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Cooking with Confidence Evening Course – Part 1

Go from beginner to confident in the kitchen with this 6-week course for home-cooks

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


Best suited for people with little or no culinary experience



‘Cooking with Confidence’ is a three-part cooking course series that takes place one evening a week for 6 weeks, helping you go from beginner to confident in the kitchen. Through exploring a range of exciting and versatile recipes, you’ll build up a rounded cooking skillset, focusing on a new skill each week from baking and breadmaking, to meat and fish cookery and knife skills.

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 all the kitchen basics, knife and cutting techniques, kitchen organisation and some delicious recipes to grow your cooking ability and encourage you to expand your repertoire. The evening format allows you to learn on your terms around your 9-5 commitments.

Skills covered:

  • Knife skills
  • Baking
  • Soups
  • Sauces
  • Fruit preparation
  • Meat cooking
  • Fish cooking
  • Shellfish preparation and cooking
  • Custard
  • Vegetable cooking
  • Egg cooking
  • Slow cooking
  • Grain cooking

Example recipes:

  • Soy glazed chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • Avocado fattoush with za’atar crisps
  • Celeriac soup with crumble
  • Cheddar scone bread
  • Gingerbread with vanilla mascarpone
  • Lamb tagine with herbed rice
  • Mango and passionfruit pavlova
  • Seabass on papillote with slow cooked tomato and fennel
  • Lemon and poppy seed cake with lemon icing
  • Minced lamb kofta with tabbouleh and flatbreads
  • Prawns alla busara
  • Brioche and chocolate bread and butter pudding

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 evening session 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.  


What’s included:  

  • A Leiths apron 
  • 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 
  • 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.