Become a Patisserie Pro at Home

Learn to create perfect pastries, beautiful baked goods and show-stopping sweet treats with Leiths’ 12-week Introduction to Patisserie online course & certificate.

Bring Patisserie Prowess to your Kitchen

About the Leiths Introduction to Patisserie course:

Let one of Britain’s most reputable cooking schools into your kitchen and learn professional patisserie skills that will last a lifetime.

You’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to create adventurous dishes with personal flair, exploring an exciting range of pastries, cakes and confectionery with our expert chef mentors and Workshop’s unique hands-on learning app.

From fundamental skills and theory to professional techniques and classic recipes, the course will teach you:

  • Sweet and savoury pastries, meringues and cakes
  • Baking techniques and cooking with chocolate and caramel
  • Fillings, icings, creams, piping, and glazing
  • Time planning and presentation skills

Is this course for me?

Introduction to Patisserie is ideal for ambitious home cooks and keen bakers who can nail a banana bread but now wish to up their abilities and repertoire.

It will also suit previous students of our Essential Cooking or Chef Skills courses who are now ready to advance and refine their patisserie proficiency.

Summary

  • 12-week, hands-on course
  • Flexibility to learn when you want
  • Learn new recipes & techniques every week
  • Mentored throughout by expert Leiths chefs
  • Industry-leading Workshop learning app
  • Learn alongside a community of fellow students
  • Only £895

Class sizes are limited and they fill up fast, so don’t miss out on your preferred dates!

Learn Patisserie from the Experts

You’ll learn a wide range of professional patisserie techniques and skills from Leiths’ expert chefs, including pastry work – choux, shortcrust and pâte sucrée – cake preparation and decoration techniques.

Throughout the course, you’ll be creating show-stopping desserts, marvellous meringues, tantalising tarts and petits fours to impress.  You will conquer macarons with passion fruit ganache, individual tartes au citron and a classic brownie with a salted caramel twist. 

By mastering timeless methods, you will be armed with the confidence to adapt and add your own personal style to bold recipes and be able to identify and navigate your way through any problems which may occur during patisserie preparation.

To cover all the skills and recipes in 12 weeks, the course will run at a professional pace with 4-6hrs of cooking each week. You’ll be making a large quantity of treats – so be ready to share your creations with your friends and neighbours!

Earn a Leiths-approved Certificate of Completion

Get your Leiths-approved Certificate of Completion.

Learning Patisserie the Workshop Way

The Workshop app is based on some simple science; by making learning an enjoyable experience, you’ll actually learn better.

With step-by-step video-guided lessons, an expert mentor giving real feedback and a small class of fellow students to learn alongside, the Workshop method is proven to help you get the most out of each course (whilst also being fun!).

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

Introduction to Patisserie
Course Summary:

  • 12-week, hands-on course
  • Flexibility to learn when you want
  • Learn new recipes & techniques every week
  • Mentored throughout by expert Leiths chefs
  • Industry-leading Workshop learning app
  • Learn alongside a community of fellow students
  • Just £895

Don’t miss out on course dates this spring or summer!

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

Introduction to Patisserie: 12-Week Online Course

This 12-week course will teach you patisserie proficiency, guiding you through timeless techniques and methods that every baker and pastry chef worth their salt will intuitively employ in a modern 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 pastries through to truffles. 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:

  • 12 units, unlocked weekly, guiding you through ~4-6 hours of cooking time each week
  • 34 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 Certificate of Completion when you finish the course

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 course finishes

Average cooking time: 4-6 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 your course, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion. However, the real proof is in the pudding! You will have built up hands-on practical cookery skills that will last you a lifetime.

Don’t run out of eggs!

Every week, you’ll cover a different skill and require a variety of ingredients. Ensure you’re ready to go by planning well ahead, and use our handy equipment and ingredients lists (sent to students when they enrol) for each unit.

This course has been carefully written to provide both practical and theoretical understanding of all areas of patisserie. The structure of the sessions will encourage repetition, bringing together multiple elements to refine and develop your skills.

With a host of exciting new recipes, you will be able to challenge your technical ability. Be prepared for 12 weeks of incredible sweet treats and a fully immersive cooking experience alongside expert mentoring.

 

  • Unit 1: Shortcrust Pastry

  • Unit 2: Choux Pastry

  • Unit 3: Toppings, Garnishes and Caramel

  • Unit 4: Cake Making

  • Unit 5: Baking

  • Unit 6: Biscuits

  • Unit 7: Meringues

  • Unit 8: Sweet Pastries and Fillings

  • Unit 9 Gelatine

  • Unit 10: Petit Fours

  • Unit 11: Genoise

  • Unit 12: Breakfast Pastries

Leiths School of Food and Wine, on Workshop

Leiths School of Food and Wine is unquestionably the top cookery school in Britain. Hundreds of career cooks have trained in Leiths’ renowned kitchens in West London since 1975, and they’re now transforming your home into their classroom.

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.

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“Leiths is the Oxbridge of the Food World.”

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

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Book your start date

Only £895

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to complete sessions at specific times?

Your class will be moving forward at a pace of 1 unit per week. However, after each unit is unlocked, you have the freedom to complete each session entirely at your own pace. You can also schedule your sessions for times that suit your lifestyle.

This course has been carefully designed to embrace the advantages of real-world, in-person learning experiences but in the comfort of your own kitchen. You will be taken through the subject matter week by week to give you the chance to digest what you’ve learnt whilst progressing at a steady pace alongside your classmates. Unlike a real-world course though, you will also have the opportunity to revisit sessions and practice whenever and wherever you like!

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 your course dashboard 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 together, encouraging you all to cook the same dishes in 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 Workshop’s ground-breaking step-by-step video format, you can sign up for a taster session for most of Leiths courses, including Introduction to Patisserie. On the course webpage, navigate to the full curriculum information tabs and select “Try a Free Session”. You will be sent email instructions for how to download the app and the taster session.

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 around 4-6 hours per week - depending on the recipe (and the student!).

Some recipes may take up to a day to complete when we take into account things like cooling, setting etc. Preparation is key!

Please be mindful to read through recipes and timeplans thoroughly as some recipes will require advanced preparation and setting time. And always make sure you have given yourself enough time and think about weighing up and cleaning down when planning your cooking sessions.

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

Yes, you can find an equipment list in the course curriculum, which can be downloaded on the course web page. We’ll send you a full equipment list and a list of good suppliers after you have purchased the course too. Make sure to keep an eye on your emails (including your spam folder) for this!

How long will I have access to the course?

You’ll have access to your course dashboard for a total time of 9 months after your start date.

Units (including video sessions and supporting materials) will become available week by week as your class progresses through the course.

How do I get my Certificate of Completion?

There is no assessment at the end of your course. Instead, you will be required to upload photographs of your creations after you have completed each session (regardless of the quality of the physical outcome).

Once you have uploaded a photo for every session on the course, your mentor will confirm that you have completed the course and you will be awarded your certificate. This will be emailed to you by Workshop and attached as a PDF for you to print off at home.

*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.