The Cordon Bleu scholarship is coming to Yorkshire to find the best culinary talent

As the UK struggles to meet demand for skilled chefs, the world’s most prestigious culinary arts, wine and management school, Le Cordon Bleu London announces the launch of its 2016 Scholarship Award.

This year’s winner will be awarded a place on the coveted Diplôme de Pâtisserie followed by a three month Diploma in Culinary Management, which in total will provide a student with a 12 month classical training alongside advanced culinary techniques and management studies.

With over 120 year’s heritage, Le Cordon Bleu has built a worldwide reputation in the Hospitality and Gastronomy industry, and as part of the 2016 scholarship Le Cordon Bleu has teamed up with star chef Francis Atkins to find the next culinary talent in the North and they will be at Yorke Arms on the 25th February to find  the next culinary talent

Le Cordon Bleu hope to tackle the shortage of chefs which threatens to change the restaurant landscape by finding and nurturing the best emerging culinary talent in the UK, helping them to gain traditional skills and develop a strong knowledge of the latest trends and culinary developments to support an adapting industry.


The Scholarship Award, which is now in its fifth year, includes accommodation in central London courtesy of our partner Urbanest and an internship with Clare Smyth MBE, at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, Hospital Road, Chelsea where Clare has been Head Chef for the past six years and became the first British female chef to hold and retain 3 Michelin Stars.

Francis Atkins, The Yorke Arms said: “I am delighted to be involved in the Cordon Bleu Scholarship especially at a time when there is such a shortage of skilled chefs in our industry. Also as a member of the RACA the “adopt a school” campaign is of great importance in encouraging young people. Le Cordon Bleu gives an opportunity of a lifetime to a passionate young person to receive a thorough and professional training and also experience some of our top restaurants. This is a fabulous opportunity for talent in the north of the country to succeed. I would have loved the opportunity!

Head Pâtisserie Chef at Le Cordon Bleu London, Julie Walsh comments: “The Scholarship offers a life changing opportunity for someone who has a passion for pâtisserie. There has never been a more relevant time than now, when the hospitality industry is experiencing a drastic shortage of young chefs with relevant training in traditional techniques. There really is no better way for them to take the first step on the ladder when it comes to finding their dream job.”

Partners Urbanest also said: “We are looking forward to continuing the support of this prestigious scholarship with Le Cordon Bleu. We also look forward to welcoming the winner to Urbanest and provide a great living experience that will help them make London their home for the duration of their course.”

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