Nutrition in Culinary Practice: The Accreditation (Daytime Course)

Learn the key principles of nutrition and cooking for optimal health

Leiths Nutrition in Culinary Practice course in partnership with Jennifer Irvine, founder of Pure Package and delivered by Rita Arora Pharmacist and Nutritional Therapist, is The Nutrition course where you’ll learn all the cooking skills needed, alongside nutritional theory to fuel health for life. Professionals as well home cooks will find this course enlightening and inspirational.


Ready to master nutritional theory and culinary techniques?

Our food choices have never been more important. Nutritious food provides vital fuel to power our health and wellbeing. Among the endless supply of information available, how can you separate nutritional facts from fiction and confidently cook up the best meals for a healthy diet?

Nutrition in Culinary Practice is our professional cookery course, offering a combination of nutritional theory and cooking tuition. In just ten weeks, of one day per week, the course empowers home-cooks with all the information needed and ability to be confident in choices and cookery methods for a lifetime of healthy eating, while those with a professional vision can take the qualification (awarded by Nutritional Therapy Education Commission) onto launch new career paths in the health and wellbeing sector.

On this course taught by highly skilled tutors and nutritionists you will be inspired and guided in how to develop, and practically apply, your love of nutritious food, through their grounded, professional approach. You’ll also find yourself in a class of like-minded food lovers and build a supportive network of student colleagues.

Each session is guided by a nutritional specialist, offering a comprehensive understanding of the nutritional make up and effects of various foods. Our Leiths teachers will lead you through hands-on cooking sessions to put the nutrition theory into culinary practice, whilst never compromising on flavour.

This accredited course offers the opportunity to master the fundamental principles of nutrition that can change the way you approach food forever and gain a repertoire of interesting, great tasting recipes and culinary techniques that can improve the wellbeing of those that you cook for.

This is an incredible opportunity to learn the key principles of nutritious cooking, taught by experienced experts. I'm incredibly proud of the curriculum we've crafted and wish the course had existed when starting my own business.

– Jennifer Irvine, Founder of The Pure Package

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Course Content

The Nutrition in Practice course is a 10-week course which you will attend once a week. Two expert mentors (one professional chef, one nutritionist) will guide you through all the fundamental nutritional theory and practical cooking skills needed to create healthy dishes and bespoke meal plans both at home and in professional environments.

Leiths teachers will assess your progress throughout the course and students will be required to complete a theory and practical assessment at the end of the course to be eligible for the certificate. You can choose not to complete these assessments, but you will not attain the certificate.
You will be assessed by your five day menu plan, a theory exam and a practical cooking exam taken at the end of the course.

Successful students will qualify with a certificate accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission.

Industry Opportunities

Nutrition in Culinary Practice: The Accreditation is ideal for anyone with professional culinary ambitions as well as professional and private chefs wishing to develop a healthier style of cooking, keen and confident home cooks who want to develop a repertoire of nutritionally balanced dishes for themselves or their families. Students gaining the NICP Accreditation will go on to...

• Become a knowledgeable, diverse, and accomplished in cooking for dietary needs

• Develop a healthier style of cooking in a professional environment

• Become a private chef who can evidence an offer for clients that provides the nutritional choices they need

• Work and travel abroad e.g. become a chef in wellness retreats or private villa

• Advise fitness clients on how to eat more healthily in a practical way

• Develop food blogs, explore food journalism, and write cookbooks

• Launch a catering business or cook for private clients

  • Essential knowledge and techniques to create healthy dishes and menus
  • Experiment with new ingredients to diversify your meal planning
  • Develop an impressive repertoire of delicious and flavoursome nutritional recipes
  • Build an understanding of alternative ingredients and techniques to adapt classic recipes to suit dietary requirements
  • Alternative, healthier cooking methods, including fermentation and raw foods
  • An introduction to sous vide cooking, thermomixes and dehydrators.
  • Calculations to determine individual’s nutrient requirements
  • Use of apps to calculate macronutrients as part of your recommended requirements
  • Carbohydrates and how they affect blood sugar levels
  • Essential fats and oils and how to use the ‘better’ oils for the healthiest results
  • Proteins and essential proteins including vegan options and how to get the best flavour using the healthiest cooking methods
  • Vitamins, minerals, herbs and spices and how to maximise their impact on your cooking
  • Allergies, food intolerances and gut health
  • Portion control – how to know how much of each food group to serve
  • Cooking for individuals at different life stages
  • Cooking for individuals with eating disorders
  • Raw food
  • Fermenting and its benefits
  • Food presentation skills and simple but effective food photography
  • Client skills, how to deal with clients practically and in relation to their likes and dislikes

You’ll join hone your technical abilities, preparing you for a more professional cooking environment, or equip you to become an exceptional home cook with a holistic knowledge of nutrition in your approach. You will learn to plan your time in the kitchen and the importance of mise en place (a chef’s term for preparing ahead of service).

Leiths teachers will assess your progress throughout the 10 weeks of the course and students will be required to complete a theory and practical exam at the end of the course to be eligible for the Accreditation. Successful students will leave with a qualification in practical cooking skills, kitchen theory and professional hygiene.

Each week, you will complete homework in preparation for the following session. Typically this will be specified reading, short answer questions and an optional cooking challenge for you to cook for yourself at home and reflect upon. We estimate this may take up to four hours per week.

