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Japanese Cuisine Bursary Programme

Human Resource Development for Japanese Cuisine/Food Culture
Official project run by Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan

Japanese Cuisine Bursary Programme

Le Cordon Bleu Japan offers a fully-funded culinary programme for foreign residents interested in learning the basics of Japanese Cuisine, in Japan! Learn the basics of the Japanese language, culinary techniques from master chefs, and apply them both in a 6-month internship at a Japanese cuisine restaurant. The programme spans from July 2016 to February 2017, as a special bursary program, developed under a project initiated by the Organization for Fostering Human Resources for the Promotion of Japanese Cuisine & Food Culture, targeted for culinary school graduates or industry professionals looking to broaden their culinary horizons.

Programme Structure

Japanese Cuisine Bursary Programme

Programme Schedule

Application Period: March 23 – May 22, 2016

Participant Announcement Date: May 27
*Announcement of selected candidates to be made on June 3.

Programme Period: July 1, 2016 – end of February, 2017*

Restaurant List

Japanese Cuisine Restaurants



Sushi Restaurants



Fees & Others

 - Tuition fee, uniform, and tool kit provided

*Participants will be financially responsible for meals, domestic transportation within Japan, kitchen shoes and any other private expenses.

 - Round-trip flight to Japan, accommodation expenses, and a 1,000 yen daily allowance provided

*On class days and on-the-job training days only

 - Visa support

Application Requirements

Candidates must:

 -  must be 18 or above

 -  be a foreign resident

 -  able to communicate with school, chefs and other necessary parties in English as per minimum requirements stipulated by Le Cordon Bleu Japan

Programme Capacity: 15 participants
Candidates must submit all necessary documents with their application and will be selected based on the following:

Application Procedure

Step 1 - Application

Candidates are required to complete the Application Form and send as a PDF document to infojapan@cordonbleu.edu before the application deadline. The additional required documents must then be sent as soon as possible. The following are all required documents:

  1. Application Form (including Resume, Statement of Motivation, Professional Goals in relationship with the Japanese cuisine)
  2. recommendation from place of employment or culinary institute (Outline of Dispatching Entity (Attachment 1)
  3. one of the following documents proving that the knowledge and techniques acquired through the programme will be applied relevantly:
    • Certificate of Reinstatement (Attachment 2a)
    • Certificate of Employment (Attachment 2b)
    • proof of education in a culinary school (e.g. Le Cordon Bleu diploma)
  4. copy of your Passport ID page (passport must be valid until April 16, 2017, inclusive)
  5. ID photo (4cm x 3cm, no hat, no background, taken in or after March 2016, your name written on the back in alphabet)

If you are successfully selected as a participant, these documents will be used for the visa application process, insurance registration (health insurance and liability insurance), as well as registration for each training programme during the 8-month programme.

Step 2 - Confirmation

If you are successfully selected as a participant, you will be sent the Terms and Conditions, which should be read, signed, and sent to infojapan@cordonbleu.edu before June 3. Your admission to the programme will defer to the next candidate on the waiting list should you fail to submit this before the deadline.

Application Form - LCBJ Japanese Cuisine Bursary Programme

Attachment 1 - Outline of Dispatching Entity

Attachment 2a - Certificate of Reinstatement

Attachment 2b - Certificate of Employment

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