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Complete Cook Course – Part 1

Begin your journey towards becoming a well-rounded, complete cook with this 5-week course


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


Best suited for people with little or no culinary experience



‘Complete Cook’ is a three-part cooking course series that takes place one day a week for 5 weeks, providing you with all the tools you need to become a skilled and complete home-cook. Every week, you’ll focus on developing a new key cooking skill whilst exploring a range of exciting recipes. You’ll learn good kitchen management, knife skills, and how to prepare, cook and present fresh produce to enhance flavour.

Each part of the series may be taken in succession to obtain a complete kitchen skillset or take courses individually in any order. Part 1 covers kitchen fundamentals, knife skills, kitchen organisation and some delicious recipes to give you the foundations of a comprehensive kitchen skillset.


Week 1: The Building Blocks
Week 2: Meat and sauces
Week 3: Fish and shellfish
Week 4: Baking
Week 5: Desserts

Typical skills covered:

  • Knife skills and presentation
  • Preparation of meat (i.e. jointing)
  • Browning meat
  • Preparation of shellfish and filleting of fish
  • Bread
  • Creamed cakes
  • Shortcrust pastry
  • Use of gelatine


Example recipes:

  • Butternut squash, coconut & lemongrass soup
  • Moroccan lamb tagine
  • Sumac chicken with fattoush salad
  • Pan fried squid with chickpea salad
  • Enriched white bread
  • Victoria sandwich
  • Glazed berry tartlets
  • Vanilla panna cotta

Sample recipes may be subject to change

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. Whatever the ratio, there is always more than enough food to go around, and often food to take home too. 

Your sessions will comprise of a mixture of practical cookery and demonstrations performed by the teacher who is running the session.  

Around 1pm, you will break for lunch and enjoy the dishes you have cooked with the rest of your class, accompanied by refreshments.


What’s included:  

  • A Leiths apron 
  • 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, accompanied by refreshments 
  • We do the washing up 


What to bring: 

  • Flat soled shoes 
  • Long trousers and a long-sleeved top are advisable
  • A notebook and pencil  


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.