  • Monthly live seminars with your Instructors and fellow students - to ask your questions directly, live and in person! (They're even recorded, in case you miss one!)
  • Ask questions anytime - we're always just a click away: you can ask any questions in the integrated discussion forum, and we're committed to personally answering your questions, usually within 24 hours
  • Printable PDF materials - if you like to follow the videos along on paper, or keep them handy for a quick reference
  • Downloadable MP3 files - so you can review the content while you commute, workout, garden, ... anytime!

Course Curriculum

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"Elaina’s programs are one of he greatest experiences on my holistic health journey! Hr courses are so much more than “cooking”, tasting and learning... . Elaina's ongoing online posts are also very helpful, and her great knowledge and enthusiasm constantly inspire me! I keep looking forward to more! Like I've said before, Elaina, thank you and your wonderful team for everything you guys are doing; thank you for existing!"


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. If you plan to obtain your Professional Certification, you have 1 year from the purchase date to complete the course and submit your final exam.
Pure Joy offers many online courses. What Course Should I Take First?
It depends on what type of education you are seeking. If you want to become certified through Pure Joy Planet as a Raw Plant-Based Chef, we suggest taking the Level 1 Raw Immersion Course, going through the certification procedure, and then beginning the Advanced Raw Plant-Based Culinary Arts Certification Online Certification Course. If you are just seeking to upgrade your skills or learn new gourmet recipes, any of the Advanced Modules would be perfect for you. If you are completely new to raw and plant-based food preparation, we suggest starting with Level 1. Level 1 course synopsis can be found in the Pure Joy Academy Course Page.
I have almost completed my Level 1 Training; Is it acceptable for me to begin the Advanced Courses before I complete the Level 1 Recipes?
Yes you can begin the Advanced courses at any time. Since you have completed all of the recipes you are well equipped to begin the Advanced course!
Can I book a one-on-one consultation with Elaina Love or one of the Pure Joy Culinary Academy team?
Absolutely! We are here to help! As part of the certification program, we offer a 15 minute goal setting call with Elaina or one of the team. We are also available Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm MST for questions during your coursework. Once you are ready to take your final verbal exam, you are required to book another call with Elaina!
What if I have food intolerances or allergies?
We understand that every individual is unique and we’ve designed your program with that in mind. The recipes are 100% gluten-free and meal plans come with an accompanying guide with suggested alternatives and replacements so you never have to miss out! We have alternatives to all the recipe ingredients. If a recipe doesn't have an alternative listed, just comment below the recipe and one of our loving staff will be happy to find you one. The best part is, all ingredients in this course are free from white sugar, soy, gluten, peanuts, agave, processed additives, dairy, meats, and even cashews so you can enjoy with ease!
Should I eat only organic during this course?
We are very passionate about eating organic foods not only for our health but the health of our children, husbands, best friends, and the community! Foods containing GMO's are very harmful to us and the environment. But it’s not always possible to find organic produce where you live or depending on the time of year, certain foods are not available organic. That's why we give you a list of the most important foods to buy organic.
What type of support do I get with this course?
We pride ourselves on making this the most interactive and support learning process possible. We know how hard online learning can be, that's why we offer many opportunities for interaction, engagement, and support you throughout your course. As an instructor-guided course, you will have an opportunity to interact with our instructors in multiple ways. This includes regular live online seminars for our student community. Additionally, there are discussion forums to engage with classmates and your Pure Joy Academy instructional team.
Are there any prerequisites or requirements to take this course?
There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however, we do recommend our beginner students complete the Level 1 Raw Plant-Based Chef Certification with Pure Joy Academy. This course is crucial to laying the foundation for our professional raw food chefs. Pure Joy Academy also has expectations that our students are self-motivated and active learners and have the desire to take the time to learn recipes each week. You will get the most out of this course if you practice regularly, which means there will be plenty of food to cook and share.

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