Explore Leiths Diploma Open House – 5th June 2024


Cook the Seasons: Summer – Weekend

Learn to cook a delicious summertime menu for alfresco dining


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


Best suited for people with little or no culinary experience



Summer brings garden gatherings, barbecues and eating alfresco. This class celebrates just that, teaching you how to cook a vibrant menu for entertaining that highlights the bountiful produce of the summer season.  

As well as learning to cook an exciting menu, you’ll also be taught essential kitchen skills including meat cookery, baking and pastry, giving you the know-how to recreate it at home.  These dishes have been carefully selected by our Leiths teachers for easy yet effective entertaining with minimal cooking time spent in the kitchen and maximum time spent hosting outdoors.   


  • Beetroot and ricotta galette with pistachio dukkah 
  • Lamb rump with braised beans and gremolata 
  • Apricot and frangipane cake with crème fraiche 

Menu 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 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:  

  • Refreshments on arrival 
  • A recipe booklet 
  • All ingredients provided and weighed out for you in advance 
  • 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.