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Objectives of the certificate :
  • Learning the classical and traditional culinary techniques of French gastronomy
  • Organisation, hygiene and safety in the kitchen
  • Mastery of the use of knives, initiation to professional gestures (cutting, slicing)
  • Preliminary preparation of foodstuffs: vegetables, fish and meat
  • Study of the different cooking methods
  • Preparation of stocks, sauces, juices, emulsions and soups
  • Preparation of basic pastas and restaurant desserts
  • Terminology of French cuisine
  • Culinary theory course: meat and dairy products
  • Sensory analysis of a dish
  • Educational visit to a Parisian market, shopping, tasting of products
  • Discovery of the institute's roof garden, 800 m2 of urban agriculture in biodiversity


Teaching method: Demonstrations, practical classes & theory classes. Students will have access to an online educational interface, where 8 videos per certificate and 20 hours of digital pedagogy will be made available, together with as theoretical course materials and videos of additional technical expertises.

Who is this certificate for?

Le Cordon Bleu Paris welcomes students from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds who are at least 18 years of age and hold a high school diploma or equivalent. No previous culinary experience is required.

4 intakes per year:

Standard: January, April, July, October.
Intensive: January and July

Languages: The courses are taught in French and consecutively translated into English.

Basic Cuisine Certificate details

  • Basic Cuisine Certificate programme details

    Introduction to French Cuisine:

    • French culinary terms & definitions
    • Organization, safety and hygiene in the kitchen
    • Professional knife handling and introduction to diverse cuts
    • Classic French techniques
    • Learning foundations : stocks, sauces, forcemeats & doughs
    • Storage methods

    All demonstration classes are translated into English.

    Intensive programmes have the same curriculum as the full length programmes. Since these programmes are accelerated, students can only take one discipline at a time: cuisine or pâtisserie. Scheduling is up to 6 days a week and 6-12 hours of courses daily.

    In addition to onsite and practical courses, 8 videos per certificate are made available throughout the term for the student, i.e. 20 hours of digital pedagogy, integrated and available on the educational interface. The student will also benefit from theoretical course materials and videos of additional technical expertises.

  • Duration and Tuition fees

    Possible formats:

    • Standard format: duration of 3 months
    • Intensive format (January and July): with classes of 6 to 12 hours per day, 6 days per week, this course can be completed in 6 weeks in an intensive format.

    Tuition: €11,700 (standard or intensive) Tuition includes application fee (€500), course content, uniform, equipment including Zwilling® knife kit, and activities (lectures, guest chef demonstrations, career day, educational tours, cocktail party)

    Teaching method: demonstrations followed by practical and theoretical lessons.

  • Dates and apply

    Term Dates & Prices

    Select a date
    2022
    Oct 3, 2022 - Dec 16, 2022 ( Standard )
    € 11,700.00
    2023
    Jan 4, 2023 - Feb 10, 2023 ( Intensive )
    € 11,700.00
    Jan 4, 2023 - Mar 24, 2023 ( Standard )
    € 11,700.00
    Apr 3, 2023 - May 12, 2023 ( Intensive )
    € 11,700.00
    Apr 3, 2023 - Jun 23, 2023 ( Standard )
    € 11,700.00
    Jul 3, 2023 - Aug 11, 2023 ( Intensive )
    € 11,700.00
    Jul 3, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023 ( Standard )
    € 11,700.00
    Oct 2, 2023 - Nov 10, 2023 ( Intensive )
    € 11,700.00
    Oct 2, 2023 - Dec 22, 2023 ( Standard )
    € 11,700.00
    2024
    Jan 4, 2024 - Feb 9, 2024 ( Intensive )
    € 11,700.00
    Jan 4, 2024 - Mar 22, 2024 ( Standard )
    € 11,700.00
    Apr 2, 2024 - May 10, 2024 ( Intensive )
    € 11,700.00
    Apr 2, 2024 - Jun 21, 2024 ( Standard )
    € 11,700.00
    Jul 1, 2024 - Aug 9, 2024 ( Intensive )
    € 11,700.00
    Jul 1, 2024 - Sep 20, 2024 ( Standard )
    € 11,700.00
    Sep 30, 2024 - Nov 8, 2024 ( Intensive )
    € 11,700.00
    Sep 30, 2024 - Dec 20, 2024 ( Standard )
    € 11,700.00
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