Elevate Your Chef Skills

Master the skills and techniques that will take your culinary abilities to the next level and help you excel in the food industry, with Leiths 24-week Chef Skills Online Course and Certificate.

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Chef Skills for Experienced Home Cooks and Professionals

Chef Skills is a professional course designed for competent and knowledgeable home cooks, chefs and food professionals. Students may have already completed the Essential Online Certificate with the aim to now progress in their chefs training and build upon the foundation skills they have learnt.

The progressive techniques you’ll learn on this unique course will refine, enhance and elevate your cooking. Building on your foundation knowledge, you’ll develop as a cook and learn skills to drive your career forwards in the food industry, take those first important steps towards a potential career change, or become a masterful home cook. Deepen your understanding, extend your repertoire of skills, and take on new challenges as you take your culinary abilities to the next level.

Throughout the course you’ll be supported by an expert Leiths mentor and will be part of a cohort of like-minded students, all made accessible by the Workshop digital learning platform.

As well as learning fundamental classic skills you’ll expand your repertoire and create diverse, contemporary dishes, work with spices, experience interesting flavour combinations, and learn impressive techniques from global cuisines. Amongst other skills, you will master more complex sauces such as madeira jus and sabayon; develop your patisserie expertise with pate sucrée, flaky pastry and Italian meringues; tackle soufflés, bavarois and doughnuts; develop your bread making skills with enriched loaves; learn to execute a Middle Eastern buffet, and master the art of a plant-based dinner party.

You’ll learn presentation, canapés, meat and fish techniques, and endless recipes to build your repertoire. The course celebrates international flavours and embraces emerging food trends, so you will be well positioned to offer the food that people love to eat today.

Who is this course for?

- Experienced, passionate home cooks looking to expand and advance their culinary repertoire or explore a career in food

- Chefs, caterers, and food professionals, looking to upskill or modernise their breadth of skills

- Those who have taken our Essential Cooking Certificate (on or offline) or our Foundation Certificate, and want to significantly build on these foundation skills

- Leiths alumni who are keen to refresh and modernise their skillset

Earn a Leiths-approved Certificate of Completion

Get your Leiths-approved Certificate of Completion, acknowledging your growth as a chef, and giving you the confidence to continue developing your skills moving forward.

Learn Through Experience

What makes the learning experience unique is that you can take this flexible course from your own home. You’ll learn a wide range of more advanced cooking skills, techniques and practices by cooking along with professional teachers from our industry-leading cookery school.

Access Anywhere, Anytime through the Workshop App

Access high-quality video guided cooking sessions in the comfort of your own kitchen, on mobile, tablet or on the web, and schedule around your lifestyle to suit you.

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Receive Bespoke Mentorship

Develop your skills alongside a class of like-minded cooks and receive real-time expert tuition and feedback on each of your cooking sessions from your dedicated class mentor.

Chef Skills: 24-Week Online Course

This 24-week course will guide professional chefs and passionate home cooks through the advanced skills, techniques and practices that they need to refine and enhance their cooking.

Each week, you will unlock a new batch of video-based sessions that take you step-by-step through the process of cooking a variety of recipes. With Workshop’s unique hands-on method of learning, you’ll be cooking from day one with no need to read pages of theory in advance.

By joining the course, you will have access to the following through the Workshop app:

  • 24 units, unlocked weekly, guiding you through ~3 hours of cooking time each week
  • 56 individual cooking sessions
  • Collaborative group chat with your own private class and mentor
  • Feedback on your dishes from your class and mentor via a private in-app feed of photo uploads
  • A Certificate of Completion after you complete everything on the course

In addition to the core aspects of the course, you will also get:

  • Downloadable Leiths recipes and additional resources for you to keep
  • Access to your course dashboard for a total of 12 months after your start date
  • The opportunity to earn a full Leiths-accredited Cooking Certificate at an additional two-day practical assessment in London

Average cooking time: 3 hours per week

  1. At the start of each week, you will be prompted to schedule 1-4 practical sessions and to gather all the kit you’ll need to start cooking.
  2. In every session, you will follow a Leiths teacher through a series of step-by-step videos in your own kitchen, learning directly through your experience.
  3. After each session, you will be asked to upload photos of your creations for discussion and feedback from your classmates and mentor.
  4. Once you have completed all sessions on the course, you will earn your Certificate of Completion.
  1. Bread – Part 1
  2. Risotto & Arancini
  3. Cooking with Spices
  4. French Pastries
  5. Egg-based Desserts
  6. Middle Eastern Feast
  7. Fish Preparation & Cooking
  8. Bread – Part 2
  9. Italian Meringue
  10. Layered Pastries
  11. Offal
  12. Baking
  13. Grains
  14. Meat Cooking
  15. Sorbet & Granita
  16. Roots
  17. Canapés & Planning
  18. Soufflés
  19. Purées & Sauces
  20. Vegan Dinner Party
  21. Paris Montaigne
  22. Pasta & Gnocchi
  23. Preserving & Enriched Dough
  24. Online Assessment

Leiths School of Food and Wine, on Workshop

Leiths School of Food and Wine is an industry-leading cookery school offering professional chef diplomas, enthusiast courses and online cooking courses. We have been equipping aspiring cooks with the skills to flourish in the food world since 1975.

