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 Key Cooking Skills - Part 1


  • Mon 6 Jul - Fri 10 Jul 2020 Show session dates/times
    • Mon 6 Jul 2020
    • Tue 7 Jul 2020
    • Wed 8 Jul 2020
    • Thu 9 Jul 2020
    • Fri 10 Jul 2020

Our five day Key Cooking skills course is ideal for those who are new to cooking or have limited experience and want to learn the fundamental skills for cooking success.

No previous experience is necessary for the first of our Key Skills courses, although many students have basic cooking knowledge. We’ll demystify the kitchen for you, teaching you how to follow a recipe and equipping you with techniques that will instil you with confidence and enthusiasm.

Your days will be split between the demonstration room and the bright and spacious kitchens, as you put your new found skills into practice. Taught by the same excellent tutors that teach our professional Diploma course, your days will be busy as you explore new recipes and skills with classmates who are at a similar cooking level. The food that you have cooked is eaten for lunch if you are cooking in the mornings, or taken home to share if you are cooking in the afternoon. By the end of the week you will be amazed by how much you have achieved, and will have a new repertoire of go-to dishes for cooking every day.

Click on the ‘What you will learn’ tab above to learn more about the contents of this course.

Suitable for

  • Adults who are new to cooking
  • Adults with some cooking experience but who wish to learn proper cooking methods in order to become a better and more confident cook

Key Cooking Skills Part 2 covers further fundamental cooking skills and cooking for dinner parties. These courses cover different skills and can be taken in any order or as a two week course.

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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.


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What you'll learn Key Cooking Skills - Part 1

You will be introduced to kitchen basics including

  • Knife skills
  • How to follow a recipe
  • When to weigh ingredients
  • Kitchen organisation
  • Soups
  • Egg cooking
  • Shortcrust pastry
  • Roasting meat
  • Bread making
  • Fish preparation and cooking
  • Use of gelatine
  • Baking
  • Flour thickened sauces
  • Simple buffet ideas

Sample recipes

  • Scrambled egg with smoked salmon
  • Butternut squash, coconut and lemongrass soup
  • Grilled plaice with seaweed butter
  • Miso mackerel with soba noodles
  • Rosemary focaccia
  • Roast beef with all the trimmings
  • Chicken tagine
  • Cauliflower with pomegranate and pistachio
  • French bean with mangetout, hazelnuts and orange
  • Pavlova
  • Blood orange and olive oil cake
  • Peach melba crumble
  • Pecan fudge brownie

Practical info Key Cooking Skills - Part 1

What is included:

  • A Leiths apron
  • A Leiths How to Cook book
  • A recipe booklet
  • All ingredients provided and weighed out for you in advance
  • We do the washing up!

What you need to bring:

  • Close-toed flat soled shoes
  • Long loose trousers and a long sleeved top are advisable
  • A notebook and pencil

Please note: Most students like to eat the food they have cooked in the mornings for lunch. However, throughout the week you will alternate between cooking in the mornings and afternoons. On days when there is a demonstration in the morning, you will have tasters of all of the demonstration dishes but no additional lunch is provided - you may, therefore, wish to bring something from home or visit the cafes and supermarkets nearby on these days. Food cooked in the afternoon sessions can be taken home to share with friends and family for dinner. You may bring your own tupperware or use the foil containers provided by Leiths.

Allergies and Intolerances:

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, adjust order/write/adjust recipes

* 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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