Explore Leiths Diploma Open House – 5th June 2024


A Taste of the Diploma: Cooking Experience Day

Experience a day in the life of a Leiths Diploma student


Elevate your skills to new heights in this home-cook course


Best suited for people with little or no culinary experience


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Considering the Leiths Diploma or another professional course? Put on chef whites, step into our kitchens and get a taste of a day in the life of a student on our prestigious Diploma course. Whether you’re looking to test out the experience before making a professional course purchase or simply fancy yourself as a masterchef-in-the-making for a day, this day class will help you on your way.

The day follows the same structure as a day on the Diploma curriculum, including a morning briefing, a cooking demonstration, then a practical cook where you’ll create the same professional level dish demonstrated that morning, all under the careful guidance of our professional teachers. Chef jackets will be provided.

The cost of this class may be redeemed off the full cost of a professional course if booked after undertaking this class. If you have any questions about this event, please contact our Registrar via email at registrar@leiths.com or call us on 020 8749 6400.

Course Structure

Cooking with your classmates is an integral part of your Leiths experience. You will cook some of your recipes in pairs, and some independently. Regardless, there is always more than enough food to go around, and often food to take home too.

Your day will comprise of a mixture of practical cookery and demonstrations performed by the teacher 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.

Around 1pm, you will break for lunch and enjoy the dishes you have cooked with the rest of your class, accompanied by a glass of wine or other refreshments. In some classes, such as skills classes, where dishes may not be appropriate for lunch, a mezze lunch will be provided.


What’s included: 

  • Chef jackets provided
  • 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 wine or other refreshments
  • We do the washing up


What 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. However, some classes are unsuitable for people with particular intolerances as 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.