Leith's School of Food and Wine has launched a new cookery course aimed at professional chefs who wish to learn more about nutrition and healthy eating.
In association with diet delivery company Pure Package, the cookery school will offer the Nutrition in Practice: The Professional Chef's Accreditation course, with the first term beginning on 6 October.
It is designed for qualified professional chefs who are already working within a kitchen environment, and will take place every Monday for ten weeks, at a cost of £2,995.
Formed of ten modules, the course claims to be the first of its kind, and will feature classes, workshops, tutorials and feedback on dietary theory, balanced diets, managing food allergies and intolerances, catering for popular diets, and the importance of blood sugar regulation in weight control.
Jennifer Irvine, founder of the Pure Package said: "I get requests from clients on a daily basis for personal chefs who are able to create menus that incorporate their specific dietary requirements. I know of only a handful of chefs who can provide this expertise.
"Through this course we are offering professional chefs the opportunity to gain this invaluable training to get ahead of the game."
Camilla Schneideman, managing director of Leiths, explained that the course was intended to address the shift in people's attitudes towards food and diet in recent years.
She said: "Many trained chefs lack the in-depth knowledge that would allow them to devise specific menus to fit the needs of their clients. It is possible to take a course in nutrition, but what a chef really needs to know is how to put that knowledge into practice every day. This course will deliver exactly that."