Due to the coronavirus outbreak Leiths has made the difficult decision to cancel all planned courses (except our online courses) until the end of May. In these exceptional circumstances all students who have booked places on our courses will be offered the opportunity to cancel or reschedule their course. If you are currently in the process of taking a multi-part course, you will be offered new dates to complete the course later in the year. Of course we will be dealing with a high volume of calls and emails and we thank you for your understanding and patience during this unsettling time. We look forward to cooking with you at Leiths in the near future.


Summary Cooking for Vitality: A Healthy Balance


  • Thu 30 Apr 2020   10.00 - 14.30
  • Wed 1 Jul 2020   10.00 - 14.30

Do you want to give your diet a healthy boost whilst still enjoying tempting food? If so, this class is a great way to adjust your eating habits for the better in a sensible, balanced way.

Create deliciously nourishing meals with our introduction to healthy everyday eating. You'll discuss the basics when it comes to making the most of fresh, seasonal ingredients; choosing the best produce, reading labels discerningly and considering where your food comes from.

Watch illuminating demonstrations before rolling up your sleeves and cooking a menu of creative dishes, all with the help of the Leiths chefs.

If you're interested in nutritious food, this course offers a fresh approach to eating healthily whilst keeping the jargon to a minimum.

Examples of topics that may be covered:

  • Seasonality
  • An introduction to quick pickles and fermenting
  • Sprouting
  • Raw food

Typical recipes:

  • Lemon poached chicken with red cabbage and beetroot salad
  • Seed and date bites
  • Raw chocolate tart and seasonal fruit
  • Seasonal raw soup

Please note:

Recipes may change. This course is an introduction to the principles of healthy eating and, whilst you will touch upon elements of nutrition, you should not expect to go into great detail. If you are interested gaining a more complex understanding of these elements, take a look at Nutrition in Practice: The Accreditation.

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Class structure

Cooking with your classmates is an integral part of your Leiths experience. You will cook some of your recipes in pairs, and some independently – whatever the ratio, there is always more than enough food, and often food to take home too.

Your day will comprise of a mixture of hands on cookery and demonstrations performed by the chef who is running the session. The exact format will vary from class to class depending on the style of cuisine and, in the case of visiting chefs, their individual teaching style.

Unless otherwise stated, you will be eating the food that you have cooked during your class for lunch, usually with wine or elderflower cordial around a communal table. If your class does not involve cooking lunch you will enjoy delicious sharing platters prepared by the school.

Allergies and dietary restrictions

Please call the school to discuss any relevant allergies with a member of staff. You can read our full policy on allergies and dietary restrictions here.

* All prices correct at time of publishing. Please note that prices are likely to change at the end of each financial year (April).

Practical info Cooking for Vitality: A Healthy Balance

What is included:

  • Refreshments on arrival
  • A recipe booklet
  • All ingredients provided and weighed out for you in advance
  • Lunch of your own making or sharing platters prepared by the school, both with Louis Latour wines
  • We do the washing up!

What you need to bring:

  • Flat soled shoes
  • Long trousers and a long sleeved top are advisable

Allergies and dietary restrictions:

We are happy to make adjustments where possible. Some classes are however unsuitable for people with particular intolerances – where the menu would need to be completely different. We need 10 days' notice to be able to properly check the class and adjust the order accordingly. Please read our full policy on allergies and dietary restrictions here.

* All prices correct at time of publishing. Please note that prices are likely to change at the end of each financial year (April).

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