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VFC 201 Course – Beyond the Basics

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Expand your skills. This course picks up where the 101 course leaves off. Normally, you’ll save more than $40.00 compared to joining these lessons individually. Scroll down for more info. Certification Available.


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Imagine seeing your guest’s jaws drop open when they walk in and see your table. You hear gasps. You smile when you see them immediately reach into their pockets and purses and start snapping pictures to share with their friends.

That is exactly what has happened for so many of the student / customers of my lessons. And it can happen for you, too when you join our Vegetable and Fruit Carving 201 Course – Beyond the Basics.

Vegetable and Fruit Carving 201 Course – Beyond the Basics picks up where the 101 Course for Beginners leaves off and expands into teaching intermediate lessons. This collection of lessons will take your skills to the next level. You will WOW your friends, family and guests. You will be the recipient of ooohs and aaaahs – guaranteed.

This 201 Course includes

The 201 Course is a normally a $45.79 savings compared to joining these popular lessons on DVD individually.

Who is this for?

  • This is for people who want to take their skills beyond the basics. It is meant for those who have already completed my 101 Course. Or,  for those who already have some carving skills and want to make more dramatic carvings and arrangements.
  • It’s for anyone who wants to create memorable personalized carvings for weddings, birthdays, an anniversary and other special events.
  • It’s great for caterers, chefs, and special event food professionals who want to add that extra Wow factor to special events and parties.

“Most comprehensive video for carving anywhere
Jerry Ward”

“Hello Nita
I received the melon carving dvd
And boy am I impressed..
You are the clearest instructor,I quickly discovered what I was doing wrong,and you made making leaves and buds as well completing easy
Chef Robert”

I LOVE the way you teach, you take your time explaining the RIGHT and the WRONG way of doing every step and the DOS and DON’T of every step.
Gloria Morales”

Here are more details on the video lessons included in the 201 Course

Learn this lovely melon carvings in our video lessons "Carving Melons, Smooth and Jagged Petals.

Melon carving designs taught in “Carving Melon Flowers – Smooth and Jagged Petals” lessons

The Carving Melon Flowers – Smooth and Jagged Petals  lessons expand upon your skills that you learn in the 101 Course. You will be doing more intermediate melon carving techniques. This DVD contains two full lessons on one DVD. It contains 1 hour and 41 minutes of detailed step-by-step instruction that will have you carving melons so well your friends won’t believe that you carved them. These techniques can be used on any type of melon, papayas, mangoes and more. To see more details about what is taught in this lesson set click here. $39.95 when sold individually.

Nitas watermelon cakes

Carved watermelon cake designs taught In Nita’s Video Lessons – “Watermelon Cakes #1 and #2”

In Watermelon Cakes #1 and #2 you will learn to make 3 different beautiful and impressive cakes from watermelon starting with a super easy design.  Then you will progress to learning how to carve a fun Happy Birthday Cake. For the third cake, you will learn an intricate intermediate design that you will discover is easier than it looks, once you are show how in my lessons. Besides being unexpected and beautiful, watermelon cakes are a healthy alternative to real cakes. No gluten, no artery clogging fat, no processed flour, and no refined sugar. Just the pure and simple joy of sweet fresh watermelon and other fruits. You’ll find, like so many of my students who have made watermelon cakes have discovered, that many people prefer eating them over regular sugar and fat loaded cakes.

These watermelon cakes are guaranteed to get exclamations of delight. The easy watermelon cake is like the one that got me started in fruit carving in the first place. This lesson set consists of 2 DVDs with a total time of 2 hours and 27 minutes. $39.95 when sold individually..

I produced Amazing Carving with Jimmy Zhang to introduce another style of carving (and teaching) to my students/customers. In it, Jimmy Zhang shows how to carve 3 different complete vegetable bouquets with melon vases. They are stunningly colorful and lovely. You will pick up more skills and ideas that will allow you to mix and match to come up with arrangements of your own. 1 DVD with 1 hr. 26 minutes run time. $39.95 when sold individually..