With a philosophy grounded in teaching the individual within a close and collaborative community, we have put immense efforts into ensuring that our online courses reflect our core values.

With Workshop’s unique learning experience, we’re now able to teach hands-on cooking skills to people in their own homes, providing in-depth feedback and a close community network just as we do at our school in London.


What if I’ve already taken the Leiths Essential Cooking course?

This course is perfect for those who have already completed the Leiths Essential Cooking course, as it will introduce you to a wide range of new recipes and techniques, while recapping some familiar skills to reinforce your learning.

By continuing your learning through structured practice and the development of new cooking concepts, you’ll be able to build up your skillset and reach the next level of your culinary ambitions.

Do I need to complete sessions at specific times?

Your class will be moving forward at a pace of 1 unit per week, however after each unit is unlocked you have the freedom to complete each session entirely at your own pace. You will also have the ability to schedule your sessions for times that suit your lifestyle.

This course has been carefully designed to make sure the advantages of real-world learning experiences are still embraced online. You will therefore be taken through the subject matter week-by-week to give you the chance to digest what you’ve learnt whilst progressing at a steady pace alongside your classmates. Unlike a real-world course though, you will also have the opportunity to revisit sessions and practice whenever and wherever you like!

How will I interact with my class?

Shortly before your course start date, you will be invited to introduce yourself to the rest of your class via messaging on the Workshop app.

Each week, your class will unlock a new unit encouraging you all to cook the same dishes within the same week. At the end of every session, you will be asked to upload a photo of your dish, which your class and mentor will be able to view, like and provide feedback on.

What if I miss a week?

There’s no need to worry if you have a holiday booked or have to miss a week or two during the course. You’ll have access to your course dashboard for a total of 12 months from your start date, and so you’ll have plenty of time to catch up if you need to.

Can I try before I buy?

If you would like a taster of the step-by-step online video format, we recommend you try the Leiths workshop “Mastering Sauces: Hollandaise”, which you can accessfor £9.99 here. This simple workshop is representative of the way in which you will complete cooking sessions on the course.

How much contact will I get with my mentor?

You can contact your mentor through the group chat on the app at any time, and will receive a response within 48 hours. Your mentor will also be able to grade and comment on your photo uploads with any feedback they may have.

When will I get to meet my class?

You’ll be able to log into the Workshop app and access your class group discussion shortly before your start date so that you can chat away and get acquainted!

Will I get a list of all the cooking equipment I’ll need for the course ahead of time?

Yes, we’ll send you a full equipment list before the course starts. Make sure to keep an eye on your emails (including your spam folder) for this!

What is your cancellation policy?

If you book your place over 30 days before your course start date, you can cancel your booking and claim a full refund within 30 days of your purchase. If you book your place within 30 days of the course start date, you can claim a full refund within 14 days of your purchase.

How long will I have access to the course?

You’ll have access to your course dashboard for a total time of 12 months after your start date.

Units (including video sessions and supporting materials) will become available week-by-week as your class progresses through the course.

What is the typical workload per week of the course?

With 1-4 practical sessions to complete each week, you can typically expect to be cooking for a combined total of about 3 hours a week.

Do you offer discounts for large groups of students?

Yes, we offer group discounts, so if you’re a teacher, or part of a parents’ group, email bookings@leiths.com to enquire.

How does the assessment work?

Your Certificate of Completion will be awarded if you pass an online practical assessment at the end of the course.

This assessment will challenge you to replicate skills you have learnt throughout the course with minimal assistance. You will be asked to upload photos at different stages of the process and your mentor will grade and give feedback on completion.

Can I earn a full Leiths-accredited certificate through this course?

This course can directly award you with a Certificate of Completion, but it is also possible to earn the full Leiths Essential Certificate with the skills you learn in this course.

At the end of the course, your mentor will review your progress to determine whether you’re ready for a practical two-day exam taking place at the school in London. This accreditation comes at an additional cost of £600, and provides the same certification as the £3,440 Essential Cooking Certificate – Part 2 course offered in-person at Leiths School of Food and Wine.

Upcoming classes

4 Feb 2022 - class full

4 Feb 2022 - 4 spaces available

Monthly Payment Plan £650 plus 3 payments of £415

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If you have any questions, please call (+44) 208 749 6400 or email onlinecourses@leiths.com.

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