Le Cordon Bleu’s global footprint: Studying, living and working abroad

Take a class then hit the beach in Sydney? Learn the art of Japanese cuisine then go on the town with your classmates to experience Tokyo’s nightlife? Or enroll in an immersive wine program then visit one of Paris’ natural wine bars? These and many more possibilities await students of the storied Le Cordon Bleu.

Few international credentials are as powerful as a degree from Le Cordon Bleu, which can become your international passport to a fulfilling career either at home or far off in a destination of your dreams. Thanks to a global footprint that spans five continents and a growing presence in Asia, New Zealand and Australia, it’s easier than ever to change your current career.

125 Years Strong

With Le Cordon Bleu’s 125th anniversary in 2020, the school will continue to look to the future as it honors its storied past. James Kennish, Director of Sales and Marketing for Le Cordon Bleu North America, says of its ever-evolving network of schools, “Having over 35 schools in more than 20 countries offering everything from culinary training to wine management to specialized programs in hospitality management, means that Le Cordon Bleu is continually evolving to meet the needs of the modern student.”

Some recent innovations include keeping up with worldwide dining trends like the growing number of vegetarians and vegans. The London school even offers a new plant-based Culinary Arts diploma. Interested in wine and spirits? Both the London and Paris schools now offer intensive wine courses that balance wine knowledge with practical learning. Le Cordon Bleu is also offering more courses with real-time internships and skills development within the industry so that students are prepared for today’s competitive job market.

Expand Your Travel Experience

Traveling can be awe-inspiring at times and a chore at other times thanks to security, over-tourism and strained transportation networks. And don’t your vacations just seem so short? Enrolling in a program at Le Cordon Bleu allows you to dive deeper into a local culture, study for the job of your dreams and build a network of support that will last a lifetime. That means that Le Cordon Bleu students and graduates are never alone thanks to a worldwide support system of fellow alumni and partnerships with many recognizable hospitality brands.

Hotel partnerships include industry leaders like Shangri-La Hotels, Four Seasons, Le Meurice and luxury properties worldwide from London to Paris to Sydney to Tokyo. Restaurant partners include fabled names like Arpege in Paris, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Hawksmoor, the restaurants at the Eifel Tower and more.

Kennish says, “Studying in a foreign country will change your life, you’ll make friends you never dreamed you would, have stories and experiences that will stay with you forever and you’ll grow as a person.” His own career is a good example of how the culinary arts can take you places. A born and bred Londoner, he moved to New Zealand and worked in the wine industry there before joining Le Cordon Bleu in Wellington. Today, he is based in the U.S. and oversees international recruiting.

A number of Le Cordon Bleu’s global educational partnerships were formed through invitations from local governments, and serve as an endorsement of the school’s reputation. These partnerships span the world, including institutions like Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, uOttawa (the University of Ottawa), Dauphine Université in Paris and Birkbeck, University of London all of which allows for a more diverse and enriching experience.

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After school, doors will open faster thanks to Le Cordon Bleu’s reputation for excellence. Your career path will be your own and your life will be enriched by the experience. Kennish says this type of education keeps on giving long after you graduate. “When employers are looking at hiring, international work and study experience is a huge plus. It often brings a new dimension to someone’s work ethic and adds to a diversified staff that will work better together.”

Experiences in Le Cordon Bleu Cities

Le Cordon Bleu’s campuses are located in some of the world’s most exciting cities with abundant cultural and culinary offerings.

Sydney – The heart of the city’s cultural life and an architectural masterpiece, the iconic Sydney Opera House presents more than 1,600 performances each year. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed cultural treasure is the place to go for ballet, contemporary dance, opera, classical music, comedy, children’s plays and more. www.sydneyoperahouse.com

Le Cordon Bleu, Sydney www.cordonbleu.edu/sydney

Paris – Undeniably heaven for foodies, Paris boasts Michelin-starred restaurants, an abundance of patisseries and farmer’s markets in every arrondissement. The city also hosts numerous food festivals throughout the year and for chocolate lovers, Salon du Chocolat is a must. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the festival brings together 500 participants for workshops, chef demos, tastings and even a chocolate fashion show. www.salon-du-chocolat.com

Le Cordon Bleu, Paris www.cordonbleu.edu/paris

Ottawa – As the largest visual arts museum in the country, the National Gallery of Canada houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of Canadian art. Permanent exhibits include the works of Canadian masters as well as European, American and others. Discover the inspiring stories that shaped the country through exhibits in the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. www.gallery.ca

Le Cordon Bleu, Ottawa – www.cordonbleu.edu/ottawa

Kyoto – As the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto is home to countless traditional crafts and arts including Kumihimo. Dating back a thousand years, Kumihimo is Japanese handicrafts made by weaving colored yarns together with the aid of a special instrument. Kumihimo Workshop Adachi offers the experience of making kumihimo bracelets and hair accessories. www.Kumihimo-Practice-Workshop.com

Le Cordon Bleu, Kyoto – www.cordonbleu.edu/kobe

Tokyo – Housing an extensive collection dedicated to photography and video, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography occupies four floors and includes a library with over 60,000 volumes. www.topmuseum.jp

Le Cordon Bleu, Tokyo – www.cordonbleu.edu/tokyo

Wellington – An internationally renowned design competition, the World of WearableArt (WOW) showcases the world’s best wearable art in a spectacular show attracting more than 60,000 people. Spanning three weeks, it’s a fashion show unlike any other. www.worldofwearableart.com

Le Cordon Bleu, Wellington – www.cordonbleu.edu/new-zealand

This article originally appeared on TravelSquire.