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XIXth Century

Paris, 1895 • French journalist Marthe Distel publishes a culinary magazine, “La Cuisinière Cordon Bleu”. In October, subscribers are invited to the first Le Cordon Bleu cooking classes.

1897 • Le Cordon Bleu Paris welcomes its first Russian student.

XXth Century

1905 • Le Cordon Bleu Paris trains its first Japanese student.

1914 • Le Cordon Bleu operates four schools in Paris.

1927 • The newspaper « The London Daily Mail » dated November 16  relates a visit to Le Cordon Bleu Paris school.

1933 • Rosemary Hume and Dione Lucas, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu Paris under the guidance of Chef Henri-Paul Pellaprat, open the school L’Ecole du Petit Cordon Bleu and the restaurant Au Petit Cordon Bleu in London.

1942 • Dione Lucas launches Le Cordon Bleu School and Restaurant in New York. She also authors the bestseller “The Cordon Bleu Cook Book” and becomes the first woman to have a televised cooking show in United States.

1948 • Le Cordon Bleu is accredited by the Pentagon for the professional training of young G.I.s after their tour of duty. As a former member of the OSS, Julia Child qualifies and enrols at Le Cordon Bleu Paris.

1953 • Le Cordon Bleu London creates the Coronation Chicken dish, served to foreign dignitaries at the coronation lunch of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

1954 • The success of the Hollywood movie “Sabrina”, directed by Billy Wilder and starring Audrey Hepburn, contributes to the growing fame of Le Cordon Bleu.

1984 • The Cointreau family, descendants of the founding families of Rémy Martin and Cointreau liqueur, takes over the presidency of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, following Mrs. Elisabeth Brassart, Director of the school since 1945.

1988 • Le Cordon Bleu Paris moves from rue du Champ de Mars by the Eiffel Tower to rue Léon Delhomme, in the 15th district of Paris. Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa welcomes its first students.

1991 • Le Cordon Bleu Japan opens in Tokyo and later in Kobe. The schools are knowned as “Little France in Japan”.

1995 • Le Cordon Bleu Paris celebrates its 100th anniversary. For the first time ever, the Chinese authorities of the Shanghai District send chefs abroad for training at Le Cordon Bleu Paris.

1996 • Le Cordon Bleu Australia begins operations at the request of the New South Wales government, and provides training in preparation for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Management courses are then developed in Adelaide, drawing on Bachelor and Masters degrees and University research on Hospitality, the Restaurant Industry, Culinary Arts and Wine. 

1998 • Le Cordon Bleu signs an exclusive agreement with the Career Education Corporation (CEC) to bring teaching expertise to the United States and to offer Associate Degrees with a unique curriculum in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management.

XXIth Century

2002 • Le Cordon Bleu Korea and Le Cordon Bleu Mexico welcome their first students.

2003 • Le Cordon Bleu Peru begins operations. The institute flourishes, becoming number one in the country.

2006 • Le Cordon Bleu Thailand is launched in partnership with Dusit International.

2009 • Le Cordon Bleu schools around the world participate in the release of the Hollywood movie “Julie and Julia”, starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child, alumni Le Cordon Bleu Paris.

2011 • Le Cordon Bleu Madrid opens in partnership with the University Francisco de Vitoria. The first Le Cordon Bleu online Master of Gastronomic Tourism program is launched.

2012 • Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia is launched with Sunway University College. Le Cordon Bleu London moves to a new building in Bloomsbury square. Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand opens in Wellington.

2013 • Official inauguration of Le Cordon Bleu Istanbul. Le Cordon Bleu Thailand receives the award of “Best Culinary School in Asia”. An agreement to open Le Cordon Bleu in the Philippines is signed with Ateneo University in Manila.

2014 • Le Cordon Bleu India opens, offering students Bachelor degrees in Hospitality and Restaurant Management. Le Cordon Bleu in Lebanon and le Cordon Bleu Hautes Etudes du Goût celebrate their 10th anniversary.

2015 • Le Cordon Bleu’s 120th year anniversary is celebrated around the world. Le Cordon Bleu Shanghai welcomes its first students. Le Cordon Bleu Peru is bestowed University status. Le Cordon Bleu Taiwan opens its doors with NKUHT and Ming-Tai Institute.

2016 • Opening of the new Le Cordon Bleu Paris premises on the banks of the Seine in the 15th arrondissement. With 4,000 m² dedicated to the Culinary Arts and to wine, hotel and restaurant management, Le Cordon Bleu Paris will welcome more than 1,000 students.