Do you enjoy spending hours upon hours in the kitchen, exploring the endless flavor combinations of the ingredients in your refrigerator and cupboard? Do you like to experiment with new and exotic ingredients, no matter the outcome? Do you just like to eat? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts might be for you!
About Le Cordon Bleu
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts was founded in Paris in 1985 and has expanded all over the world, including right here in Cambridge. The college has a deep history in culinary perfection, teaching its students practical skills in the culinary and hospitality arts.
Students are schooled in theoretical foundations and hands-on techniques by industry professionals.The Cambridge school is one of the most sought-after campuses in the United States, so be sure to get your application into this highly-competitive program as soon as possible.
It is one of 17 campuses in North America, located in The Athenaeum Press Building. Like many spots around Cambridge, it is easily accessible by public transportation, click here for more information.
Programs and Campus Life
It doesn’t matter if you like to cook up savory or sweet items – whatever your preference; Le Cordon Bleu has a program for you! And with financial aid, it can be very affordable.
The school offers both certificate and associate programs, both in culinary arts and baking & pastry. They even have online programs in Hospitality and Restaurant Management now that can easily work around your busy schedule.
If you aren’t ready to commit to the program right away, then check out one of their many workshops (for people of all ages) to see if it’s the right fit!
A certificate in Culinary Arts or Baking & Pastry will run you $17,550, while an Associate’s Degree in either program will cost you $35,050.Programs include a year of classes on campus followed by three months of an externship at various restaurants and hospitality venues.
The Cambridge campus has about 630 students enrolled, both part- and full-time. Le Cordon Bleu doesn’t discriminate whether you are a chef of 20 years or just getting your foot in the door, they welcome people of all ages and experience levels.
Maybe you are in your late 40’s and have decided that your career in banking isn’t what you want anymore and want to pursue your love of cupcakes, and that’s okay! Le Cordon Bleu will provide you with all of the tools necessary to make a smooth career transition, without forcing you to quit whatever you are currently involved in.
If all of this doesn’t convince you, then check out this video made by current students at the Cambridge campus explaining why they adore their school.
Technique at Le Cordon Bleu
What better way to learn how to be a chef than to be thrown in an actual restaurant to test your skills? That’s exactly what Le Cordon Bleu is doing with their student-run restaurant, Technique, with locations on every campus around the country. Students rotate around all of the different kitchen stations to be able to adapt in any environment and skill-set.
For an unbelievable price (you seriously won’t believe the prices) you can receive a gourmet-quality meal and help these students learn the skills they need to thrive. A three-course meal will run you $25. Yeah, you read that right, $25.
The school holds other events and activities to provide the hands-on experience these students need to succeed, but Technique is by far the coolest. The atmosphere is great, the food is of the highest quality, and you really just can’t beat that price.
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– Alicia Lazzaro, Contributing Writer