Kitchen assistants are needed to help the school chefs both in preparing meals for students and in assisting with demonstrations and hands-on cooking lessons.

Volunteers should have a basic knowledge of macrobiotics and kitchen hygiene, and be experienced in preparing healthy vegetarian meals for themselves and others.

They are sometimes students who want a taste of how things work before embarking on a longer course, or they are interested in advancing their knowledge of macrobiotic cooking.

Assistants work under the direction of an experienced macrobiotic cook who provides three meals a day for students and teachers while courses are running. Some helpers go on to support the chef with more advanced assistance, especially those who join the professional courses and want to continue gaining further hands-on cooking experience.


 Duties include:

• Washing and preparing vegetables
• Preparing and cooking grains and beans
• Washing up and keeping the kitchen orderly during meal preparation
• Tidying up afterwards
• Setting up the kitchen on the first day, cleaning and packing up on the last day


What volunteers gain:

• New skills
• An opportunity to be part of a team preparing macrobiotic meals under the supervision of an experienced macrobiotic cook
• The chance to sit in on cooking demonstrations when time permits
• Delicious meals
• Free basic accommodation

The modules are held at the school's headquarters near Totnes in Devon.

What volunteers say:

“It was a great opportunity for my to gain some experience cooking and with a diverse range of dishes which was great.” Chris

“I really enjoyed staying on the module and it was fun cooking with Jon. It was inspirational for me and I learnt new things and got some recipes to try out.” Jacob

Contact Bini Sharman, the kitchen manager for more details or to go on the list of volunteers:, or call the school on 01803 762598