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Your entrée into the exciting world of professional cuisine! The Le Cordon Bleu Cuisine program is designed for you to master the technical skills and gain the confidence and knowledge to apply what you will learn to any style of cuisine.

Advance through basic, intermediate and superior levels of cuisine and earn a diploma that is welcomed in the world's finest kitchens.

Use the plate as your canvas and gain the knowledge, discipline and understanding of technical skills that encourage your creativity and natural talent to blossom.

4 intakes each year: January, April, July, October

Key Information

Duration: 9 months

  • Local students: CAD $32,750.00
  • International students: CAD $34,250.00

(Fees include: tuition, uniform and equipment, all learning materials and student activities fees)

Hours per week: Approx. 18 hours
Teaching Method: Chef Demonstration, Practical, Theory Class
Entry requirements: High school diploma or equivalent. No prior culinary experience is required.

Diploma Details

  • Course Structure

    The Diplôme de Cuisine can be completed in 9 months. It is also possible to apply for the certificates individually, beginning with Basic Cuisine.

    Cuisine de Base
    11 weeks • Certificate

    • Introduction to French cuisine

    • Classic knife cuts and culinary techniques

    • Food preparation and mise en place

    • Palate training

    Cuisine Intermédiaire

    11 weeks • Certificate • Prerequisite: Cuisine de Base

    • Regional cuisines of France

    • Advanced techniques and presentation

    • Appreciation of seasoning and flavours

    • Butchery techniques

    Cuisine Supérieure

    11 weeks • Certificate • Prerequisite: Cuisine Intermédiaire

    • Precision and speed in the kitchen

    • Recipe development and menu design

    • Seasonal and market influences on cuisine

    • Introduction to restaurant operations


    All programmes offer both a demonstration by our world-renowned chef instructors followed by hands on 14:1 student to Chef ratio of practical hands on kitchen experiences.

    Demonstration Students observe, take notes, and ask questions as one of our world-renowned chefs shares their special tips and techniques when it comes to creating a multitude of desserts and pastries.

    Practical Students follow their chef instructor into one of our state-of-the art professional kitchens. Here, students try their hand at creating the recipes using the demonstrated techniques with plenty of one-on-one guidance from their Chef instructor.

  • Requirements
    Admissions Requirements

    Prospective students must:

    • Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent


    • Be 18 years of age or older on or before the start date of the programme, and pass a qualifying test (Wonderlic)
    • Students whose first language is not English may be required to provide proof of English Language Proficiency
    Application Checklist

    To complete your application package, please submit the following:

    • Application, completed and signed
    • A $500 CAD non refundable application fee
    • A photocopy of government issued photo I.D. or passport
    • A resume/CV (no culinary experience required)
    • Proof of English proficiency (if applicable)
    • A letter of motivation detailing your goals, aspirations, and how you think Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa will help you achieve them
    • A $500.00 CAD non refundable application fee for each program that you would like to register for
    • Official Transcript showing completion of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or equivalent


    • Passing grade on the Wonderlic test
  • Term Dates & Apply

    Term Dates & Prices

    Select a date
    Jan 8, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021 ( Standard , in English )
    CAD 32,750.00
    Apr 2, 2021 - Dec 17, 2021 ( Standard , in English )
    CAD 32,750.00
    Jul 2, 2021 - Mar 25, 2022 ( Standard , in English )
    CAD 32,750.00
    Oct 1, 2021 - Jun 24, 2022 ( Standard , in English )
    CAD 32,750.00


  • Daron
    I realized I always wanted to be in the kitchen with my mom, but not necessarily watch her cook, but rather have her move aside and let me do the cooking. That's really when I realized that this is what I want to do, this is what I want my life to be about.
    Daron Nazirganian - Diplôme de Pâtisserie 2015
  • melanie
    The people here are incredible! Obviously there is the learning experience, but also the ability to meet people from around the world and hear about what food means to them.
    Melanie Moller - GRAND DIPLÔME® 2015
  • sarah2
    ... that's the key to the Cordon Bleu experience - we have amazing Chefs who want to teach us everything they know - and we need only ask. We have the opportunity to learn that goes far beyond the demos, practicals and the workshops.
    Sarah Fudge - Diplôme de Cuisine 2013

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