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Whether you’re a beginner or a kitchen pro, there’s something for everyone at Leeds Cookery School - we’ve got over 30 classes that range from hour-long sessions to whole-day courses, all taught by trained chefs.

Aims and ethos

Leeds Cookery School is a social enterprise and trading subsidiary of Zest-Health for Life, a Leeds charity.

The cookery school’s aims as a business are:

  • to provide top quality cookery classes using fresh, sustainable and where possible locally sourced ingredients
  • to operate to the highest standards of food hygiene and food practice
  • to promote cooking from scratch
  • to donate 100% of any profit back into the charity Zest – Health for Life, to support Zest’s wider services which benefit vulnerable people and those living in disadvantaged areas of the city.
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Working with us


We’d love to hear from you if you are interested in working in partnership with us to access or develop classes and group activities. Give us a call on 0113 323 7700 to explore the possibilities or arrange a visit.

Chefs and Tutors

We’re keen to broaden our range of classes, so if you are a freelance chef or cookery tutor with an idea for a speciality class or demonstration please get in touch to discuss the opportunities.

Latest news

Chef Spotlight: Andrew Thwaite

We’re pleased to welcome Master Chocolatier, Andrew Thwaite to Leeds Cookery School…


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The Best of British

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Press contacts

Simon Chappelow – Cookery School Manager

T: 0113 323 7700

Susie Brown – Zest CEO

T: 0113 240 6677

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