Learn from the pros and impress your mates with your new culinary skills.
Want to make a Thai curry like a pro? Ready to master the art of the cheese soufflé? Then you need to check out these cooking classes in Leeds. Whether you’re a total beginner or die hard foodie, you can learn something new and take your cooking to new heights. And the best bit? After every session, you can feast on the fruits of your labours – there’s nothing more satisfying than that!
Leeds Cookery School
Leeds Cookery School covers all bases with chef-led cookery classes and courses for all levels. Whether you go for a six-week baking course or a two-hour pasta-making masterclass, you’ll get expert guidance throughout. Their well-known chefs include Masterchef’s Anthony O’Shaughnessy and Head of the Cookery School, Simon Chappelow, so you can learn first-hand from people who’ve been in the industry for years. All you need to do is turn up and follow their directions, as their bespoke training kitchen has everything you need.
Leeds Cookery School, The Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, Leeds LS9 6NL. Classes start from £75.
This is your chance to take a cooking class at one of the best Thai restaurants in Leeds. Chaophraya is known for its traditional dishes and their two-hour cookery sessions will help you make them at home. After a fruit punch on arrival, you’ll watch a short demonstration by one of their chefs, before popping your apron on and making two dishes yourself. You’ll get to grips with Thai cooking techniques and finish off with a tasting session. The dishes you create will be decided on the day and they’ll tell you exactly where you can get the ingredients.
Chaophraya, 20A, Blayds Court, Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG. Classes are £69.
Run by passionate foodie Emily Carey, Get Cooking is a laid-back culinary school that offers some of the best cooking classes in Leeds. Their informative sessions cover every cuisine going and encourage you to be more adventurous with your home cooking. You can take your pick from Mediterranean, South Asian and Latin American-inspired classes. Whichever you go for, you’ll make three hearty meals in one half-day workshop. Everyone gets their own worktop space, so you can spread out as you follow Emily’s demonstrations to make a delicious feast.
Get Cooking, 43a Springfield Mill Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LY. Classes start from £55.
If you want a venue that offers cooking lessons suited to all ages, Junior Kitchen has you covered. Their classes are favourites with local schools in Leeds, but families can head down on a weekend to get stuck into cupcake or pizza workshops too. If you’re after an all-adult experience, try their Cook ’n’ Dine sessions, which will see you prepare a three-course meal under the guidance of their chefs, before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your labours. For something more competitive, go for the Bake Off Competition where you race against the clock in a bid to win star baker.
Junior Kitchen, 1d Albion Street, Morley, Leeds, West. Yorkshire, LS27 8DT. Classes start from £20.
Ready Steady Bake It
Fan of The Great British Bake Off? Think you’re a star baker? Put your baking skills to the test at Ready Steady Bake It, where you and a pal can race against the clock to create a bake together in 90 minutes. Each month has a different theme, so you could be creating anything from a hilarious muppet cake to a spectacular gingerbread house. Once you’ve baked and decorated your masterpiece, a judge will pick a winner, Paul and Prue style. Whether you’ve won or not, you still get to take your bake home and devour it, so everyone’s a winner really!
Ready, Steady, Bake It, 8 St Paul’s Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2LE. It’s two people per workstation, from £35 per person.