Leiths is one of the world’s most prestigious cookery schools. The course at Malvern St James is designed for the interested amateur and the potential professional.
You become proficient in family and party cooking; you learn to understand recipes, plan time efficiently and cook with relaxed confidence. Sample recipes include: baked stuffed chicken breasts with sun-dried tomatoes, moules marinières, goujons with tartare sauce, homemade pasta with tomato and basil sauce and homemade ice creams.
Students attain a Level Two Food Hygiene Certificate as part of the course. You are provided with a Leiths Cookery Bible, a set of high-quality professional knives and your very own chef’s white jacket with checked trousers. Some sessions are delivered by visiting Leiths specialists. A Master of Wine gives a two-hour wine and food talk, including the chance to taste carefully selected wines. An initial deposit is required to reserve a place on this course and there are three further termly charges. This is far more cost-effective, however, than obtaining the qualification at Leiths in London.
Menu planning, regular tests, assessed time plans and food cooked in class.
Two Formal Examinations in the Spring Term of Year 13:
Sound basic knowledge and understanding of cooking methods and terminology.
You are marked on both the method of preparation and the eventual taste and presentation of the dishes.
In order to be eligible for a final certificate, you must achieve a practical mark in excess of 60%, a theory mark in excess of 60%, a continual assessment mark in excess of 60%, a good attendance record and a Food Hygiene Certificate.
If you are thinking of taking a gap year, then this is certainly the course for you. It is invaluable if you are planning any of the following: a ski season as a chalet host; a summer job working in a villa as an amateur cook; taking on an ‘au pair’ role; working for a catering company. Even if you are not thinking of any of the above, it is so useful to improve your cookery skills, in preparation for life after School. You will be a very popular room-mate at university if you can offer a roast lunch on Sundays!
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