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Knife Skills – Butchery – Weekend

Sharpen your knife skills and gain insight into the art of butchery

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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

No Certification

No certificate of completion



Being able to butcher your own meat is the mark of a truly good chef. It is a skilled and respected craft that once learned can open up freedom and creativity in your meat cookery.  

On this class, you will learn about many different cuts of meat and will gain hands-on experience in butterflying a leg of lamb, boning and stuffing a ballotine of chicken and even creating a porchetta from pork belly. You will also learn the invaluable skill of how to select, handle, maintain and use knives correctly. You’ll go home with a new set of skills and recipes and plenty of prepared joints of meat to share 


  • Boned stuffed chicken 
  • Belly pork porchetta
  • Harissa butterflied leg of lamb

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 
  •  A cool bag to transport your cuts of meat home (optional) 


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.