About Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand
Le Cordon Bleu International has joined with New Zealand tertiary education partners WelTec and UCOL to establish Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand. The Le Cordon Bleu Institute will open in 2012 in the heart of Wellington City. It will be an iconic facility, with a public restaurant, 100-seat lecture theatre, a training bar and seven kitchens, providing world class education in cuisine and hospitality.
New Zealand was chosen by Le Cordon Bleu for its newest school because of the country’s international reputation as a food and wine producer and its strong appeal as a destination for international students.
The Institute aim to train around 500 students a year, including a significant number of international students, studying a range of degree, diploma and certificate programmes. Graduates of Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand will receive a qualification that is recognised and respected around the world.
Students will learn French culinary techniques while utilising fresh, quality New Zealand ingredients and being taught by committed tutors, producers and artisans. The choice of Wellington as a base for the school provides for a total farm-to-plate environment in a city with an exciting food scene with a strong focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients cooked innovatively, with a Kiwi twist. Wellington is also adjacent to two of New Zealand’s finest wine regions.
The Institute’s new director, Cath Hopkin, asks: “Where else in the world can you drive an hour down the road to where food is grown and produced then have it arrive at your table in a world class city restaurant?”
The Le Cordon Bleu Institute will be unique in New Zealand. Le Cordon Bleu is the world’s premier culinary arts institute, offering the most complete and comprehensive training. Students benefit from its international network of 20 schools on five continents and Le Cordon Bleu’s commitment to innovation and best practice in gastronomy, hospitality and management.