Master the Essential Skills of Professional Cooking, At Home

Learn the essential skills and techniques that will lead to a lifetime of restaurant-quality cooking, with Leiths’ 24-week Professional Online Cooking Course and Certificate.


Leiths School of Food and Wine has “seen oodles of students start up their own businesses or work in Michelin-starred restaurants.”

– The Independent

Looking for World-Class Cookery Training?

As an aspiring cook, you’re probably quite comfortable in the kitchen, and feel confident cooking your favourite crowd-pleasing dishes.

However, as someone who is continuously inspired by food, you’d love to take your skills just that little bit further. Learning to cook with an attention to detail, perfectly balanced flavours and a precise technique is near impossible to accomplish alone.

Unfortunately, not everyone can attend their dream cookery school. With work, family 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?

Leiths School of Food and Wine is the most prestigious and respected cookery school in Britain. Having provided professional training for hundreds of career cooks from their kitchens in London, they are now bringing their expert teaching directly to your home

Learn from the Finest Teachers in Your Own Home

Learn a vast variety of professional cooking skills, techniques and practices from the world-renowned Leiths School of Food and Wine

Access your step-by-step, video guided cooking sessions anywhere on mobile, tablet or on the web

Learn alongside a class of likeminded aspiring cooks and receive real feedback on your cooking sessions from your dedicated class mentor

Get your Leiths-approved Certificate of Completion, and earn the opportunity to come to London to receive full accreditation

Essential Cooking: 24-Week Professional Online Course

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.

Each week, you will unlock a new batch of video-based sessions that take you step-by-step through the process of cooking everything from choux pastry to shellfish. With Workshop’s 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 the Workshop 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 (12 months total access)
  • The opportunity to earn the full Leiths-accredited Essential Cooking Certificate at an additional two-day practical assessment in London

Average cooking time: 3 hours per week

  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. 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.
  3. After each session, you will be asked to upload photos of your creations for discussion and feedback from your classmates and mentor.
  4. 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.


To receive your Certificate of Completion, you can undertake a 3-part assessment covering skills you have learnt during the course.

If you are opting for the full Leiths Essential Certificate, your mentor will review your progress to determine whether you’re ready for the practical two-day exam taking place at the school in London. This accreditation comes at an additional cost of £600, and provides the same certification as the £3,330 Essential Cooking Certificate: Daytime Course offered in-person at Leiths School of Food and Wine.

  1. Stock Making & Knife Skills
  2. Eggs: Emulsifying and Cooking
  3. Shortcrust Pastry
  4. Vegetable Cooking
  5. Pan Frying: Meat and Pan Sauces
  6. Meringues & Sugar Syrup
  7. Fish: Preparing & Cooking
  8. Choux Pastry and Creme Patisserie
  9. Shellfish: Crustaceans and Molluscs
  10. Time Planning & Roasting
  11. Pasta
  12. Bread
  13. Stewing & Slow Cooking
  14. Whisked Cakes and Rubbed-in Cake
  15. Creamed Cakes and Melted Cakes
  16. Caramel, Custard & Ice-Cream
  17. Gelatine
  18. Jointing Chicken
  19. Butchery and Meat Cooking
  20. Brunch
  21. Baking for Dietary Requirements
  22. Dinner Parties
  23. Presentation and Food Styling
  24. Assessment

“I’ve absolutely loved doing the Leiths online course. As I work full time in a hospital the online course was perfect as it meant I could fit the modules around my busy working week. I’ve learned loads of skills about the fundamentals of cooking which I can use to improve my home cooking and also to develop recipes for my patients through my work as a dietitian.

Being part of an online tutorial group means you still get the social aspect of chatting to others about the food you’re making and giving each other tips etc. My highlight was most definitely the baking for dietary requirements week – we got taught how to make the best vegan chocolate cake!”

