Chef Skills:
Evening Course

Elevate your cooking skills and take your culinary ability to the next level with our accredited Chef Skills course.

Ready to take your culinary skill set up a level?

Chef Skills is a part time professional evening course designed for competent and knowledgeable home cooks, chefs and food professionals wanting to up their skills. The progressive techniques you’ll learn on this unique course will refine, enhance and elevate your cooking. The course runs two evenings per week across ten weeks and three Saturdays.

Building on your foundation knowledge, you’ll develop as a cook and learn the skills needed to become a masterful home cook or to excel in the food industry. Deepen your understanding of food, extend your repertoire of skills and recipes, and take on new challenges as you take your culinary abilities to the next level.

As well as building on fundamental classic skills, you’ll learn to create contemporary dishes, experience interesting flavour combinations, and learn impressive techniques from global cuisines. You’ll learn to master food presentation, canapés, meat and fish techniques, and gain endless recipe inspiration. The course celebrates and embraces emerging food trends, so you will be well positioned to offer the food that people love to eat today.

If you have taken the Essential Cooking Certificate, this course is the natural progression. If you haven’t, take a look at this questionnaire to determine if your skills are the correct level for this course.

Who is this course for?

- Competent, passionate home cooks who want to enhance and elevate their cooking skills

- Chefs looking to refine and elevate their skills to move their career forward

- Those who have taken our Essential Cooking Certificate looking to build on these foundation skills, deepen their knowledge, and take their culinary skills to the next level and unlock doors to a career in the food industry

- Those who have completed chefs training in the past and want to refresh their skills and learn more contemporary cooking techniques and recipes

Whatever your motivations for taking this course, we will equip you with in-depth knowledge and kitchen confidence to fulfil your ambitions.

If you're not yet ready for Chef Skills, our Essential Cooking Certificate is the perfect course to take to tackle the fundamental foundations of cooking. Available both in person and online.

If ever anybody comes to me for a job and I hear they’ve trained at Leiths, I want them.

– Rick Stein - Chef, Restaurateur & Broadcaster

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Industry Opportunities

Chef Skills is ideal for those looking to enhance and elevate their cooking skills and fulfil their professional, or general, culinary ambitions. Students who gain the Chef Skills certificate can go on to...

Expand your repertoire as a professional chef

Work as a professional chef in a restaurant or pub

Cook for private clients

Expand on or create your own catering business

Launch your own food businesses

Run bed & breakfasts, delis, food stalls/trucks

Work and travel abroad e.g. Cook for a ski chalet

Work in recipe development e.g. for a meal delivery service or food product

Enter the world of food writing e.g. Your own food blog or work for a food magazine

Course Content

Your commitment will be split between demonstrations and hands on cooking under the guidance of the Leiths expert teachers. We will also be focusing on planning your time in the kitchen and simple, effective food presentation.

Leiths teachers will assess your progress throughout the 10 weeks of the course and students will be required to complete a theory and practical exam at the end of the course to be eligible for the certificate.

Successful students will leave with a fantastic qualification in practical cooking skills, kitchen theory and professional hygiene.

  • Breads and bigas
  • Hollandaise sauce
  • Uses of gelatines for set creams and bavarois
  • Italian meringue
  • Fish and shellfish prep
  • Enriched pasta and gnocchi
  • Pate sucrée
  • Soufflés, savoury and sweet
  • Meat prep and sauces
  • Layered pastry/introduction to flaky pastry
  • Steaming
  • Choux pastry
  • Cake making
  • Canapés and buffet evening cooking sessions
  • Duck breasts with a bramble sauce, pommes anna and hispi cabbage
  • Slow cooked Pork cheeks with apple compote, braised lettuce and pommes puree
  • Sea bream with fennel puree and hazelnut dressing
  • Chicken liver pate with soda bread and tomato chutney
  • Sausage rolls using flaky pastry
  • Gnocchi with asparagus, peas and a sage butter
  • Gingerbread Alaska
  • Fougasse bread
  • Seville orange souffle

Course Details

2021 Course dates:

Tue 12 Jan - Thu 18 Mar (two evenings per week and three Saturdays)

We offer the Chef Skills in various different formats, so you can achieve your culinary ambitions in a way which suits your schedule and lifestyle:

Chef Skills; Evening Course: An evening course running two evenings per week for ten weeks, as well as three Saturdays throughout the duration of the course.

