Essential Cooking Certificate: Daytime Course

    £3175 (£400.00 deposit)

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This full time course will run every working day, Monday to Friday, from Monday 13th August - Fri 7th September 2018. Each day begins at 9.30am and finishes at 4.30pm. To book your place, please email bookings@leiths.com.

If you'd like to learn the maximum number of 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. From comforting classics to cutting edge creations, this is a unique opportunity to master the building blocks of cooking. 

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.

Suitable for:

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

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

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Course content Essential Cooking Certificate: Daytime Course

Weeks 1-3

Learn skills tackled on our professional courses but in a more relaxed format (no exams!). 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.

The final week 

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 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.

Typical Day

Uniform and equipment Essential Cooking Certificate: Daytime Course

Students on this course will require a set of kitchen equipment and a chef's jacket (approx. £140) and course literature (£30). 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:

  • Flat soled shoes
  • Long 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

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* 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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