Christina, completed in May 2019

“Thank you for such a brilliant idea! I have learnt so much as many of these simple but basic essential cooking techniques that were a mystery to me have been revealed by doing this course. I am now looking forward to cooking up a storm and enjoying delicious meals with family and friends for many more years! After all, food is a major part of our survival and everyone should have the opportunity to learn these basic skills.”

Adele, completed in May 2019

“I have always wanted to do a professional Leiths course but living in the North of England it has never been logistically possible. I was thrilled to discover the Leiths online course via Workshop and have thoroughly enjoyed the past 6 months.

The videos are easy to follow with clear instruction and have covered a great culinary repertoire including everything from filleting fish and knife skills through to making bread and the perfect meringues. I have definitely learnt new skills and techniques and some of the recipes have also become family favourites! I look forward to continuing my culinary journey…”

Emily, completed in June 2019

Leiths School of Food and Wine, on Workshop

Leiths School of Food and Wine has been equipping aspiring cooks with the skills to flourish in the food world since 1975.

With a philosophy grounded in teaching the individual within a close and collaborative community, they have put immense efforts into ensuring that their online course reflects their core values.

With Workshop’s unique learning experience, they are now able to teach hands-on cooking skills to people in their own homes, providing in-depth feedback and a close community network just as they do at their school in London.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to complete sessions at specific times?

You can complete the course completely at your own pace. Although your class will be moving forward at a pace of 1 unit per week, you will have the ability to schedule your sessions for any time after they are unlocked.

What if I miss a week?

There’s no need to worry if you have a holiday booked or have to miss a week or two during the course. You’ll have access to all course sessions for a total of 12 months from your start date, and so you’ll have plenty of time to catch up if you need to.

How will I interact with my class?

Shortly before your course start date, you will be invited to introduce yourself to the rest of your class via messaging on the Workshop app.

Each week, your class will unlock a new unit prompting you all to cook the same dishes within the same week. At the end of every session, you will be asked to upload a photo of your dish, which your class and mentor will be able to view, like and provide feedback on.

Can I try before I buy?

If you would like a taster of the step-by-step online video format, we recommend you try the Leiths workshop “Mastering Sauces: Hollandaise”, which you can access for £9.99 here.

This simple workshop is representative of the way in which you will complete cooking sessions on the course.

How much contact will I get with my mentor?

You can contact your mentor directly through the app at any time, and will receive a response within 48 hours. Your mentor will also be able to grade and comment on your photo uploads with any feedback they may have.

When will I get to meet my class?

You’ll be able to log into the Workshop app and access your class group discussion shortly before your start date so that you can chat away and get acquainted!

What is the typical workload per week of the course?

With 1-5 practical sessions to complete each week, you can typically expect to be cooking for a combined total of about 3 hours a week.

Will I get a list of all the cooking equipment I’ll need for the course ahead of time?

Yes, we’ll send you a full equipment list after you have purchased the course.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you book your place over 30 days before your course start date, you can cancel your booking and claim a full refund within 30 days of your purchase.

If you book your place within 30 days of the course start date, you can claim a full refund within 14 days of your purchase.

How long will I have access to the course?

You’ll have access to all course materials for a total time of 12 months after your start date.

How does the assessment work?

Your Certificate of Completion will be awarded if you pass a 3-part assessment at the end of the course.

This assessment will challenge you to replicate skills you have learnt throughout the course with minimal assistance. You will be asked to upload photos at different stages of the process and your mentor will grade and give feedback on completion.

Can I earn the full Leiths Essential Certificate through this course?

This course can directly award you with a Certificate of Completion, but it is also possible to earn the full Leiths Essential Certificate with the skills you learn in this course.

At the end of the course, your mentor will review your progress to determine whether you’re ready for a practical two-day exam taking place at the school in London. This accreditation comes at an additional cost of £600, and provides the same certification as the £3,330 Essential Cooking Certificate: Daytime Course offered in-person at Leiths School of Food and Wine.

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For full accreditation, you can attend an optional two-day assessment in London for an additional £600.

If you have any questions, please call (+44) 208 749 6400 or email [email protected].