Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa will be at the Recruit In Canada Fair in Ottawa on October 5, 2019. Our recruitment team will be on-site representing Le Cordon Bleu. Come speak to Karen and Joaquin. They would love to chat with you about what our school has to offer, our programmes, the institutions illustrious history and how an education with Le Cordon Bleu can set you on your culinary path to success!
We hope to see you there!
For more than a century, Le Cordon Bleu has enabled aspiring culinary professionals to turn their ambitions into reality. The Ottawa campus offers a wide range of culinary arts programmes dedicated to teaching students classical French techniques through our world class chef instructors. Regardless of your background, by graduating with Le Cordon Bleu, you’ll become part of a great tradition of excellence, with credentials that will set you apart from the competition in a demanding and changing industry.
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During my nine months studying the Diplôme de Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa, I received a lot of teachings that helped me become a better human being, both in a professional and personal way. Seven months after I graduated, I managed to give birth to a dream that Le Cordon Bleu helped me nurture: I now own a 40 seat cafe in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil and I’m about to open a 120 seat restaurant.
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.
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.
... 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.
When you're studying at Le Cordon Bleu there are so many great opportunities available, whether it's putting in extra time to practice, help out the chefs teaching you, or help out the restaurant, and you should absolutely take full advantage of these learning opportunities. I spent all of my extra time helping out the chefs, and it pays out. You learn different aspects of the teaching environment and you get to practice your skills while still learning. Since I've graduated I worked at Signatures for three years, and also have worked abroad staging at Michelin star restaurants in England.
The most important thing I learned is that I didn't know anything about cooking, although I thought I was a great amateur cook at home. It humbles you. The first 2-3 weeks at the Cordon Bleu you realize you need to start with the basics, and not be over-anxious to start butchering rabbits! Also, I had a great time improving my knife skills. That was the very first thing you learn. I would go the supermarket and buy a 5lb bag of carrots, peel them and start practicing my Juliennes, Brunoise, Turning, etc... so I could be ahead of the game when getting my first job.
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