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The Le Cordon Bleu London Internship Pathway is an additional programme that can be taken in conjunction with our Grand Diplôme®, Diplôme de CuisineDiplôme de Pâtisserie and Diplôme in Wine, Gastronomy and Management programmes. You can also take the Internship Pathway with our 12-month Culinary Arts & Business programmes.

This course has been designed to provide you with experience of working in a professional environment as part of your training. We will arrange interviews and facilitate internships with high-end establishments across a variety of hotels, restaurants and food & wine businesses in London, the UK or other international locations. Throughout the internship, we provide continuous support and performance feedback.

Students can either choose to do their internship in the UK or overseas (including Belgium, UAE, USA and Thailand). For overseas internship the partner will provide visa assistance but the student will be responsible for applying for their own visa. In some cases, the visa application will need to be made from the student’s home country.

International students who apply to the Internship Pathway in the UK need a Tier 4 visa sponsored by Le Cordon Bleu which will only be given if a student meets UKVI requirements.

The course includes extra classes during your initial studies that will help you develop your CV, cover letters, applications and interview skills. Following the completion of the internship placement, students will have to submit their portfolio for final assessment.

The internship pathway cannot be integrated with the two-term “Intensive” Diploma.

We have a range of internship partners, which include 5-star hotels, fine dining restaurants, upmarket patisseries and boulangeries, as well as other culinary and wine businesses. See below for examples of institutions students may be able to take their internship in. This list is not exhaustive, and may be subject to change.

4 intakes each year: Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn

Key information


Duration: 3 months minimum (some Internship Partners may require a longer duration due to visa requirements)
Price: £2,500
Hours of study: approximately 18 hours of classes during studies at Le Cordon Bleu London and no more than 48 hours per week during the internship (actual working hours will depend on the contract between the student and the Internship Partner)
Entry requirements: The internship pathway can only be taken with our 6-month Wine Diploma or  9-month Culinary Arts Diplomas or 12-month Culinary Arts & Business programmes.

Internship Details

  • Internship Outcomes

    During the internship with one of our highly regarded industry partners, students should be able to apply theoretical situations to a real life work context, work as part of a professional team, assess their own skillset in practical situations, communicate at a professional level with their colleagues and analyse their performance.

  • Who is the programme for?

    The Internship Pathway has been designed to provide students with an experience of working in a professional environment as part of their culinary or wine training. We welcome students from a variety of different educational and occupational backgrounds. No prior professional experience is required. This programme is suitable if:

    • You wish to enter a career working in a professional kitchen (pâtisserie, restaurant or hotel)
    • You wish to start a career in the wine industry (ontrade, offtrade or importer)
    • You wish to open your own business
  • Who is eligible for this internship?

    Only students who are taking the Diplôme de Patisserie, Diplôme de Cuisine, Diploma in Wine, Gastronomy and Management or Grand Diplôme® or one of our 12 month Culinary Arts and Business programmes can take part in the internship. Please contact a member of our team if you are interested in our Internship Pathway.

  • How to apply

    Please get in touch with a member of our team if you wish to apply for the Internship Pathway.

Testimonials

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    The interns sent to us via Le Cordon Bleu London are always willing to learn, hone their skills and assist our existing team here in Bray. We ensure they’re involved in all aspects of production and service to get a true experience of the culture here at The Fat Duck and they have proved passionate, engaged and enthusiastic.
    Group HR Advisor The Fat Duck
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    Attending Le Cordon Bleu's career event is one of the most essential ways for us to recruit the best future talent in the company.
    Hilton Worldwide
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    Le Cordon Bleu turn out some of the most exceptional students who are eager and enthusiastic to join the industry. The quality of the teaching chefs at Le Cordon Bleu guarantees that the graduates will be of the highest standards.
    The Waterside Inn - Alain Roux, Chef Patron - 3 Michelin-starred restaurant

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