Leiths Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine

​We are delighted to offer our Sixth Form girls the Leiths Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine. One of the world’s most prestigious cookery schools, it was founded by Prue Leith and Caroline Waldegrave in 1995 and is now owned by Lady Jennie Bland and Lady Caroline Waldegrave.

This five-term course is perfect for either the keen amateur or the potential food professional, equipping girls with skills for life.

By the end of the course, girls are proficient in both family and party cooking, have learnt how to interpret recipes, as well as practice time-management and organisation. Cooking will become a pleasure, not a chore, and for those who want to become a professional chef Leiths is an excellent springboard.

By successfully completing the course, girls are added to ‘Leiths List’ which gives access to exclusive gap year or holiday work. 

The course is taught through a 2.5-hour practical and a 1-hour preparation lesson per week. Girls learn a range of techniques from knife skills and meat*, fish and vegetable preparation to making classic sauces, bread, ice cream and patisserie.

In addition, girls learn how to pair wine with food, how wine is made and how to interpret the information on the bottle with a Certified WSET ® Educator for Wine. Girls also complete the Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate.

This sought-after course is ideal for those who are genuinely interested in improving their culinary skills and requires a very high level of commitment.

Why is Leiths right for you?

However far you want to take your cooking proficiency, Leiths provides the best possible opportunity and it will also:

  • Prepare you for independent living at university or when you leave home
  • Equip you with transferable skills such as time-management, working under pressure and organisation
  • Help increase your UCAS points
  • Open the door to multiple job opportunities around the world

*Please note if you are vegetarian, you need to think carefully about embarking on the course as meat and fish are handled.

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