Chef Intermediate – Virtual

2 days

Chef Intermediate is an instructor-led course that first introduces you to test-driven development (TDD) and then shows you how to extend your cookbooks with custom resources and Ohai plugins.

This course is delivered virtually online and you can attend from any location on the planet with a solid internet connection

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Building cookbooks with tests will increase the speed at which you work by giving you consistent feedback throughout the entire cookbook development process. Extending your cookbooks with custom resources will increase clarity within your recipes and provide resources that are portable to other cookbooks. Ohai plugins gather data from your nodes that will aid in more dynamic recipes and extensive reporting.

In this course, you will learn how to confidently refactor and expand a cookbook through explanation, demonstration, practice, and discussion. At the end of the course, you will have created code that can be applied to solve the unique challenges you face managing your infrastructure.

Two-day course agenda:

  • Setting up Test Kitchen
  • Writing a Test First - The TDD Approach
  • Building a Reliable Cookbook
  • Agility with Unit Testing - ChefSpec
  • Refactoring Using Attributes
  • Refactor Testing for Multiple-Platforms
  • Introduction to Ruby
  • Adding Ruby Gems
  • Creating Custom Resources
  • Extending Custom Resources
  • Refining Custom Resources
  • Completing Unit Test Suite
  • Creating Ohai Plugins
  • Intro to CI/CD Pipeline

Workstation requirements:

You will need a workstation with admin/root access on the machine for this class. You will need the ability to use ssh to remotely log into the virtual machines provided in class.

Student requirements:

To take this course you should have completed the Chef Infra Foundations course or have comparable Chef knowledge. You should also have working knowledge of core Chef concepts and resources and you should also have some experience using Chef.

Customer Comments

BlackBerry Limited

I don't usually like online training, but this training was great and Eric is really good, well-organized, and in control. The way he engaged each participants is amazing, and how he troubleshoot issues.


Class was excellent, and the Instructor was even better! Robin Beck is the best!

CVS Health

The lab setups are excellent and allow the class to focus on the training objectives. It was a great way to get hands on experience with Compliance in one day.

CVS Health

This was the best training class I've taken. It was online using Zoom, it was super easy to share code and collaborate. The instructor kept everything going at a perfect pace and his knowledge and expertise on the topic was evident. 22 years of training in my career and this was hands down the best class I've taken. Better than classroom training. Looking forward to more!


This was the best course I've ever taken. The instructor was just GREAT!


Just Great!

Rakuten Inc.

It was great.


Robin Beck provided an excellent training: he was very knowledgeable and held a very comprehensive two day training session!


this is a great class, with great content and mentor


Excellent information presented by an experienced practitioner and an excellent presenter.

Texas Comptroller

Even though I've been using Chef for three years, I found this class immensely useful; not only did it allow me to examine and compare my current practices to those presented in the training, but I learned several new techniques for using Chef tools.


I will recommend this class to my organization as one of the more complete solutions to on boarding new Chef users.


I was sad to have the training end! The personalized attention from the instructor was priceless. Chef made sense and I LOVED it! Every question and problem were solved and explained. Truly craft masters of Chef, take this and be ready to be amazed. I'm applying what I learned the next week after the course. Thank you CHEF!