Culinary Arts Diploma Program

Program Overview

The Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Diploma is designed to help students prepare to explore opportunities in the culinary industry. You can expect to spend a significant amount of time in our commercial kitchens practicing and perfecting your skills. Experienced chefs can demonstrate culinary proficiencies and mentor you as you develop your creativity.

This hands-on program is all about food – preparing it, cooking it, serving it. The program progresses quickly from basic foundational skills to more advanced precision techniques that are the basis for creating any style of cuisine.

Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Diploma

Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Diploma Program Toolkit

Your Professional Grade Culinary Arts Toolkit

Your professional grade Culinary Arts toolkit includes: 10" steel -genesis- bulk, 3-1/2" paring Knife-genesis-bulk, 4" X 1" Knife guard, 6" boning knife-stiff-gen-bulk, 6" X 1" knife guard, 8" bread knife - gen- bulk, 8" X 1.5" knife guard, 9" chef's knife-genesis-bulk, 10" X 2" knife guard, pocket thermometer, large scraper – heat resistant, high heat fish turner, 12" exoglass spoon, measuring cup set, premium measuring cup set-4, 7 pocket case

Recipe For Success

Find your perfect ingredients to create a recipe for success.

Start with the Basics: Safety & Sanitation and Culinary Foundations I

Every good professional cook begins by learning the basics: kitchen organization, how to talk about food, handle it safely and keep work areas sanitary. As part of this cooking certificate program you’ll be taught:

  • The terminology, standards and organization used in working kitchens.
  • Stocks and sauces, and taste and flavor.
  • How to handle food safely from acquisition to service.
  • Culminating with the nationally-accredited ServSafe® Food Safety exam for certification required to work in a professional kitchen.

Explore Hands on: Culinary Foundations II

Roll up your sleeves and learn foundational techniques essential to any style of cooking:

  • Slice and dice with classical knife cuts.
  • Get to know measurements, formulas and following recipes.
  • Create stocks, mother sauces, and soups, and cook with vegetables, grains and egg.

Go to Work: Culinary Foundations III

Turn your evolving skills to meat and seafood preparation. You can learn:

  • Identification, butchery, and fabrication of meats and seafood.
  • Charcuterie − including curing, smoking, forcemeats, and sausage.
  • Introductory plating techniques.
  • Begin to realize your own style as you get familiar with Le Cordon Bleu techniques.

Get Baking: Baking & Pastry

Become acquainted with the sweeter side of food, as you learn the way to bake, decorate and create pâtisserie. As part of this culinary arts certificate program you’ll be taught:

  • The fundamentals: terminology, technology, equipment, measurement, and formula conversions.
  • Production of dough, cakes, icings, cookies, tarts, breads, custards, frozen desserts, chocolates, candies, and plated desserts.
  • Application of classical techniques and meeting the demands of modern-day bakeries.

Experience Global Cooking Styles: Cuisine Across Cultures

At Le Cordon Bleu, culinary arts school, our programs will allow you to taste different cuisines and how they influence each other.

Cater to a Bigger Audience: Catering & Buffets*

Get a culinary arts certificate and study the business side of catering theme parties, weddings, holidays, and special events. Through this hands-on culinary arts certificate course, you can learn:

  • Classical and contemporary garde manger techniques.
  • How to prepare and serve food in a variety of settings.
  • Cyclical menu development and business aspects of catering operations.
  • Food service from preparation to delivery on the customer’s plate.

* This course is offered in the 12 month certificate program currently offered at the Le Cordon Bleu campuses in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Portland, San Francisco, and Scottsdale. (In Los Angeles, Miami and Orlando this program is official known as the Diploma in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts.)

Take it to the Real World: Externship

Put your skills into practice in an actual restaurant, hospitality establishment or business:

  • Work alongside culinary professionals.
  • Apply and perfect your skills.
  • Gain irreplaceable immersion in the industry with progressive work-place experience.
  • Stay with the same site or explore somewhere new for your second externship.

What You Can Do Here

  • Gain insight on nutrition, dietary fads, and recipe modifications
  • Study the history of food and development of cuisine
  • Explore global culinary heritage, cultures and influences
  • Receive training in food safety and sanitation
  • Discover international cuisine
  • Learn what’s involved in catering and buffets
  • Become versed in terminology, organization of working kitchens, chefs’ tools, commercial equipment, and volume food preparation
  • Slice and dice with classical knife cuts
  • Develop your abilities with measurements, formulas and following recipes
  • Create stocks, mother sauces, and soups; cook with vegetables, grains and egg
  • Practice identification, butchery, and fabrication of meats and seafood
  • Prepare charcuterie – including curing, smoking, forcemeats, and sausage
  • Educate your palate to discern various tastes and flavors
  • Begin to develop your own style

Possible Careers*

  • Line Cook
  • Prep Cook
  • Cook II
  • Cook
  • Sous Chef
  • Garde Manger
  • Baking Assistant
  • Banquet Prep Cook
  • Cheese Manager
  • Chef
  • Chef de Partie
  • Culinary I
  • Grill Cook
  • Junior Chef de Partie
  • Prep Chef
  • Operations Manager
  • Pantry Cook
  • Research and Development Chef
  • Soup Chef

*Upon completion of the program, graduates should have the skills needed to pursue career opportunities in the culinary industry at an entry level. The various titles of “chef” generally apply to more advanced roles in the professional kitchen (for example, Sous Chef, Executive Chef). Graduates should not expect to become chefs upon graduation but are encouraged to work toward becoming a chef through the course of their careers. Le Cordon Bleu cannot guarantee employment or salary.

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*The Certificate in Culinary Arts at the Le Cordon Bleu campuses in Atlanta GA, Austin TX, Boston MA, Chicago IL, Las Vegas NV, Minneapolis/St. Paul MN, Portland OR, San Francisco CA, Sacramento CA, Scottsdale AZ, Seattle WA, and St. Louis MO is officially known as the Certificate in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts.

*The Certificate in Culinary Arts at the Le Cordon Bleu campuses in Los Angeles CA, Miami FL, and Orlando FL is officially known as the Diploma in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts.