Earn your certificate and be recognized by the American Culinary Federation
Cooking with Cannabis was created in partnership with the American Culinary Federation for professional chefs, cooks, and proficient home cooks. The goal of this course is to provide you with the required knowledge to safely and effectively prepare and serve cannabis-infused recipes.
This isn’t a cooking course, even though you will find recipes featured throughout. Instead, this is a technical course about cannabis that is being presented in a really digestible way, to help you understand and appreciate the amazing synergy between cannabis and food.
Take the knowledge you gain from Cooking with Cannabis and apply it to the style of cooking you love.
A Cannabis Chef has as much responsibility to cannabis as they do food
but here’s the problem…
Standardized protocols and regulations help create a safe environment for food, but not for cannabis and food together
There is too much conflicting information on how to make infusions
Food and beverages infused with certain cannabis products are 100% impossible to accurately dose
The majority of Cannabis Chefs aren’t able to have their infusions lab tested
It’s challenging to dose each guest based on their individual tolerance
The chances of an overdose significantly increases when serving ingestible forms of cannabis
The cannabis industry is flooded with misinformation, especially when it comes to making infusions. From lab test discrepancies to inefficient decarboxylation techniques, knowing who to trust when it comes to making a properly dosed infusion is challenging and time consuming. The confusion and risk of improperly dosing a guest just isn’t worth it. That’s why we partnered with the American Culinary Federation and developed a cooking with cannabis course that will direct you through the intricacies and science of creating infusions.
You’re here to cook with cannabis, we’re here to guide you.
Your plan to becoming a Cannabis Chef
Being a responsible and confident cannabis chef all starts with your knowledge
Take what you’ve learned and start making incredible infusions to use in the style of cooking you love and are excited about
Guide your guests through amazing experiences with cannabis and cuisine and create a name for yourself in the world of Cannabis Chefs
Course Specs & Topics
Here’s what to expect for your education experience
Video Time: TBD
Supplemental Reading: TBD
Estimated Completion Time: TBD
Final Exam: 100 Question / Multiple Choice
Spoken Language: English
Subtitle Options: English
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
Achievement: Certificate of Completion by The American Culinary Federation and Trichome Institute. Continuing Education Hours for current ACF Members (TBD).
Intended Audience: Chefs, Cooks, Sommeliers, Bartenders, Servers, and other Hospitality Professionals. Event and Catering Coordinators. Proficient Home Cooks, Foodies, and Enthusiasts.
Before you infuse any recipes or serve any guests in a private or public setting, you must follow all food and beverage safety requirements and cannabis laws, based on the country and state you reside. This section details the “grey area” of the cannabis industry and provides recommendations on how to prepare yourself as a Cannabis Chef.
Just as the equipment a pitmaster needs to make the best brisket on the planet will be very different from a chocolatier, the equipment a professional cannabis chef utilizes will be different as well. From .001 gram scales to nylon muslin bags and pipettes for accurate dosing, everything you need to safely and effectively infuse a multiple course meal will be presented in this section.
Quality & Safety:
There are many programs and certifications that help create a safe space around food and beverage, but unfortunately, that’s not the case for cannabis. In this section, you will learn how to identify the quality of various cannabis products, understand lab tests that determine some elements of safety, how to properly label and store cannabis infusions, and more.
Aside from knowing how to make an accurately dosed cannabis infusion, identifying the tolerance of your guests is the most important aspect of being a cannabis chef. This section will guide you in determining the tolerance level of each of your individual guests, and how to dose them accordingly.
Over 150 cannabinoids have been discovered throughout the various cannabis varieties, but only a handful are available to make infusions with at this time. Regardless of whether the cannabinoid comes from hemp or marijuana, what matters more than anything is knowing if the cannabinoid produces an intoxicating or nonintoxicating effect, and what the potency of the cannabinoid is when inhaled or ingested.
In order for certain cannabinoids to be effective and make people feel high, they require specific temperatures and times for them to be activated. Will you use your oven, sous vide machine or air fryer?
As a chef or home cook, you’ve already been cooking with terpenes for a while! However, since the research on cannabis has identified the amazing synergy that cannabinoids and terpenes have, terpenes have become incredibly popular. Simply put, terpenes are no different than any other ingredient in your kitchen – they affect the flavor and aroma of food… but what about the effect?