In addition, you will prepare a five day menu plan for an ‘individual’ with specific nutrition requirements for submission at the end of the course.

In total, we estimate that you will need to allocate up to six hours per week for home study and cooking.

You may be disqualified from the examinations if you have not completed the required 80% of the course.

We realised that there was a definite gap in the market for a programme that would educate students about nutrition in a theoretical and practical way. Not only professionals but keen amateur cooks will find this course enlightening and inspirational.

– Camilla Schneideman, Managing Director of Leiths


Uniform and Equipment

Any cooking equipment required will be provided for you. We advise you to wear loose fitting clothes and solid shoes for cooking (no heels or open toed shoes please).

You may wish to bring a notepad and pen to take notes in theory sessions.

Allergies and Intolerance

You will be required to cook with meat and fish on this professional course.

We are happy to make adjustments where possible. Please see our allergy and dietary restrictions advice here.

How the days work

Your cooking sessions will take place in the mornings and you will enjoy eating what you have cooked for lunch. Theory sessions take place in the afternoons led by the Nutritional Therapist. There may also be food to take home on some days.


You will do some course work at home, putting together a five day menu plan. If you can allow an equal amount of time for this as the time you spend in class, you will get the most out of this rewarding course.


£3,830 (£400 deposit)

Before enrolling, we highly recommend that you book an initial chat with one of our friendly tutors. Due to the current situation we are currently offering 1:1’s by phone and video. You’ll have an opportunity to talk about yourself, what you are hoping to achieve and we can discuss our courses and their suitability for you. We can of course talk you through our current social distancing and health and safety policies and explain what to expect in the new academic year as well as answer any questions that you may have. You should allow up to half an hour for the appointment.

Places are offered on a first come, first served basis.

To secure a place on this course a deposit of £400 is payable as well as your agreement to the terms and conditions, which you can read here. Your signed enrolment form should be sent to:


Leiths School of Food & Wine,
16-20 Wendell Road, London,
W12 9RT, UK

or E-mail:

All remaining professional courses fees will be due at least six weeks before the course start date.

Please note: Payments for professional courses must be made by either bank transfer, cheque or a debit/credit card payment. We do not accept American Express.


Credit for this course is available (exclusions apply).

Lendwise is a specialist loan provider dedicated to education finance, allowing you to pursue your culinary aspirations. Repayments would be at a fixed interest rate throughout your loan term, personalised to your profile. There are no fees or penalties for early repayment of your loan.

Contact Lendwise to apply directly. Be sure to read the terms before committing. Please note that other sources of funding may be available.

Leiths School of Food and Wine is located over four floors of a light and airy space on a residential street between Shepherd's Bush and Chiswick in West London.

The school comprises four kitchens, three of which are used for the full time students while the fourth is used for recipe development, corporate team building, one day workshops, photography and filming.

The kitchens are all air conditioned and equipped with gas ovens and hobs of the same design and high standard employed by most professional restaurants and catering kitchens, giving students access to all the equipment needed to learn to cook professionally.

The demonstration kitchen on the ground floor is fitted with LCD screens and cameras enabling students to see the close up details of each step of the dishes and techniques demonstrated by the teachers and outside lecturers.

Students have access to a library of cookery books and magazines for reference, a student dining room, changing facilities and WiFi. There are computers at their disposal.

Course Details

We offer Nutrition in Culinary Practice in school and online, so you can achieve your culinary ambitions in a way which suits your schedule and lifestyle:

Nutrition in Culinary Practice: The Accreditation; Daytime Course: A daytime course which runs once a week over ten weeks

Nutrition in Culinary Practice: The Accreditation; Online Course: Our flexible, 20 week online course which involves approximately 3-4 hours of cooking and/or study time per week.

No matter which format you choose, on completion of the course you have the opportunity to gain your Nutrition in Culinary Practice Certificate externally accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC). On the daytime course you will also obtain a full Leiths Accreditation. Online course students will have the opportunity to enrol for the full NTEC accreditation by attending a one day course at the school. You will get the opportunity to cook in a professional kitchen, sit your NTEC assessment and have feedback on your five day plan from Jennifer Irvine, founder of The Pure Package, and the nutritionist leading the course.

If you would like to talk to us about a place on the Nutrition in Culinary Practice course please email us at to arrange a chat with one of our experienced and approachable tutors, or call 020 8749 6400.

Here is a summary of our full Covid-19 Health & Safety Plans, with all the key points and information you need for a safe return to our kitchens. We will be updating our procedures as necessary.

Prices & Booking

Nutrition in Culinary Practice: The Accreditation (Daytime Course)
Daytime Course

£3,830 (£400.00 deposit)

Fri 12 Jan 2024 - Fri 22 Mar 2024     PLACES AVAILABLE

  • Fri 12 Jan 2024 10.00-16.00
  • Fri 19 Jan 2024 10.00-16.00
  • Fri 26 Jan 2024 10.00-16.00
  • Fri 2 Feb 2024 10.00-16.00
  • Fri 9 Feb 2024 10.00-16.00
  • Fri 23 Feb 2024 10.00-16.00
  • Fri 1 Mar 2024 10.00-16.00
  • Fri 8 Mar 2024 10.00-16.00
  • Fri 15 Mar 2024 10.00-16.00
  • Fri 22 Mar 2024 10.00-16.00

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