Cook School

Looking to get accredited hospitality qualifications? Keen to try your hand at a new cuisine? Our Flavour and Haver Community Cook School set in the heart of Leith is the perfect place for you!

Opened by Prue Leith in 2018, our purpose-built industrial-kitchen is a welcoming space providing  learning opportunities and something to eat, and someone to eat with.

Our cook school is home to Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) accredited training for budding chefs and people looking to enter the hospitality and care sector, with the flexibility to train online, in-person or within your locality. By choosing to complete your training at our cook school you’ll be helping to support individuals from low income areas access further training too.

Please note that the following courses are not free to access however you can apply for funding via the Individual Training Account (ITA) via My World of Work.

Elementary Food Hygiene and Elementary Cooking Skills courses

  • Elementary Food Hygiene provides the basic knowledge and understanding of food hygiene, the effects of poor standards and prevention measures, and the legal aspects in Scotland (£65 per person).
  • Elementary Cooking Skills provides participants with the basic cooking skills to increase confidence and knowledge in food cooking, preparation and presentation. This also includes aspects of food safety and hygiene (£200 per person).

Both these courses are in-person with the option to do the Elementary Food Hygiene course online. The Food Hygiene course can only be booked in-person, if you do a group booking. Please get in touch using the form below or call us on 0131 554 3900.

Elementary Food Hygiene (online) 

6 hours of self-directed learning online with telephone, email and/or Zoom support available as needed from our REHIS accredited trainer. This is followed by a short multiple-choice exam conducted either in person or remotely via Zoom. 

This course is available throughout the year at a date and time suitable to you. 

Good Food Good Health

Our comprehensive Good Food Good Health course is a unique training programme exclusive to Cyrenians, empowering individuals and organisations to implement and sustain their own cooking class programmes, supporting their clients to learn valuable independent living skills.

This Joint Award by REHIS and Cyrenians, brings together a wealth of experience and expertise focused on food and health. This course trains the trainers in the theory and practice, whilst delivering a full programme of cooking classes to clients from the participant's organisation.

A pre-requisite of the course is that participants hold a REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene certificate.

This is a blended learning course with 4 online modules of self-directed learning supported with printed resources and activity sheets followed by 6 weeks’ of practical in-person cooking classes to develop confidence and hands-on experience. 

Over the six weeks we support you every step of the way, provide all the ingredients required and work with you to consider how best to deliver sessions around your clients’ needs, whilst also gaining the practical experience and confidence to lead classes in the future.

What an enlightening course. As a parent I learned things perhaps I should have known, such as salt and sugar consumption. The weekly meal planner was an eye opener, the training brought it to life and made it relevant. I honestly think all parents/professionals should be given the opportunity to attend this training.

We strongly recommend 2 members of staff or volunteers enrol on the course at the same time to ensure a successful and sustainable delivery in the future. Prices start from £500 per person with reduced rates for group bookings (ideally 4 or 8 people).

To arrange training, or find out more about our courses and group bookings please get in touch with us using the form below or call 0131 554 3900.

Masterclasses and Supper Clubs

Throughout the year, we also offer unique masterclasses and Syrian supper clubs that provide you and your guests with the chance to learn from the best. There’s something for everyone, so why not check out our events calendar now to book your place and taste the world without leaving Leith. You can also visit our shop and gift a place to a loved one! 

Private Bookings and Catering

If you’re looking to enjoy a fun work night out or team building exercise, private masterclasses and supper clubs to groups and organisations are available. Contact us using the form below to find out more.

If you would like us to provide catering for an event you are hosting, our social enterprise catering service Nourish might be for you.

The Feel Good Factor

Attending our events, buying a gift card, or recommending us to a friend all contributes to our work tackling the causes and consequences of homelessness.

When our industrial scale kitchen isn’t hosting a culinary masterclass or a supper club, we offer free educational courses to those facing food insecurity, supporting the learning of basic cookery skills, nutrition and budgeting. 

This is all made possible thanks to your support.

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