I joined the level 1 of Sayuri’s Raw Chef training mostly for the fun of cooking and eating delicious food for two weeks in Ubud. I had eaten at Sayuri’s Café before and loved everything I tasted, so I gave myself this course as a present for my 28th birthday. Everything about the training exceeded all expectations!
First, Sayuri and Ella shared a ton of knowledge: how to source produce, how to keep the most life energy in the plate, how to make a balanced meal, how to consider nutrition, how to consider ayurveda… but also simpler skills and tips that are useful every day: knife skills, hygiene for fermentation, soaking, sprouting, or even using painter tape to make labels for our boxes! It was all very well taught, fun to learn and very useful.
Second, the 2 weeks course felt like a proper full-time retreat, with Yoga classes, cooking theory classes, cooking practice, and all the meals together. It was awesome to be busy from morning to evening with the same group of lovely people. It quickly felt like a sort of brother/sisterhood that I have never experienced before! Learning together was awesome, but there were also enough heart-centered activities and moments to bond as a group. It felt like an all-in human experience!
Finally, it’s so nice to go home with recipes and tricks that we can truly re-use every day. I am not a professional chef anywhere, but I still use everything I’ve learned. The course renewed and re-energized my love for colourful cooking, and I can’t wait to do another of Sayuri’s trainings!