Flower & Concentrate Infusions:
There are many different types of cannabis products that can be used to make infused oil, fat, alcohol, honey, and other infusion bases. Throughout the course, you will learn how to combine flower and concentrate products into the proper infusion base, depending on the recipe, and then determine the dose of the infusions.
There are many cannabis products that can be purchased from both hemp and marijuana dispensaries that cannabis chefs can utilize to infuse food and beverage for their events. From flavored tinctures to water-soluble powders, a Cannabis Chef can easily work with lab-tested and accurately dosed cannabis products.
Cooking sustainably with cannabis is very different than any other food product. Due to the overly regulated nature of the marijuana industry, it’s near impossible to source cannabis products like a chef would source grass-fed beef or freshly harvested heirloom tomatoes, but there are still ways you can minimize waste and get the most out of your infusions.
Cannabis & Alcohol:
The trend of mixing cannabis into alcoholic drinks is already in full force, so let’s be the ones who make sure people are properly educated about this beautiful combo. Infusing alcohol with cannabis is quite simple, but it’s crucial to understand some safety, dosing, and infusion protocols to ensure your guests don’t overindulge.
If you serve anyone intoxicating compounds and are the cause of bringing them to a state of discomfort, paranoia, anxiety, etc., then you are responsible for making sure they are guided out of that negative state. It’s not the matter of IF someone you serve will reach this point, it’s the matter of WHEN. Having the knowledge and skills to prevent these scenarios from happening is first and foremost the most important thing, but you still need to know how to handle a situation like this because it’s going to happen eventually, regardless of how careful you are.
The size of the party doesn’t matter when it comes to cannabis-infused dining experiences – it’s that simple. Whether you’re serving five people for an intimate dinner or fifteen hundred for a massive corporate event, the importance of identifying tolerance, ensuring accurate dosing, and being able to confidently and correctly answer questions of your guests, always applies. This section will guide you through the various ways you can create a dining experience for guests of all tolerance levels, regardless of the size of the event.
The Spectrum of Cannabis Chefs:
In every industry and with every product, there is a spectrum with extremes on each end. Will you be the cannabis chef that cooks with the whole plant and makes every recipe taste like ganja? Or will you finish plates with precisely dosed flavorless infusions with pipettes and syringes, without ever touching the plant, leaves, or flower? Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, the knowledge you have on cannabis and the responsibility you have to ensure your guests are properly dosed, is ultimately what matters.
The True Entourage Effect:
What role does a Cannabis Chef play in the experience a guest has at an infused event? Do you have the ability to affect the effects of their high? From the menu font to the presentation of the food, you have more power than you could ever imagine! A Cannabis Chef is a part of the Entourage Effect!
There are many ways you can pair cannabis with food and beverage. Whether you’re focusing on flavor, aroma, mouthfeel, texture, or everything combined, the amazing thing about pairing cannabis with food, is guiding your guest’s senses before… and after they partake in your infusions!
The Unique Cannabis Chef:
Before you can be a Cannabis Chef, you must be a chef first. But what defines a chef in today’s modern kitchen times? Here we will discuss what makes a Cannabis Chef and how to separate yourself from all the others.
Recipes and more!
Meet Your Chef Instructor
Chef Brandon Allen is a partner of Trichome Institute, an Interpener, and ACF Culinary Cannabis Subject Matter Expert. Brandon was classically trained at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and while he was in culinary school he created an apprenticeship with an Olympic Culinary Team Chef. His training in culinary competitions eventually lead to him becoming the first High Times Top Cannabis Chef.
Investing in your career as a Cannabis Chef matters!
At Trichome Institute we know you want to be a confident and knowledgeable Cannabis Chef. To do that, you need high-quality, credible cooking with cannabis education. The problem is there is so much misinformation out there, which can make you feel confused and uncertain.
Trichome Institute and the American Culinary Federation can help. We believe learning about cannabis in cuisine should be straightforward and stress-free. We understand you’re busy working and trying to educate yourself at the same time, which is why we created a relevant, research-backed cooking with cannabis course that you can take at your own pace, and then apply the information to any style of cuisine you specialize in.
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