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Gastronomy and Nutrition


Explore the fact and fiction of health food trends and nutritional claims.


Key information

100% Online
Learn at your own convenience
20 Jan 2020 - 14 Feb 2020
Live online lecture session once a week
16 Hours of Learning
4 weeks of study - 4 hours per week + assignments 
Euro 550
Special Early Registration Price (all inclusive)

Course offered in English


Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • clearly understand the nutritional information required to support menus and products. Nutrition content claims and health claims are voluntary statements made by food businesses on labels and in advertising about a food. Standard 1.2.7 sets out the rules for food businesses choosing to make nutrition content claims and health claims
  • generate a greater understanding of the marketing mechanism of food and health trends
  • develop enhanced awareness of the nutritional cycle food travels through from soil to service
  • understand the drivers behind who makes a superfood super
  • discuss popular heath claims on prominent menus.

It facilitates the development of participants’ knowledge and encourages further study in this complex yet fascinating area and is designed to introduce participants to the varieties, contexts and issues involving our food.



Samantha Gowing

Before nutrition became trendy, before kale became the superfood superstar, and before the green juice Instagram selfie was ever a ‘thing’, there was Sam Gowing, spreading the word on healthy cuisine and all that it encompasses. The Chef hat-winning restaurateur, who traded her fast-paced city career to follow her passion for health and wellbeing, retrained as a clinical nutritionist, and recently received her Master’s degree in gastronomic tourism from the prestigious, Le Cordon Bleu. She is the self-published author of The Healing Feeling, and writes prolifically on the future of food, food trends and the cult of the green smoothie. 

She has established herself as Australia’s leading spa chef, kick-starting the ‘food as medicine’ movement, which has since snowballed into a widely embraced philosophy. Today, Gowing continues to create contemporary culinary masterpieces, designed to tantalize the taste buds as well as heal the body and nourish the soul. Her global wellness company Gowings Food Health Wealth creates culinary programs for luxury hotels, spas and health retreats worldwide.


Who is this course for?

Restaurateurs, chefs, hospitality professionals, menu and product developers, food and health bloggers, retailers of edible products, fitness and wellness professionals and the lifelong learner interested in nutritional health trends.

Career opportunities

Participants will depart having a greater awareness of the current and potential culinary wellness income streams, food trends to pursue and fads to avoid. They will understand the legalities around nutritional claims.

For more information:

Here is the course outline:


Meet Samantha Gowing, your instructor. In the first lesson, Sam will share her passion of nutritional cooking and talk about how she can help you make sound food decisions, identify future trends and develop healthy menus.

Food Facts, Fads and Fiction

An overview of popular ingredients, a brief history of food fads and explore the future of healthy food on menus.

Menus and Marketing: Claim vs Aim

Understand current Food Act guidelines.

Macro and Micro Nutrients

Learn the difference between protein and carbohydrates, how minerals are the building blocks of cellular life and how they change when cooked.

Gastronomic Nutrition

How to have a healthy menu without flavour compromise and discuss and explore the future of healthy eating.


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion
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