Only just graduated and already employed!
Le Cordon Bleu Wine and Management Programme gives you the savoir-faire necessary to become an expert in the wine industry.
During 10 months, numerous professionals from the wine industry share their tasting techniques and know-how, essential in the wine industry, with our students.
The programme opens the doors to a career in the world of wine and gastronomy. Read all about three students from the class of 2014 who found employment immediately following graduation!
I was export sales director in my family’s winegrowing business for 4 years before signing up with Le Cordon Bleu Paris.
In 2013, I decided to follow the Wine and Management programme in order to achieve my dream: To become a sommelier. The programme allowed me to develop the necessary skills for professionally tasting wine and to learn all about French vineyards.
Following graduation, my job search began. I was lucky enough to be able to make use of the impressive Le Cordon Bleu network to find a job as Commis Sommelier in a restaurant in Paris.
Le Cordon Bleu teams are totally committed to helping students reach their goals and, without their help, I would never have been taken on as Commis Sommelier at the renowned Lasserre restaurant…
When I finished high school, I knew I wanted to work in the world of wine and gastronomy. I didn’t have any experience in the field but I was really keen to develop key skills which would enable me to work in the wine industry.
In 2013, I followed my dream and signed up for Le Cordon Bleu Paris Wine and Management programme. In 10 months, the comprehensive programme taught by Mr. Franck Ramage and consultants, gave me in-depth knowledge of wine tasting, French vineyards and food and wine pairing.
Since graduating last June, I have already received four job offers to work as a sommelier in some of the best restaurants in London, such as Sketch, City Social, 28-50, and D&D, as well as an offer from the Mandarin Oriental in Paris.
Le Cordon Bleu Paris has opened so many doors and given me the opportunity to follow my dream of becoming a sommelier. The school also taught me that no dream is too big; you just need to be passionate and committed to making it come true. Following the Wine and Management programme is the best decision I ever made. If I had the opportunity to follow the programme again, I wouldn’t think twice about it.
Before signing up at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, I was a press attachée in a communications agency specializing in wine and gastronomy, which meant that I was completely immersed in the professional wine industry. I went on to manage a wine bar in the heart of Paris.
I realized very quickly that I needed to learn much more about the world of wine. The Wine and Management programme was perfect for me as it was short, full-time, extremely intensive and international.
The programm is unique in its field. It was an amazing experience which taught me so much. I tasted incredible wines, went on outstanding vineyard visits and was given access to a vast professional network. Thanks to the contacts and the perseverance of Le Cordon Bleu teams, we visited places that are, in theory, inaccessible: Yquem, Lafite-Rothschild, to name but a few...
I have no regrets about my decision. I learnt so much both in terms of knowledge, savoir-faire and soft-skills. Even if the cost of the programme is an investment, it is real value for money in terms of what you are taught and the tastings! Immediately following graduation I was contacted by two companies and have just started working as Wine Product Manager at France Boissons (part of the Heineken group), where I carried out my end of year internship.