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The Flexible Vegetarian with Jo Pratt – Weekday

Explore your options with Jo Pratt and learn to cook some tasty flexible dishes to cook with or without meat

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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

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In this ingenious, hands-on cookery class, you’ll learn to make a series of quick, delicious, protein-packed veggie dishes which you can enjoy with or without meat. 

From the inspiring recipes of Yotam Ottolenghi, to new restaurants such as Bubala and Gauthier, we’re all starting to realise that vegetables can take a starring role in our diets, even if we eat a little meat and fish too. 

Jo Pratt has taken this trend and served up a new way to eat through her book The Flexible Vegetarian. Working under Jo’s guidance, you’ll sample international flavours from Malaysian squash and courgette rendang to an Asian slaw with tofu, miso and ginger dressing, learning how to ace a handful of ingenious recipes, adding meat or fish to dishes only when you want to. 

Whether you’re an occasional meat-eater, a vegetarian who needs to cook for meat-eaters, or a dedicated veggie, these beautiful and tasty dishes will become your midweek staples, suitable for meat-free days and meat-eaters alike. 


  • Roast Cajun mushrooms and bean salad with a creamy cashew and lime dressing 
  • Asian slaw with tofu, miso and ginger dressing 
  • Malaysian squash and courgette rendang 
  • Sweet carrot and harissa hummus 


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. Regardless, 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 
  • Lunch of your own making or sharing platters prepared by the school, with wines or other refreshments 
  • 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 require 10 days’ notice to check requests are possible and adjust our ordering.  Please read our full policy on allergies and dietary restrictions here. 

Your Teacher

Jo Pratt

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Jo Pratt is an acclaimed writer, cook, food stylist and presenter. She is a bestselling author of six cookbooks, including In the Mood for Food, Madhouse Cookbook and most recently The Flexible Cook series.  

When she’s not writing books, you’ll find Jo presenting recipes online, on TV, in food magazines and on stage performing live cookery demonstrations and workshops/cookery classes.  

To top it all off, she’s recently taken an exciting move into the restaurant world by collaborating with three female chefs, Sophie Michell, Gee Charman and Caroline Artiss to launch The Gorgeous Kitchen. 

She is known for her fresh, healthy, and easy food with vibrancy and a certain joie de vivre.