Peruvian chef Pía León was named The World’s Best Female Chef 2021 ahead of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards this year. A Le Cordon Bleu Peru alumna, León now co-owns several restaurants in Peru and London with husband and fellow Le Cordon Bleu alumnus Virgilio Martínez Véliz. León has ascended to the top of the gastronomic world and is dedicated to gender parity in hospitality.
We are proud to share that Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand alumnus Joshua Ross, Executive Chef at Bellamy’s by Logan Brown, was announced the winner of Chef Rotisseurs Competition. Five of Wellington’s best young chefs competed on 11th-12th June for the title of Jeune Chef des Rôtisseurs New Zealand, and the chance to take part in the international young chefs’ competition.
Beau Bakery in Indonesia was founded in 2015 by Talita Setyadi and Ian Chin, both graduates of Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Beau is a bakery and café brand operating restaurants and producing artisanal bread and pastries using locally sourced ingredients. Operated by Cahaya Mahakarya Lestari, Beau has a mission to train and grow talent. In 2019, Beau obtained funding from SEAF Women‘s Opportunity Fund.
Le Cordon Bleu Sydney alumnus Johnson Wong has trained around the world, working in the best restaurants from China to Paris. With years of culinary adventures under his belt, his journey led him to open his restaurant, Gēn. Through hard work and research, Wong’s talent and vision was recognised and his restaurant Gēn was placed in the top 100 of the 2021 Asia's Best Restaurants list.
Le Cordon Bleu Bangkok and Paris alumna Jesselyn Lauwreen has won season eight of MasterChef Indonesia. She runs Miramar Medan restaurant with her family, and a bakery, Bakereen, and food shop, LadyReen. Since winning MasterChef Indonesia, Jesselyn has gained a large following online.
This year alumna Vicky Lau received 2 Michelin-stars for Tate Dining Room - the only female chef in Asia to gain a double Michelin-star. After training at Le Cordon Bleu Dusit, she returned to Hong Kong to work under chef Sebastien Lepinoy at the Michelin-starred Cépage. She opened Tate Dining Room in 2012.
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