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Culinary Schools North America

Welcome to our virtual cooking school on BakeSpace. This is a place where students, alumni and fans of Le Cordon Bleu Schools in North America and Kitchen Academy can hang out, swap stories and share recipes. We invite you to join our network of friends and be the first to see what's cooking! Check out our recipes below. ________________________________________________________ function OpenFlash() { options = "location=no,menubar=yes,resizable=no,"; options += "scrollbars=no,status=no,toolbar=no,"; options += "height=500,width=850"; url = "/make-your-dish.html";,"",options); } TEST YOUR CULINARY SKILLS: ________________________________________________________ If not now, when? Have you ever dreamed of owning your own restaurant or bakery? Looking for challenging recipes that will take your cooking/baking to the next level? Want to impress your friends by whipping up a gourmet meal effortlessly? Have you ever thought of attending culinary school? Explore the culinary offerings at one of our campuses listed below: California Culinary Academy, San Francisco, CA The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL California School of Culinary Arts, Pasadena, CA Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Atlanta, Tucker, GA Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Miami, Miramar, FL Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mendota Heights, MN Orlando Culinary Academy, Orlando, FL Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Pittsburgh, PA Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Scottsdale, AZ Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts - Dallas, Dallas, TX Texas Culinary Academy, Austin, TX Western Culinary Institute, Portland, OR Kitchen Academy - Hollywood, Hollywood, CA Kitchen Academy - Sacramento, Sacramento, CA (*This institution has received temporary approval to operate from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education in order to enable the Bureau to conduct a quality inspection of the institution.) ________________________________________________________ Did you know? Le Cordon Bleu was founded in Paris in 1895. Its name traces to a high honor bestowed upon members of the Order of the Holy Spirit by King Henry III in the 1500s. At the end of the 19th century, a collection of recipes called "La Cuisiniere Cordon Bleu" was published to much acclaim. The book's success prompted its publisher to open a cooking school with the Cordon Bleu designation.. The rest is culinary history! ________________________________________________________ Kitchen Academy Professional Culinary Arts and Professional Baking and Pastry Arts Diplomas If you're looking for an accelerated program to get you in the kitchen quickly then check out Kitchen Academy. This high intensity program is designed to help prepare you for a career in a professional kitchen in as few as 30 weeks. Moving from introduction to mastery of breads, confections, plated desserts, doughs, cakes, decorating and more, students can use their Kitchen Academy experience to help them pursue careers in roles in a professional kitchen that may include pastry chef, confectioner, cake decorator and caterer. ________________________________________________________ ANSWERS TO THE CELEBRITY CHEF QUESTIONS: Answer #1: Marcel Boulestin was the first television cook when he presented the first of the Cook's Night Out programs on BBC on January 21, 1937. Julia didn't appear on TV until 1962 when she appeared on a book review show on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) station of Boston, WGBH, led to the inception of her television cooking show after viewers enjoyed her demonstration of how to cook an omelet. Hector Boiardi is better known as Chef Boyardee, but he didn't become a television icon until the company's commercials ran. Answer #2: While Julia did write Julia's Declicious Little Dinners, she did not write Julia's Delicious Little Kitchen. If you said My Life in France, that was her 2006 autobiography. It was compiled by her and Alex Prud'homme, her husband's grandnephew, during the last eight months of her life, and completed and published by Prud'homme following her death in August 2004. Answer #3: Nigella Lawson - the other three chefs (Child, De Laurentiis and Batali attended Le Cordon Bleu. ________________________________________________________ Culinary School Q & A 1) I love to cook and my family says that I really am talented. Do I need to go to school to become a chef? Not everyone who works as a cook or chef has formal culinary training, but a good education can help establish and solidify skills that might make you a more desirable employee. Individuals who invest in their career and attend a culinary arts or hospitality school might have increased opportunities for advancement. It is important to note that the path to becoming a chef requires commitment and patience. Most graduates start their career in entry and mid-level positions where they need to prove their skills and abilities. A formal education is really only the beginning of a lifetime of learning and professional growth. 2) What sort of careers are out there for recent culinary school graduates? There are various career opportunities for graduates of a culinary arts program. Some examples of common job titles might include: sauté cook, banquet cook, grill cook, sous chef, assistant manager, or baker. Most quality culinary arts schools offer career placement assistance services to help find suitable first jobs for graduates. The National Restaurant Association is a great source of information for statistics regarding employment in the industry. 3) What is a typical day like in culinary school? Many culinary schools focus on hands-on learning in kitchen laboratories, so most students quickly grow accustomed to working in this environment. Chef instructors might demonstrate a number of techniques and then the students have to show what they learned and apply their skills in the kitchen. A typical day might include attending a lecture, watching a chef demonstration, and then preparing a selection of dishes for evaluation. Some classes might be lecture based and include presentations, class discussion, and group projects. 4) What should I look for in a school? There are many ways to evaluate a culinary arts school. Since every student is unique, a school that accommodates your specific needs in terms of location, schedule availability, and enrollment times may be a good option. Also, consider the national and international reputation of a school and the quality of the faculty. A thorough tour of the facilities will give you a good sense of how a school operates. Ask lots of questions and make sure that the school can help turn your passion into a career. 5) I want to get into restaurant and hotel management. Can a culinary arts education help me achieve this goal? A broad-based culinary training can help anyone in the foodservice and hospitality industry gain important knowledge and skills. Many culinary arts programs that offer degrees include courses in management, wine and beverage, cost controls and accounting, and hospitality operations. ®The Le Cordon Bleu logo is a registered trademark of Le Cordon Bleu B.V. Any use of the Le Cordon Bleu trademark for advertisement, promotional and marketing activities or references, without the expressed written consent of Le Cordon Bleu is prohibited. 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Le Cordon Bleu Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Bread
Le Cordon Bleu Pecan Tassies (one-bite Pecan Pies)