The Basic Cuisine programme (Basic Certificate) opens the door to the adventures of French cuisine. From day one, you begin to master the basic skills: from how to hold a knife properly, to how to peel vegetables or how to truss a chicken. As the term progresses, techniques are layered on one another, and become more complex. Demonstrations become more menu-oriented, incorporating such elements as organisation, preparation, balance and timing. Students also learn how to use and integrate condiments, herbs and spices into their recipes producing a variety of flavours which complement the dishes prepared. As a solid grounding in basic cuisine, this programme is for beginners and experienced students alike.
Duration: 10 weeks
Price: NZD 13,200.00 (Subject to change)
Fees Include: 2x uniforms (jacket, trousers, hat, necktie), WÜSTOF Knife Tool Kit, All Ingredients, Course Materials, Exams, Graduation
Hours per week: Approximately 20-25 hours
Entry Requirements: IELTS score (or test equivalent) of 5.0 overall, with no band lower than 5.0
16 years old (no upper age limit)
Since graduating from Le Cordon Bleu I’ve had exciting opportunities to work with many celebrity chefs around the world such as Mark Best, Charles Michel, Ash Heeger and Alanna Sapwell. I recently travelled to Australia with Hiakai’s Celebrity Chef Monique Fiso for The Curated Plate Culinary Festival and won Emerging Chef of the Year in the Felix Wellington Hospitality awards 2019. Read more.
Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand taught me a great foundation of skills. Although you may not use these skills every day in the kitchen, it does teach how to be precise, how to present, and how to manage time efficiently. I am now Head Chef at Bellamys by Logan Brown, a fine dining restaurant located in the Wellington Beehive Parliament building. Read More.
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