Explore Leiths Diploma Open House – 5th June 2024


Knife Skills – Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs – Weekend

Master essential knife skills for fruits, vegetables and herbs and become more proficient in your cooking


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


Best suited for people with little or no culinary experience


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Learn to chop, dice and chiffonade like a pro on this bestselling knife skills class. Being able to select, maintain and use knives is the mark of a good cook and can save you lots of time in the kitchen.

This one-day class teaches you how to prepare different fruit, vegetables and herbs with ease and precision for different styles of dishes through a series of delicious recipes made with fresh, high-quality produce. Learn all the classic skills you need for kitchen confidence, from the correct way to slice and dice an onion to advanced techniques like julienne and brunoise.



  • Butternut squash with ginger and tomatoes with lime yoghurt
  • Sweet dill slaw


  • Fennel salad with blood orange, watercress and black olives
  • Avocado fattoush with za’atar crisps


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.