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Katie Leslie wins UK Scholarship Award 2015
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Katie Leslie Wins UK Scholarship Award
Katie Leslie wins UK Scholarship Award 2015
24 year old Katie Leslie from Edinburgh has been announced as the winner of a life changing opportunity at the Grand Final of Le Cordon Bleu’s UK Scholarship Award 2015.

The competition was particularly tough this year with an overwhelming interest in the award and some outstanding entries after a UK wide road show. However, Katie impressed the judging panel, showing a strong desire to learn while observing the Master Chef’s demonstration and a clear dedication to her work throughout the practical session.

On her success, Katie commented:

“I’m extremely happy and I can’t wait for September to begin, I want to learn as much as possible. To attend Le Cordon Bleu for just a day for the finals was amazing, let alone for a whole Diploma. All the candidates did a brilliant job especially on the hottest day of the year, I feel honoured to have won the place. ”

Candidates were not judged on what they produced, but how they approached the practical session and their attentiveness during the demonstration, which will of course be the key attributes needed whilst studying the prestigious Diplôme de Cuisine and Diploma in Culinary Management. Katie will also be provided with complimentary accommodation in central London courtesy of our partner Urbanest, along with an internship at the two Michelin-starred restaurant, The Square under the guidance of Chef Phil Howard.

Elaine McCarthy, Lecturer of the Diploma in Culinary Management and judging panel member at Le Cordon Bleu London, commented on the news:

“I’m so pleased for Katie, she had an efficient work flow throughout the practical, expressed enthusiasm and confidence within her own ability, but was still positively self critical of her work. She also showed a great passion for the industry which led her to win this year’s scholarship award. ”

The evening saw guests including leading chefs, senior hospitality figures, and journalists gather at the London institute for the announcement of this year’s recipient, with an array of fine canapés and cocktails created, specifically for the event, by Le Cordon Bleu Master Chefs and Culinary Management Diploma students.


Le Cordon Bleu's UK Scholarship Award

Every year, Le Cordon Bleu offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for those who may have thought a career in food would only ever be a dream.The UK Scholarship Award rewards a lucky winner with a prize that offers an aspiring chef the opportunity to study in our London flagship, including accommodation and an internship with one of leading UK chefs. The prize is worth in excess of £35,000.

For more information, please visit: or register to our mailing list to be one of the first to hear about our 2016 edition.



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