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The Leiths Diaries: One year on

Leiths School of Food and Wine

This is a post in The Leiths Diaries series. Read more here. I’ve been thinking about doing this post for a little over a year now. Mostly because life has gotten in the way. But also it seemed a bit more tidy to round the series of Leiths posts off with an after-the-fact summary. Rather…

The Leiths Diaries: The Wine Lectures

Food and wine matching at Leiths School of Food and Wine

This is a post in The Leiths Diaries series. Read more here. Before I started the Leiths course, I wrote about wanting to learn much more about wines. I wanted to be able to understand and write eloquently about its history, culture, production, economics, politics and more. That was probably a little over-enthusiastic. After all, the course…

The Leiths Diaries: External speakers

Cheeses with Tom Badcock at Leiths

This is a post in The Leiths Diaries series. Read more here. The external speaker is one of the key components of the Leiths Diploma. It’s not that any of the contents go towards the Diploma – nothing you learn in these lectures are tested in the exams. Rather, it helps to give a more…

The Leiths Diaries: What I’ve learnt so far

Knife skills at Leiths

This is a post in The Leiths Diaries series. Read more here. In January I started the Two Term Diploma at Leiths School of Food and Wine. It seems that after 12 years at school, three years at university and six months training to be a journalist, I was back to where I started: at school….

The Leiths Diaries: Cooking for 50

Empty plate with knife and fork

This is a post in The Leiths Diaries series. Read more here. Cooking for 50 is not something you want to think about let alone do in the first three weeks of a cheffing course. But there’s nothing quite like being thrown in at the deep end to acclimatise. Within a week of starting at Leiths, we…

The Leiths Diaries: Skills week

Sauternes with mince pie and cheese

This is a post in The Leiths Diaries series. Read more here. The first week of the Two Term Diploma is skills week. It’s a chance for the new recruits to get a taste of what went on in the first term, familiarise themselves with the kitchen, navigate working with others in limited space and…

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