Le Cordon Bleu Scholarship Competition 2024 opens.

Picture of a dish created by Cord at Le Cordon Bleu
Pictures courtesy of Le Cordon Bleu.

Budding chefs invited to vie for a coveted spot in the Grand Diplôme programme, internship at CORD by Le Cordon Bleu.

RENOWNED for shaping culinary careers globally for over a century, the highly anticipated Grand Diplôme scholarship competition for 2024 is now open.

Passionate culinary enthusiasts are invited to vie for a coveted spot in the internship at CORD by Le Cordon Bleu, alongside accommodation for a year and mentoring from Michel Roux and more, the total prize worth over £60,000.

‘The institute extends a warm welcome to individuals of all backgrounds, embracing diversity and talent without barriers.’

The competition will give participants a chance to follow their dreams and aspirations, learning from Le Cordon Bleu London’s Master Chefs and interning under the kitchen team at CORD by Le Cordon Bleu, a once in a lifetime opportunity for aspiring culinary professionals.

The institute runs scholarship competitions each year, and the Le Cordon Bleu Scholarship follows the success of the Julia Child Scholarship and Wine Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu, providing an incredible opportunity for someone who has a passion for the culinary arts and aspires for a career in the culinary hospitality industry.

The nine-month Grand Diplôme represents the pinnacle of culinary education, combining the art of Diplôme de Cuisine and Diplôme de Pâtisserie.

Chefs participating in Cord at Le Cordon Bleu.
Pictures courtesy of Le Cordon Bleu.

Recognised worldwide for its excellence, it serves as a launchpad for promising careers in the culinary realm, offering unparalleled opportunities for growth and advancement.

Upon completing the Grand Diplôme, the scholarship recipient will embark on a three-month internship at CORD restaurant, taught by Executive Chef Karl O’Dell (formerly Monarch Theatre Park Row, Texture, Petrus).

This hands-on experience will provide invaluable insights into the dynamic world of professional kitchens, setting the stage for future success.

Le Cordon Bleu Scholarship has some fantastic partners including Michel Roux, Chris Galvin, Louis Latour, Gosset, global publisher Phaidon, family-owned fruit and dairy company, best known for Bonne Maman Andros and student accommodation Londonist.

Picture of Le Cordon Bleu outside.
Pictures courtesy of Le Cordon Bleu.

As part of their prize, the winner will receive mentoring from Michel Roux, work experience with Galvin Restaurants, 12 months accommodation during their studies and a trip to visit Andros’ site at Bairs-sur-Cère, in the South-West of France.

The competition will unfold in three stages: an initial online round, followed by semi-finals conducted through personal interviews, with the journey culminating at a finale at Le Cordon Bleu London, where finalists will showcase their skills in an exciting culinary challenge.

Participants can apply now online here.

Applications close: 31 May 2024

Semi-finals: 8-9th July 2024. The finals will take place on 16 September 2024

Picture of the outside of Cord in London.
Picture courtesy of Le Cordon Bleu.

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