Chef Skills; Online Course: Our flexible, 24 week online course which involves approximately 3 hours of cooking per week.

Chef Skills; Summer Daytime Course: Coming Soon.

Students who attend the course in the school will automatically be enrolled for the assessment at the end of the course. Successful students will be awarded the professional Leiths Chef Skills Certificate.

Online course students will receive a digital certificate of completion. They will also have the opportunity to enrol for the full accreditation, with a two-day practical course at the school to determine their final mark.

If you would like to talk to us about a place on the Chef Skills evening course starting in January 2020, please email us at to arrange a chat with one of our experienced and approachable tutors, or call 020 8749 6400.

To secure a place on the course, we will ask for a completed enrolment form and a deposit to secure your booking. If you have any queries regarding how to book the course please telephone the school.

Foreign Language Students and Visas

If English is your second language you should have proof that you've attained an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) band score of 6.5 which equates to C1 on the CEFR (Council of Europe's Common European Framework). If you have studied at degree level before in the UK this will not be needed.

If you have any Visa related questions please contact the Registrar at

We are running our kitchens with smaller numbers of students but still with our normal teacher to student ratio. We are using different methods of teaching; managing spaces and timings in the building to allow every student their space.

Our kitchens are always scrupulously clean but we have increased our cleaning schedule to include a full deep clean of common areas between occupations by each student group.

A summary of our full Covid-19 Health & Safety Plans, with all the key points and information you need for a safe return to our kitchens can be found here. We will update our procedures as necessary.


Uniform and equipment

Students on this course will require an equipment pack and uniform (approx. £140). Instructions for all required items are sent out before the course begins.

What is included?

  • 2 x Leiths aprons
  • A Leiths How to Cook book

What should I bring?

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

Allergies and intolerances

We are happy to make adjustments where possible.

Please see our allergy and dietary restrictions advice here.


£3440 (£400 deposit)

Before enrolling, we highly recommend that you book an initial chat with one of our friendly tutors. Due to the current situation we are currently offering 1:1’s by phone and video. You’ll have an opportunity to talk about yourself, what you are hoping to achieve and we can discuss our courses and their suitability for you. We can of course talk you through our current social distancing and health and safety policies and explain what to expect in the new academic year as well as answer any questions that you may have. You should allow up to half an hour for the appointment.

Places are offered on a first come, first served basis.

To secure a place on this course a deposit of £400 is payable as well as your agreement to the terms and conditions, which you can read here. Your signed enrolment form should be sent to:

Leiths School of Food & Wine,
16-20 Wendell Road, London,
W12 9RT, UK
or E-mail:

All remaining professional courses fees will be due at least six weeks before the course start date.

We’ll send you an invoice, along with instructions for ordering equipment, books and uniform closer to the time.

Leiths School of Food and Wine is located over 4 floors of a light and airy space on a residential street between Shepherd's Bush and Chiswick in West London.

The school comprises four kitchens, three of which are used for the full time students while the fourth is used for recipe development, corporate team building, one day workshops, photography and filming.

The kitchens are all air conditioned and equipped with gas ovens and hobs of the same design and high standard employed by professional restaurants and catering kitchens, giving students access to all the equipment needed to learn to cook professionally.

The demonstration kitchen on the ground floor is fitted with LCD screens and cameras enabling students to see the close up details of each step of the dishes and techniques demonstrated by the teachers and outside lecturers.

Prices & Booking

Chef Skills: Evening Course
Daytime Course

£3440 (£400.00 deposit)

Tue 12 Jan - Thu 18 Mar     PLACES AVAILABLE

  • Tue 12 Jan 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Thu 14 Jan 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Tue 19 Jan 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Thu 21 Jan 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Sat 23 Jan 2021 09.00-15.00
  • Tue 26 Jan 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Thu 28 Jan 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Tue 2 Feb 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Thu 4 Feb 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Tue 9 Feb 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Thu 11 Feb 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Sat 13 Feb 2021 09.00-15.00
  • Tue 16 Feb 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Thu 18 Feb 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Tue 23 Feb 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Thu 25 Feb 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Sat 27 Feb 2021 09.00-15.00
  • Tue 2 Mar 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Thu 4 Mar 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Tue 9 Mar 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Thu 11 Mar 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Tue 16 Mar 2021 18.30-21.30
  • Thu 18 Mar 2021 18.30-21.30

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