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Summary Key Cooking Skills - Part 1


  • Mon 11 Jul - Fri 15 Jul 2022 Show session dates/times
    • Mon 11 Jul 2022
    • Tue 12 Jul 2022
    • Wed 13 Jul 2022
    • Thu 14 Jul 2022
    • Fri 15 Jul 2022

Our five day Key Cooking skills course is ideal for those who are new to cooking or have limited experience and want to learn the fundamental skills for cooking success.

No previous experience is necessary for the first of our Key Skills courses, although many students have basic cooking knowledge. We’ll demystify the kitchen for you, teaching you how to follow a recipe and equipping you with techniques that will instil you with confidence and enthusiasm.

Your days will be split between a combination of short in-class demonstrations and hands-on practical cooking. All taking place in our bright and spacious kitchens. You will be taught by the same excellent tutors that teach our professional Diploma course, your days will be busy as you explore new recipes and skills with classmates who are at a similar cooking level. The food that you have cooked is eaten for lunch, and there are often dishes to take home to share with your friends and family. By the end of the week you will be amazed by how much you have achieved, and will have a new repertoire of go-to dishes for cooking every day.

Click on the ‘What you will learn’ tab above to learn more about the contents of this course.

Suitable for

  • Adults who are new to cooking
  • Adults with some cooking experience but who wish to learn proper cooking methods in order to become a better and more confident cook

Key Cooking Skills Part 2 covers further fundamental cooking skills and cooking for dinner parties. These courses cover different skills and can be taken in any order or as a two week course.

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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 Key Cooking Skills - Part 1

You will be introduced to kitchen basics including

  • Knife skills and kitchen organisation
  • Basic sauces including flour based and composite sauces
  • Roasting and organisation and time planning
  • Bread
  • Shortcrust pastry
  • Long slow cooking
  • Rubbing in method and baking
  • Fish prep and cook
  • Risotto making
  • Whisking egg whites and folding

Sample recipes

  • Macaroni cheese with leeks and bacon
  • Roast beef and all the trimmings
  • Black pepper shortcrust pastry with figs and blue cheese
  • Lamb tagine and herbed cous cous
  • Pan pizza
  • Grilled plaice with seaweed butter
  • Raspberry and lemon curd slice
  • Lemon posset with macerated strawberries with pink peppercorns and frozen mascarpone shards
  • Chocolate roulade
  • Pea and mint soup with marinated feta

Practical info Key Cooking Skills - Part 1

What is included:

  • A Leiths apron
  • A recipe booklet
  • All ingredients provided and weighed out for you in advance
  • We do the washing up!

What you need to bring:

  • Close-toed flat soled shoes
  • Long loose trousers and a long sleeved top are advisable
  • A notebook and pencil

Please note: The food you have cooked in the morning sessions are for you to enjoy as lunch; lunch takes place around our communal table, in our dedicated dining room. Dishes cooked in the afternoon sessions are for you to take home to share with friends and family for dinner. You may bring your own tupperware or use the containers provided by Leiths.

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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