Essential Cooking Certificate: Evening Course

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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

Autumn Course Dates: Starting on Saturday 30th September 2017 then every Monday and Wednesday evening from 2nd October to 6th December. The Saturday sessions for this course are on 28th October and 25th November. PLACES AVAILABLE: Please click here pay your £400 deposit and secure your place.


We're thrilled to be able to offer our Essential Cooking Certificate in a new part time evening and weekend format. This course runs on two evenings each week from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, for ten weeks. There are also be three full Saturday sessions, which run from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

This course is therefore ideal for aspiring cooks who want to refine their skills alongside their current 9 to 5 schedules.

If you would like to learn a vast number of cookery skills for a professional environment yet don't have the flexibility to commit to full-time study, this hands-on fast paced 10 week evening course is for you.

Whether you are considering a new career or simply wish to broaden your range of recipes, 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 dishes. You will learn to plan your time in the kitchen and develop kitchen management, menu planning, presentation and budgeting skills.

This is an intensive course for people aspiring to work in the food industry or serious amateur cooks who want to develop their skills to a professional level. Students may find they need to scale down other commitments while they undertake the course as it will require energy and dedication. Past students have found the Essential Certificate to be extremely rewarding and well worth the effort.

It will allow students to really develop their cooking in a relatively short period of time and will prepare those who are successful to enter the food industry. Students will be asked to practise specific skills at home between classes and sometimes to read ahead before tackling a new skill in class.

Please make an appointment to come into the school if you would like to discuss your suitability for the course.


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 cake shops
  • work in other food related industries


Students on this course will require a set of kitchen equipment, 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.

Course content Essential Cooking Certificate: Evening Course

Learn skills tackled on our professional courses in a shorter length of time. 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 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 10 weeks of the course and successful students will leave with a fantastic qualification in practical cooking skills, kitchen theory and professional hygiene.

Example of the 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: Evening Course

Students on this course will require a set of kitchen equipment, 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: Evening 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

* 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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