3 veggie bouquets taught in AMazing Carving with Jimmy Zhang

You will learn how to make these 3 striking vegetable bouquets taught in “Amazing Carving with Jimmy Zhang” video lessons

“Hi Nita I can’t express to you my gratitude for the wave watermelon lesson it’s fantastic! I enjoy everyone of your videos thank you in advance for the time to read this message and for all the valuable teachings we get from you.” – Miguel Ancona,  Holland Michigan

“After learning the basics of carvings from your videos, I’ve had quite some accomplishments. I went to culinary school but never learned how to do these stuff until I saw your works. So I thought, I want to expand my creativity and make something out of the box in my plating and presentation. I have attended several charity events to represent the company that I worked for and some corporate events in which I received a lot of compliments and I was even featured at one of the local newspapers.
Thank you for being an inspiration”.
Bing Domingo-Thompson

Scroll Pattern carving watermelon pattern taught in Nita's video lessons

This is the top view of the prize winning scroll pattern your will learn in the Watermelon Scroll pattern lesson.

This is the top view of the prize winning scroll pattern you will learn in Watermelon Carving Scroll Pattern lesson.
This is the top view of the prize winning scroll pattern you will learn in Watermelon Carving Scroll Pattern lesson.
The video lesson, Watermelon Carving Scroll Pattern was created in response to all the requests that I got to teach how to carve the watermelon that was featured in my prize winning undersea garden fruit carving display. It is an intermediate/advanced technique intended for those who have already learned to carve watermelons in my earlier lessons. This beautiful carving design add extra pizzazz and beauty to any fruit carving display or fruit tray. $34.97 when sold individually.

Watermelons carved with letters and words

Essential Letter Carving Taught in Carving Letters and Words Essential Techniques #1. Words and Letters #2 goes on to teach pattern making and how to carve cursive and fine fonts.


Carving Letters and Words #1 #2 and #3  is another lesson set that I created in response to popular request. This one is easy enough for beginners. For those with carving experience, you will find tricks and tips to make carving words and letters faster and easier. Carving cursive writing is also covered in this lesson set.  In #3, you’ll see how to carve graphic patterns and words on pumpkin. The skills learned in Carving Letters and Words #1 and #2, and #3 are super useful for carving watermelons and pumpkins for all sorts of events from to birthdays to wedding anniversaries. Melons carved with words are a client favorite for people who offer their carving services for profit. $69.97 when sold as a set outside the 201 Course.

You will have a lot of fun learning and your will have success with your carvings. Besides the admiration of your guests, you’ll also experience the joy of creative satisfaction. You’ll see. And, once you learn the carving techniques taught in all of these lessons, you will find it much easier to get value from previously incomprehensible carving books. You’ll be able to look at many designs and photos and easily figure out how to duplicate those kinds of carvings.

“Never believed a DVD could be so powerful. I felt like you were in front of me in my own kitchen.
Panayiota Thoma

“I have just started my little event decorating business. This is a passion of mine which with your help I am trying to pursue. At first as you might remember, I was skeptical in purchasing the program, I am in my second week and from the minute I received my tools I started and I have never been happier. This is the best thing I did for my carrier. Your videos are simple, clear and excellent. I wish you the best of luck and thank you for being honest . You deliver what you promised and in this day and age, that is extremely valuable, to come across someone who delivers what she promised , and much more. I pray for your success, you have the skills and you deserve it.
Manda Vassigh”

This collection is 11 hours and 46 minutes of detailed, easy to follow instructions that will have you carving successfully and beautifully. You can pay much more than this for 1 day of fruit carving lessons with much less instructional time. But there is no way that you could learn and retain all that these DVDs teach in a one day live class. And, with these video lessons, you always have a front row seat and can play back any sections that you like whenever you want. It’s great way to learn.

