Rouxbe Cooking School

Rouxbe Cooking School | Aiane Karla

I am so excited to share some exciting news with you today! Next month, I will be starting a six-month culinary journey with the online Rouxbe cooking school. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m over-the-moon excited to be a student again! Typing these words makes my heart giggle (more on that in my post below). But for now, let’s start with my personal vegan journey.

My Food Story

I was born and raised in the Philippines. My parents, grandparents, and relatives are talented cooks. My parents met at the university cafeteria while working as full-time college students. I have very fond memories of my childhood in our family kitchen. The sweet aroma of papa’s fresh-baked bread and mama’s gourmet dishes always made me and my two younger sisters feel so at home.

The kitchen is the heart of my parents’ home. My parents’ food have a way of bringing people together and cheering them up. You can imagine the wonderful memories we shared with family and friends around our dinner table. To this very day, nostalgia welcomes me with open arms every time I visit home and smell mama’s home-cooked food.

I grew up eating mostly vegetarian food, although, on some occasions, I ate beef and chicken. It was during my sophomore year in college that my passion for cooking really began. Living in a dorm far from my parents’ home-cooked meals, I knew cooking was the best way to save money.

Rouxbe Cooking School | Aiane Karla
Becoming a Vegan

In 2011, I watched Food Inc, a documentary which exposes the hidden secrets of the food industry. I learned that artificial foods and animal products cause obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. I saw animals being brutally treated before being killed for food consumption. I was mortified and vowed never to eat meat again.

Inspired by the documentary, I decided to be a vegan. I had no idea how addicted I had become to animal food products. It took me at least a couple months to reset my taste buds. Being a vegan meant having fewer options at the potluck table, asking the waiter to customize my order at restaurants, and being intentional about meal planning and grocery shopping. Staying on course wasn’t easy, but as a Christian, my commitment to the vegan lifestyle was affirmed by the following verses:

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” – Genesis 1:29

“He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth.” – Psalm 104:14

Health Benefits

Not long after becoming a vegan, my health began improving noticeably. My face, which used to get acne after eating cheese, was actually clearing up! Even better, my asthma and seasonal allergies completely went away! The benefits of my vegan diet amazed me and I wanted my friends and family to experience them, as well. Some of my friends couldn’t understand why I chose to eat food that ‘lacked’ flavor and richness. Or so they thought. This made me even more determined to introduce them to home-cooked vegan meals that were both delicious and nutritious.

Dreaming of Cooking School

My love and appreciation for vegan cooking grew with each meal I prepared. I soon became interested in improving my cooking skills but felt limited by my lack of understanding about the science behind making flavorful vegan sauces, dressings, soups, entrees, appetizers, and desserts. I wanted to prove to my friends that vegan food, cooked the right way and with the right ingredients, is not only healthy but also delicious. I started dreaming of going to cooking school.

Rouxbe Cooking School | Aiane Karla

Discovering Rouxbe Cooking School

I was determined to make my dreams come true, so I decided to do some online research. That’s when I discovered Rouxbe, an online cooking school that offers plant-based professional cooking courses three times a year. I knew I wanted to learn from the comfort of my own home, so I was immediately intrigued. My eagerness grew when I read blogs by former Rouxbe students. They wrote about the flexibility to do so much upon completion of the course. Some decided to teach plant-based cooking, write their own cookbooks, start vegan blogs, start their own catering company, start a meal planning business, and some even opened their own restaurants!

My Rouxbe Story

Last year, I was talking to my husband about my dream of sharing my love of healthy plant-based cooking. I told him about Rouxbe, and we decided to start a sinking fund and save up for the course. Last February, I registered for Rouxbe’s Plant-based Professional Certification Course, which starts next month on May 5. After a year of waiting and months of saving up, you can imagine the overwhelming excitement I felt when I received my registration receipt!

Course Overview

Here’s a quick overview of the plant-based course, straight from Rouxbe’s website:

  • PART 1: SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS. 17 hours | 9 lessons | 8 videos | 4 assessments
  • PART 2: FOUNDATIONAL COOKING METHODS. 25 hours | 24 lessons | 20 videos | 8 assessments
  • PART 3: DIVE DEEPER INTO TECHNIQUE. 30 hours | 21 lessons | 23 videos | 12 assessments
  • PART 4: SPECIALTY DIETS AND MEAL PLANS. 18 hours | 13 lessons | 30 videos | 8 assessments
  • PART 5: ADVANCED TECHNIQUE AND RECIPE DEVELOPMENT. 30 hours | 31 lessons | 40 videos | 10 assessments

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How long will it take?

