OFFBEET Diploma Level 1


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Our weekly Chef's Academy is an affordable and accessible way to improve your plant based chef skills. Whether it's purely for pleasure or perhaps you are contemplating starting you own food business, this course is the perfect stepping stone.

Led by our team of highly skilled chefs and in our dedicated cookery studio, you will learn new dishes and techniques every week. Soon you will be equipped with a repertoire of awesome recipes, ninja knife skills and the inspiration to create your own show stopping dishes at home or be the next vegan food eatery.

This class is designed to be flexible with your life so you can join us when it fits with you and your commitments.

Some of the skills you might learn at the academy are:

  • Easy home meals
  • Sushi
  • Bread
  • Dairy free cheeses
  • Dairy free milks
  • Cakes
  • Pastries
  • Smoking foods
  • Fermentation and pickles
  • Knife skills
  • Pasta making
  • Mock meats

***Please Note: This course requires a minimum of 6 students to run***

Additional information


Mon – Fri: 09:30 – 16:00

Skill Level

Suitable for beginners


OFFBEET New Forest, Sunnyfields Farm, Jacobs Gutter Lane, Totten, Southampton, SO40 9FX

Students per course



Q: How old do I have to be to attend a course?
A: All students must be at least 18 to attend a cookery course.

Q: I am not sure if this course is the right level for me.
A: Please see under additional info tab for skill level required. However if you would like assistance in choosing the best course for you. Please contact us on

Q: Is there parking at the cookery school?
A: Yes, our carpark is free to use.

Q: I can’t see anymore available dates, does this mean the course is not running?
A: If you cannot see or select any course dates, this means the current courses are full. If a course remains online it means we intend to release new future dates and advise you keep checking back or join our mailing list to be notified.

Q: I have an allergy, is this course suitable for me?
A: We take allergies very seriously so in all dietary restrictions we recommend you contact us on to find out what we can do. In some situations we can simply offer an alternative but for more serious allergies we may have to say you cannot attend the course for your own safety.

Q: Can I bring my child with me?
A: Unfortunately our kitchen has a maximum capacity of 8 student and 2 tutors so for heath and safety reasons we cannot allow anyone else into the kitchen. Any children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult in our restaurant.

Q: Will I be able to take any of the food I prepare home or eat while I am on my course?
A: We always recommend you bring some food containers to take any food you make home. We do have containers but from a waste perspective we prefer students to bring re-useable containers. During longer courses there is ample opportunity to enjoy your prepared food sitting in our restaurant. For shorter courses most food can be taken home but don’t worry you’ll always get to taste along the way. If your course is in the evening and you are coming straight from work, we recommend you have a snack before the course starts.

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Have you eaten at OFFBEET? Our food is not your average plant based food. We like to think outside of the box! Now you have the chance to learn how to cook like us. The level one diploma is aimed at beginner cooks and for those who have recently transitioned to a plant based diet. It’s a fully immersive cooking experience with the focus on practical experience, not demos or theory like many schools. We will start you at the beginning and teach you everything from knife skills to plating techniques and of course how to make amazing food. This course introduces you to many of the alternatives and cooking techniques you will need to further your repertoire and skills in the plant based world.

All students will be given a comprehensive recipe and theory pack including a pdf version of all material taught on the diploma. On successful completion of this course, you will be presented with a certificate.

Some of the skills you might learn at the academy are:

  • Making stocks, soups, breads and pastry
  • Basic nut milks, creams and cheeses
  • Basic meat alternatives including seitan
  • Master how to make a moist, indulgent vegan cake with any flavour you choose
  • Working with tofu and how to apply different tofu to different applications
  • Knife skills, become safer, quicker and more accurate with your knife
  • Making indulgent pasta, taco, rice and noodle dishes with ease

***Please Note: This course requires a minimum of 6 students to run***