Once you know the carving techniques in this collection, you will be truly be carving like a pro with Oooohs and Aaaahs guaranteed! You will enjoy the creative satisfaction and the admiration of your friends, family, and guests (as well as customers if you are a pro).

To see some of the carvings made by students that use the techniques taught in the 201 Course lessons, click here, and for more, click here.

The Vegetable Fruit Carving 201 Course includes: On DVD
(with online access)
Carving Melon Flowers $39.95 $34.95
Watermelon Cakes $39.95 $34.95
Amazing Carving with Jimmy Zhang $39.95 $34.95
Carving Letters and Words #1 & #2 $69.97 $54.97
Watermelon Carving Scroll Pattern $34.97 $29.97
Regular Total for Individual Lessons $224.79 $189.79
201 Course Savings $179- $45.79 savings DVDs (comes with online version) $149 a $40.79 savings
Online Only version


“…You were right, I received lots of aaahs and ooohs!!! It’s so much fun, I love it and you are such an amazing teacher!
– Cindy Rozich”

“You rock! At times you make me feel as though you know me personally when teaching. Thanks!
– Vandoria”

“The video lessons are really great.  My daughter bought a set for me when I visited her in the US and from the moment I opened one video, I got hooked and I haven’t stopped carving since.  The instructions are clear and interesting and fun to learn.

Join our Vegetable and Fruit Carving 201 Course Now!

Certificate of completion will be provided to those students who send photos of all the completed projects in the course. Certificate is suitable for framing with embossed gold seal.

DVD version – 5 sets of lessons on 8 DVDs – $179.00

This set is a normally $45.79 less than joining these lessons individually.
DVDs come with online access so that you can start learning before your DVDs arrive

$179.00Add to cart

ONLINE only version with same video lessons – $149.00

This set is a normally $40.79 less than joining these lessons individually.
There is no expiration date for the online access.

$149.00Add to cart

P.S. Ooohs and Aaaahs are guaranteed. If you are not absolutely thrilled with the clarity of my lessons and the responses that you get from your friends family and guests, I will refund your money in full. That’s right, you’ve got no risk at all. If you don’t like my course, cancel within 365 days and I will refund you in full.

60 day money back guarantee

To see the tools recommended for the 201 Course, click on the “Additional Information” tab above the “Product Description or look in the section below titled, “Related Products”.

“I absolutely love the lessons and ideas.
Kathleen Pappas”

“I like the way in instruct and then give us time to carve.  You give good details and seeing up close helps
Reda McCrary”

“I love that you go through making common mistakes because I usually find that people who are experienced in a skill area forget the basics. But you make the student feel like you understand the level they are at and you are there to support them.
Jana Phung”

To see some of the carvings made by students that use the techniques taught in the 201 Course lessons, click here, and for more, click here.

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201 Students Carvings

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2 reviews for VFC 201 Course – Beyond the Basics

  1. Kathy

    Have the 101 course and love it! Bought the 201 course because the 101 is so easy to follow. The 201 course is wonderful! The videos are of good quality and the instructions are easy to follow. You can start and stop the videos while you are carving or for review. The trick is the steps and the angles of each step you are carving. The videos there for you to review now or a year from now. When you take a class it is expensive and there is always a lot of chit chat from the students in the class and you miss important information. When you get home if you are like me…you can’t remember all the steps involved! What a waste of money and frustration! Great investment!

  2. Xian Baldassara

    I bought 201 class right after I finished my 101 class which it is amazing concept, and I feel the smooth Learning procedure since I have learned very well from my basic 101 class, and I received detailed reviews from my instructor Nita on both sides of pros and cons about each project I need to be done for the certificate. So I know what part I should improve myself. I call it constructive criticism and I love it from my instructor Nita because I could learn better since she is intelligent and always go to the point for my questions. Kisses and hug to her. I received my 201 lesson certificate yesterday , and I started the portrait section now. I have tremendous interest more and more with her class, now I start on portrait class.