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Essential Cooking Certificate: Online

Learn fundamental and timeless techniques needed for a lifetime of culinary confidence with our part-time, accredited Essential Cooking Certificate online.


Elevate your skills to new heights in this professional course


Best suited for people with little or no culinary experience


Earn a certificate of completion and the opportunity for full accreditation


Not everyone can attend their dream cookery school, with work, commitments and travel to consider, it can sometimes feel like a never-ending wait for the perfect opportunity to arise. But what if your dream cookery school could come to you?

This 24-week course will guide you through all the fundamental cooking skills, techniques and practices that every cook needs to thrive in a modern professional kitchen, covering the same skills taught on the in-person course at Leiths in London.

Each week, a new batch of video-based sessions is unlocked that take you step-by-step through the process of cooking everything from choux pastry to shellfish. With a unique hands-on method of learning, you’ll be cooking from day one with no need to read pages of theory in advance.

By joining the course, you will have access to the following through an app:

  • 24 units, unlocked weekly, guiding you through 3 hours of cooking time each week
  • 54 individual cooking sessions
  • Expert guidance and one-to-one support from your class mentor
  • Collaborative group chat with your own private class and mentor
  • Feedback on your dishes from your class and mentor via a private in-app feed of photo uploads
  • A final assessment to earn your course Certificate of Completion

In addition to the core aspects of the course, you will also get:

  • Downloadable Leiths recipes and theory notes for you to keep
  • Access to all video sessions for an additional 6 months after your assessment
  • The opportunity to earn the full Leiths-accredited Essential Cooking Certificate at an additional two-day practical assessment in London


The Essential Cooking Certificate is suitable for confident home-cooks wanting to build a thorough cooking skillset or for budding professionals wanting to gain accredited training.

Course Structure

  1. At the start of each week, you will be prompted to schedule 1-5 practical sessions and to gather all the kit you’ll need to start cooking.
  2. The average cooking time is 3 hours per week.
  3. In every session, you will follow a Leiths teacher through a series of step-by-step videos in your own kitchen, learning directly through your experience.
  4. After each session, you will be asked to upload photos of your creations for discussion and feedback from your classmates and mentor.
  5. At the end of the course, you can take a final assessment to earn your Certificate of Completion. To earn the full Leiths-accredited Essential Cooking Certificate, you can take an in-person assessment in London for an additional fee.


You can attain the industry respected full Leiths Essential Certificate through this course, your mentor will review your progress to determine whether you’re ready for the practical two-day exam which takes place at the school in London. The assessment details can be viewed here – Online Essential Two Day Assessment.

Career Support

Leiths has an unrivalled reputation in the food industry for producing highly-skilled, innovative graduates that go on to be the next leaders of the food world.

The past decade has seen an explosion in the varied career opportunities available within food, from private cheffing and hospitality, to recipe developing, media and food start-ups and entrepreneurship. Whatever your aspirations, the Leiths’ professional courses equip you with the lifetime skills, resources, network and solutions needed to kickstart your career.

Leiths List

Our professional students all benefit from our bespoke careers and recruitment agency Leiths List, drawing on Leiths network of alumni and industry connections to provide work experience, job placements and advice from some of the UK’s leading food businesses. Students have access to this support from the point that they begin their course well into their professional careers.

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