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Le Cordon Bleu News, 05/03/2009
Le Cordon Bleu International has signed an agreement for partnership with Victoria University
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April 2009

Monsieur Cointreau met with Victoria University Vice Chancellor, Professor Elizabeth Harman, during his most recent trip to Australia. An agreement was reached for the University to offer culinary courses at its Footscray Nicholson campus from 2010. The course will cater for 300 aspiring chefs, who must first complete an Associate Degree in Culinary Management before moving onto Bachelor of Business (Culinary Management). This is a great achievement for further expansion in Australia.

Cook-up … Monsieur Andre Cointreau from Le Cordon Bleu International shares a toast with Victoria University Vice Chancellor Elizabeth Harman. Picture courtesy Victoria University

An article published in the Melbourne Star Newspaper:

VICTORIA University will offer internationally recognised culinary courses at its Footscray Nicholson campus from next year after signing on with Le Cordon Bleu International.

Monsieur Andre Cointreau, President and CEO of Le Cordon Bleu International, met with VU Vice Chancellor Professor Elizabeth Harman last week to sign the agreement.

From 2010, aspiring chefs must first complete an Associate Degree in Culinary Management before moving onto Bachelor of Business (Culinary Management).

The course will cater for 300.

Le Cordon Bleu was founded in Paris in 1895 and has now grown to boast 29 schools across five continents. More than 20,000 students worldwide take Le Cordon Bleu courses.

"A qualification enhanced by Le Cordon Bleu's involvement will appeal to the more prestigious end of the market, the elite hotel chains, five-star establishments and fine dining restaurants," Prof Harman said.

"Jobs in these organisations do not just require high-end culinary skills but talent and flair and good business, communication and interpersonal skills."

"The VU/Le Cordon Bleu qualifications will become highly valued badges in the Melbourne culinary market place and their graduates will be welcomed.

"Given Le Cordon Bleu's worldwide reputation, the potential employment market for graduates is not only Australia-wide, but global."

Students will need to obtain 25 per cent of their assessment through work placements at hospitality venues.

Prof Harman said VU was also looking into securing overseas work placements.

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