The course is self-paced and must be completed within 6 months. I get giddy just thinking about starting next month. Here are a few time-related details — so you can keep me accountable!

  • Begins: May 5, 2016
  • Ends: November 1, 2016
  • Time requirements: 40+ hours per month or 10-15 hours per week

Who will be sharing this journey with me?

  • My husband
  • Local friends
  • You (I will be blogging about my Rouxbe cooking school adventures)

What I’m looking forward to

  • Being adventurous and cooking with new ingredients
  • Creating recipes and sharing them with you
  • Improving my slicing skills
  • Mastering how to make vegan creams, sauces, soups, and dressings
  • Incorporating more gluten-free, oil-free and sugar-free foods into my cooking repertoire

Rouxbe Cooking School | Aiane Karla

If you’re interested in following along and tracking my Rouxbe progress, you can read my future posts, which will be tagged under “Rouxbe”. Also, I will be including this neat progress counter to my Rouxbe-related posts.

Rouxbe Progress Tracker


Question. What types of vegan food creations would you like to see in the upcoming months? Please leave a comment or share your ideas and suggestions by clicking here.

  • Reply
    May 4, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    How exciting! Cooking school has been one of the things in my list to do 🙂 Glad to know that there is a school that offers plant based cooking online 🙂 I recently switched to be gluten/corn free vegan because Joshua is intolerant to dairy, corn, and gluten. I am excited to keep following your posts. Caleb, Joshua and I will again be down in South California, so we’ll be seeing you guys soon. Take care!

    • Aiane Karla
      May 19, 2016 at 8:25 AM

      Thanks for stopping by, Ana! Rouxbe is a great course. I’m really enjoying it so far. We’re looking forward to seeing you in San Diego soon. Blessings!

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    Cynthia M
    May 1, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    How exciting! Will look forward to your recipes and reading about your cooking school adventures. I went vegetarian in January and somewhat vegan, mainly by eliminating cheese. (I haven’t had milk in 20 years). Just eliminating the meat and cheese alone has made a big difference in the way I feel overall. By the grace of God and over time, I hope to keep improving my diet, but for now I’m very happy I went vegetarian. Blessings on your new endeavor!

    • Aiane Karla
      May 2, 2016 at 6:18 PM

      Wow, that’s wonderful, Cynthia! Thanks for being part of my upcoming culinary journey! Blessings to you, my friend! 🙂

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    Cecile Roberson
    April 29, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to read more about your culinary adventures! Will you learn to make tofu? I too have a passion for plant-based cooking. It is true that your tastebuds adapt to healthy ingredients. My husband Andy is transitioning slowly but surely!

    • Aiane Karla
      May 2, 2016 at 6:16 PM

      Your excitement makes me even more excited, Cecile! I love it! I haven’t had a chance to review the syllabus in great detail just yet, but I’ll find out when classes start in a few days. Kudos to you and Andy for transitioning to a plant-based diet!

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    April 26, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    I’m definitely looking forward to following this journey! I’m slowly curating good, healthy recipes for me and the future hubby 😉 I can so feel your excitement! So excited for you!!

    • Aiane Karla
      May 2, 2016 at 6:08 PM

      Thanks, Elyssa! I always enjoy curating recipes and creating meal plans. I’m so excited for you and your upcoming marriage to your future hubby. Blessings to you both!

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    April 24, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    So excited for you!! Jeremy and I just watched food inc recently and forks over knives and are beginning our vegeterian journey. Your recipes will be an inspiration! Can’t wait!

    • Aiane Karla
      May 2, 2016 at 6:06 PM

      That’s great, Sarah! Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you think of any ideas or non-vetarian meals you’d like to see a vegetarian recipe for. I’m always looking for ideas and suggestions for future blog posts that would be helpful for readers.

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    April 24, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    Looking forward to it, as I thrive to be a vegan myself!
    All the best in this journey; I would love to see a good and easy recipe for cashew cheese 😉

    • Aiane Karla
      April 25, 2016 at 9:07 PM

      Chrystelle! I miss you, sweet friend! You are an inspiration to me. I’ll keep your request in mind. I love incorporating cashew cheese in our meals.

