Essential Cooking Certificate: Daytime Course

    £3330 (£400.00 deposit)

    There are currently no dates for this course.

This full time course will run every working day, Monday to Friday, from Monday 19th August - Fri 13th September 2019. Each day begins at 9.30am and finishes at 5pm. There will be no class on Monday 26th August 2019, which is a bank holiday.

It is now possible to take the first week or first two weeks of the Essential Certificate as standalone courses. Please note that students who choose to partially complete the course in this way will not gain a professional qualification, but it's a great opportunity to boost your cookery skills in a professional environment.

Please note, if you avoid pork for religious reasons, we are able to adapt the course to reflect this. Please email bookings@leiths.com to discuss your requirements.

To secure a place on this course we require a deposit of £400 and agreement to the terms and conditions, which you can read here. Before paying, we strongly advise that you book an initial chat, either by telephone or visiting the school, to ensure that the course is suitable for you. To book an informal interview and tour of the school, please call 020 8749 6400 or email info@leiths.com.

Please note: Payments for professional courses must be made by either bank transfer, cheque or a debit/credit card payment. We do not accept American Express.

If you'd like to learn the maximum number of foundation cookery skills for a professional environment in the shortest period of time, this hands-on fast paced 4 week course is for you.

Whether you are considering a new career or need to fend for yourself after leaving home, you’ll learn all of the essential skills you need for a lifetime of confident cooking. This is a unique opportunity to master the building blocks of cookery.

By the end of the course, you will have an impressive repertoire and your new skills will open the door to hundreds of recipes. You will learn to plan your time in the kitchen and develop kitchen management, menu planning, presentation and budgeting skills.

As this is a professional course, students will be assessed during the course and at the end of the course to be eligible for the certificate. The end of course assessment takes the form of a theory and a practical exam.

Open evenings:

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Suitable for:
The Leiths Essential Cooking Certificate is ideal for anyone with professional cooking ambitions who is new to cooking. Students gaining the Essential Cooking Certificate go on to...

  • cook for private clients
  • plan their own food businesses
  • work in Safari lodges or ski chalets
  • run bed & breakfasts, delis and cakes shops
  • work in other food related industries

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Course content Essential Cooking Certificate: Daytime Course

Learn skills tackled on our full time, 11-week Foundation Certificate but in a shorter length of time. Your time will be split between demonstrations and hands on cooking under the guidance of the Leiths expert teachers. We will also be focusing on cooking seasonally, entertaining on a budget, planning your time in the kitchen and simple but effective presentation.

Join the professional fast track as you hone your technical abilities, preparing you for a more professional cooking environment. You will learn to plan your time in the kitchen and the importance of mise en place (a chef’s term for preparing ahead of service).

Leiths teachers will assess your progress throughout the 4 weeks of the course and students will be required to complete a theory and practical exam at the end of the course to be be eligible for the certificate. Successful students will leave with a fantastic qualification in practical cooking skills, kitchen theory and professional hygiene.

To celebrate your achievements, you will put your budgeting, kitchen management, menu planning and presentation skills to the test as you learn to prepare and cook for a crowd. Friends and family are invited to join you for a delicious sharing menu cooked by you and your fellow students.

Example areas covered:

  • Knife skills and presentation
  • Eggs: setting and thickening
  • Pastry: shortcrust and choux
  • Pan frying: meat and pan sauces
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Stewing
  • Bread
  • Cakes: creamed, melted, rubbed in and whisked
  • Gelatine
  • Puddings
  • Jointing and butchery

Uniform and equipment Essential Cooking Certificate: Daytime Course

Students on this course will require a set of knives, kitchen equipment and a chef's jacket (approx. £140). Order forms for all required items are sent out with the final invoice eight weeks before the course is due to start.

Practical Information Essential Cooking Certificate: Daytime Course

What is included:

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

What you need to 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.

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

Reputation Essential Cooking Certificate: Daytime Course

* 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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