Summary How to be a Food Presenter

How to be a Food Presenter

The growth in popularity of food, and its compelling media presence, has given rise to a new breed of cook who can delight with both their food and their ability to engage with a food loving audience.

How to be a Food Presenter is for anyone who wants to cook for and connect with an audience, whether they plan to start an informative YouTube channel, teach cookery, demonstrate at live events, cook on TV or simply improve their presentation skills.

This course, which is the first of its kind in the UK, is taught by trainers from Chef's Training, a television training company with vast experience in media and food, as well as by the Leiths chefs. Working in a small group of no more than ten, you’ll spend most of your week learning at Leiths before heading out to a London Food Market to practice on location pieces to camera.

Finding your voice

We’ll start by teaching you how to cook and talk clearly at the same time (not as easy as it sounds!) before working on your voice projection, voice control, body language and enunciation.

You will be taught the great art of cooking on camera, learning to keep your cool and cook with finesse, providing your audience with essential factual information - ingredients, measures and cooking times – in a warm and engaging style.

Then we’ll guide you through more technical skills like using autocue and talkback, and working with multiple cameras.

Watching yourself on screen, you will be given constructive feedback, before practising in front of the camera again. There will be lots of support available, and we will show you how to relax into the experience.

Marketing yourself

Throughout the course, we’ll help you work on your individual career strategy, explaining how to market yourself, and how to dress and style yourself for television.

You’ll also spend time out on location, filming footage which you'll be able to use for a showreel or for your portfolio. Once you've made a showreel you're happy with, it can be sent to casting agents or simply used as part of your online marketing strategy.

For an extra fee, we can also shoot and supply a set of professional photographs of you in clothing of your choice (you may choose to bring chef's whites).

Our Course Partner Chef's Training

Leiths are delighted to offer this new part time course in partnership with Chef's Training, whose experienced trainers work in many of the world’s best culinary schools in London, Switzerland, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mumbai and New York, as well as working with a number of celebrity chefs.

They’ve worked with presenters from some of the biggest media channels around the globe, and they regularly cast for prominent television companies.

Learning from our experience

The Leiths chefs have been leading cookery demonstrations and cooking on camera for more than forty years. In one session, we'll talk you through the equipment you’ll need, the questions to ask before you demonstrate on location, how to prepare your ingredients, and how to avoid common live cookery mistakes.

Course format

Please check the dates and times for each course in the drop down list above.

The meeting point for each course's 'on location' session will be confirmed nearer the time but will be in London, and easily accessible by public transport.

Booking and Fees

If you have any questions about whether this course is suitable for you, please call us for a chat on 0208 749 6400. Please note, the focus of the course is to learn presentation skills. There will be some simple hands-on cooking involved but this is not a cooking course. To book a place on this course, please read our terms and conditions, and click below to pay your fees in full.

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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.

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What you'll learn How to be a Food Presenter

  • Appearance and presenting yourself for the camera
  • Voice projection and body language
  • Engaging and interacting with a live audience
  • Conveying the key information your audience needs to know
  • Autocue
  • Talkback
  • Multi-camera work
  • Co-hosting and emceeing
  • Interviewing
  • Script writing
  • The practicalities of live cookery demonstration
  • Location filming
  • Career strategy, profile building and marketing yourself

Practical info How to be a Food Presenter

What to wear/bring:

  • Try to avoid wearing patterned, green or blue clothing, as this can interfere with the filming process

Lunch is not provided, however there are many restaurants and sandwich shops a five minute walk away in Askew Village. You may also wish to bring a pack lunch to eat in the student dining room.

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.

* 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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