I love the way wine brings people together, provides an opportunity to set aside their work, and simply pause and enjoy life. Since graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, I've founded my own business based in San Francisco, En Pointe Wines. I hope I can encourage others to view wine not as something to be collected or critiqued, but as something that can help bring us together, celebrate the diversity in the world, and bring us all joy.
Studying at Le Cordon Bleu was a wonderful experience! I had the opportunity to improve my skills and learn new techniques with the world's most renowned chefs. Le Cordon Bleu's Pastry diploma is an excellence certification and guarantees open doors throughout the world.
I attended the Grand Diplôme at Cordon Bleu in Paris in 2009, and six years ago I opened with my sister Le P'tit Café, in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. The teachers are excellent and teach us not only to cook, but also how to behave in the kitchen, to have respect for the chefs, to be organized and clean, which are fundamental in this profession. We learn to select the best ingredients, we do tours in local fairs and also in the big markets of Paris. That's where I discovered my passion for pâtisserie and I still create new recipes based on the Cordon Bleu knowledge. For three years, we are indicated by Veja magazine as one of the best coffee shops in the city.
Although almost 27 years later, I remember every moment since my first day at Cordon Bleu Paris. It was almost a year and a half of permanence, between the three stages of kitchen and another four months like assistant of the chefs. All that I have achieved until today was the result of my learning in the institution. I became one of the first female chefs in my country and was the first woman chef to compete in the Toque d'or, which selects Brazilian candidates for Bocuse d'or. I was also the first student to be invited to teach at the school and, as a former student, I opened and trained in about 50 establishments, between hotels and restaurants in Brazil and abroad.
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