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    April 23, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    I am so thrilled about your newest journey! This is really cool! I have learned of Rouxbe early last year from a lifestyle medicine doctor here in the Philippines, and I find myself watching their limited, free recipe videos from time to time. Maybe, God willing, I might enroll to Rouxbe, too. Wink! Oh I can’t wait for your posts!

    And I love how you and Kerwin help each other grow in all aspects of your lives. Kudos!

    • Aiane Karla
      April 25, 2016 at 9:09 PM

      My sweet sister! Oh, how I miss you! I’m so thrilled we’re on this vegan journey together! I can’t wait to share stories and recipes with you!

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    April 22, 2016 at 12:55 AM

    Looking forward to reading about your cooking journey Karl! You and Kerwin are the very first ever vegans I met and your lifestyle choice genuinely intrigues me. Praying that someday soon I get the courage and will power to improve my personal lifestyle through plant based cooking as well (fingers crossed). Good luck!

    • Aiane Karla
      April 25, 2016 at 9:10 PM

      Thank you, Twinkle! I still remember our lunch double date like it was yesterday. Would love to hear tie suggestions on Filipino dishes you would like to have a vegan version of. Miss you!

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    Tyler Hamilton
    April 21, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Oooo that looks like a bunch of fun! I’m jealous! Anything that has to do with food I’m in. I have horrible seasonal allergies, I have always wondered if I became vegan would it get better. I might just try it! Good luck with your class!^_^

    • Aiane Karla
      April 21, 2016 at 10:38 PM

      Thanks, Tyler! The next time we’re in town, let’s all make vegan cheesecakes! I remember how much you loved the ones from the holidays.

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    April 21, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Cant wait to see what tips you’ll have to share with us! Sooner or later, i WILL have to cook all my meals for myself and i know that as a vegan, i want to make them bet EVEN BETTER than the “real stuff”. Oh, and cute spoons! ;D

    • Aiane Karla
      April 21, 2016 at 10:06 PM

      Kaye! I can’t wait to read your food posts in your blog. I’m glad you love the spoons! They were gifts from the best youngest sister in the whole world! She has very good taste! 😉

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    Cynthia Girtman
    April 21, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    I’m excited for you and the journey you’re embarking upon. I too, am determined to become Vegan for a healthier outcome and hoping to shine a glimmer of light on my family. Thamkful for a dear friend in Christ for Sharing with me…Let’s prepare for am exciting adventure as I blog and cheer you along.


    • Aiane Karla
      April 21, 2016 at 10:03 PM

      So thrilled you stopped by, Cynthia! Thanks for your support. I would love to visit your blog and support you on your vegan journey, as well.

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    April 21, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    That looks like a fun cooking adventure! Enjoy the journey.

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    Jennifer Ramos
    April 21, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    I love this blog and am so excited to follow your food journey and get new recipes for me and family. I love simple yet tasty meals. I love being vegan but sometimes I’m so tired spending and hour cooking a meal seems just to much. Thank you for sharing your story. I feel more connected and more interested to follow.

    • Aiane Karla
      April 21, 2016 at 12:27 PM

      That’s wonderful, Jennifer! Thank you for sharing. I will make it a point to create recipes that are quick and delicious. Batch cooking and vegan meal planning tips will also be in upcoming posts.

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    Ester Salazar
    April 21, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Who said that vegan food is less tasty? I have been vegan for 5 months now and I really love eating vegan food. They are so delicious, healthy, nutritious and safe to eat. You are also less prone to serious illnesses if you eat vegan food. I really recommend vegan cooking and going on a vegan diet. I’m proud of you, Ate!

    • Aiane Karla
      April 21, 2016 at 9:35 AM

      The vegan lifestyle has been an incredible life-changer for me. I’m so proud of you and your decision to be a vegan. I’m so glad we’re on this journey together! ☺

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    Loida Paglinawan Aggabao
    April 21, 2016 at 1:19 AM

    I am excited to learn more ways of cooking vegan food. Keep them coming and I will try it myself. I’m interested when it comes to cooking, you know.

    • Aiane Karla
      April 21, 2016 at 9:32 AM

      I’m so thrilled you’ll be sharing this journey with me!

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