Le Cordon Bleu is a network of institutions which is considered to be very prestigious in the food industry, including excellence in culinary training and entrepreneurial hospitality management – two skills which will come in very handy if you are thinking of applying to food jobs like the ones we have listed here.
The prize is worth more than £40,000, part of which is a place on the respected Diplome de Patisserie – which is known to be one of the highest possible qualifications for pastry and baking around the world. The winner will also receive a place on a three-month long Diploma in Culinary Management. Both of these courses are run by Le Cordon Bleu.
And it doesn’t stop there. The winner will also be granted an internship at the Savoy Hotel, an iconic location which many students dream of working at. In order to ensure that they are not put too out of pocket, they will also be given 12 months in luxury accommodation courtesy of Londonist, the accommodation specialists based in the capital. They will even get additional mentorship from Luiz Hara, Georgia Green, Dhruv Mittal, and Evelina Ogorzalek.
Then there’s the prize provided by Churchill, who make innovative tableware, as well as the 12 month membership with The Federation of Small Businesses – and even tickets to The Business Show.
This means that whoever wins the prize will be able to learn on the job from some of the best in the industry, whilst also picking up whole new qualifications from one of the leading culinary arts institutions in the world. It’s really quite a catch!
Culinary Arts Director at Le Cordon Bleu Chef Emil Minev said: “As an institute with a rich heritage spanning over 120 years, Le Cordon Bleu has a long-standing reputation of training the finest chefs and most innovative Food Entrepreneurs in the world. This year’s Scholarship will showcase this and offers a unique platform for those with exciting food business ideas.”
Mary Berry is an alumna of Le Cordon Bleu, and she will be presenting the prize this year. She said: “Le Cordon Bleu has always held a dear place in my heart, as the starting point of my career in food. Whoever the winner is, will be embarking on a life-changing journey.”
Those who come in second and third place will not be left empty-handed. They will be walking away with high-performance ZWILLING Diplome knives to help them do their best work in the kitchen.
The scholarship is named in recognition of Julia Child, who famously switched career and trained with Le Cordon Bleu to become a pioneer of French food and home cooking.
Le Cordon Bleu is known for its involvement in shaping the careers of some of the best chefs in the world. If you are aiming to join them, you should be sure to sign up for our job alerts here so that you are always aware of the latest and best opportunities.
The institution trains more than 20,000 students each year, usually spanning more than 130 different nationalities – so competition for places is fierce. They have just 35 institutes around the world, meaning that any aspiring chef with big dreams needs to make their way to one of these locations.