Summary An Evening at Leiths: Mediterranean Made Easy


  • Tue 26 Sep 2023   18.45 - 21.15

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Learn how to produce a menu of warm, autumn-to-winter flavours in this inspiring hands-on evening class with chef and food writer Marcia Barrington. Known for her vibrant and healthy Mediterranean style food with seasonality and sustainability at its heart, Marcia will share the techniques you need to confidently cook a menu which incorporates fish cooking, fruit poaching and making your own harissa, not to mention mastering filo pastry.

From crunchy Feta filo triangles bursting with golden saffron-scented shallots, preserved lemon and goats cheese; to sustainable hake with white beans and fresh harissa; to almond stuffed figs in chocolate and blood oranges with wild honey and olive oil in February. This class will inspire you to cook colourful, tasty Mediterranean style food throughout the cooler months ahead.


Filo triangles with goats cheese, preserved lemon and saffron shallots

Hake with fresh harissa and white beans

Blood oranges, honey and Nunez de Prado Olive oil

Please note, recipes and ingredients might change.

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Class structure

Your class will comprise of a mixture of hands on cookery and demonstrations performed by the chef who is running the session. The exact format will vary from class to class depending on the style of cuisine and, in the case of visiting chefs, their individual teaching style.

Unless otherwise stated, you will be eating the food that you have cooked during your class for lunch, usually with wine or elderflower cordial around a communal table. If your class does not involve cooking lunch you will enjoy delicious sharing platters prepared by the school.

Allergies and dietary restrictions

Please call the school to discuss any relevant allergies with a member of staff. You can read our full policy on allergies and dietary restrictions here.

Practical info An Evening at Leiths: Mediterranean Made Easy

What is included:

  • Refreshments on arrival
  • A recipe booklet
  • All ingredients provided and weighed out for you in advance
  • Lunch of your own making or sharing platters prepared by the school, both with Louis Latour wines
  • We do the washing up!

What you need to bring:

  • Flat soled shoes
  • Long trousers and a long sleeved top are advisable

Allergies and dietary restrictions:

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 and adjust the order accordingly. Please read our full policy on allergies and dietary restrictions here.

Marcia Barrington

Marcia Barrington

Marcia Barrington is an experienced chef, food writer and creative with a long-standing career in food. She was one of the original directors of the Divertimenti Cookery School, a consultant to big business advising how to nourish a healthy workforce and latterly - as catering boss, where she set up and ran a sustainable, high-end catering company for ten years.

Marcia has been writing recipes and teaching people how to cook throughout her career. She’s had recipes appear in The Independent, The Times and The Sunday Times; she’s a regular contributor to The Mediterranean Lifestyle Magazine, FareShare UK and Sustainable Food Trust; and has worked with many well-known chefs, food writers and brands.

Marcia is a fluent Spanish speaker, an advocate for sustainable food systems, seasonal ingredients and the Mediterranean way to eat. As well as teaching cookery classes in the UK, Marcia splits her time between her homes in London and rural Spain where she hosts A Cook’s Food Tour of the Central Market in Valencia.

* 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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