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About Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago

About Our Cooking School in Chicago, Illinois


At Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, our culinary school programs are designed to help students pursue their passions and prepare them for professional opportunities in the international culinary, pâtisserie and baking, and hospitality industries.

Each Chicago cooking school student can receive a comprehensive, challenging education in classic culinary techniques combined with innovations and in global cuisine. They can learn through demonstration by chef instructors followed by hands-on, practical application.

Our cooking school curriculum includes important theoretical concepts and industry-relevant general education courses. Students also benefit from smaller class size in a creative, supportive community.

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Our Cooking School History

Our Chicago cooking school was founded in May of 1983 by Linda Calafiore, a passionate cook who wanted to share her love of great food.

To date, the Chicago cooking school has graduated thousands trained in the culinary field. 

In June 2000, The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago was invited to become affiliated with Le Cordon Bleu of Paris, one of the world's best-known culinary education programs.

About Le Cordon Bleu – Culinary Arts & Cooking School

Few institutions possess the prestige of a Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. Its internationally renowned culinary arts school curriculum has become synonymous with expertise, innovation, tradition, and refinement-qualities nurtured by the school.

Le Cordon Bleu was founded as a cooking school in Paris in 1895. Its name traces to a high honor bestowed upon members of the Order of the Holy Spirit by King Henry III in the 1500s.

The awarded medallion, called the Cross of the Holy Spirit, was suspended from a blue ribbon, or Le Cordon Bleu.

At the end of the 19th century, a collection of recipes called "La Cuisinière Cordon Bleu" was published to much acclaim. The book's success prompted its publisher to open a cooking school with the Cordon Bleu designation.

The cooking school's reputation spread fast, both in France and internationally. Since then, students throughout the world have trained in the culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu.

Le Cordon Bleu's arrival in the United States ushered in a new educational era in culinary arts that combines classical European techniques with modern American technology and training.

As a testament to their accomplishment, graduates receive a specialized associate degree or certificate, and the coveted Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Diplôme.

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, Illinois is an accredited culinary school by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604 312.263.0456 or 800.621.7440 www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

Mission Statement

The mission of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago is to prepare students to fulfill their career aspirations and to meet the needs of the food-service industry through quality culinary, pastry arts, hospitality and general education curriculums of higher education.

*Costs and financing options will be confirmed through the admissions & financial aid process, taking into account each individual's specific circumstances (transfer credits, need, 3rd party funding, etc.). An additional STRF fee is charged for schools in California. Future costs and financial aid estimates are subject to change. Results of the net price calculator are not guaranteed and special circumstances are review by the Financial Aid Office on a case-by-case basis. The accuracy of your estimated awards is based on the information you provide. It is intended for undergraduate domestic students. The estimated awards are based on the assumption that the student will complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Costs for online Bachelors programs based on online Associate Degree prerequisite. For more information visit our online culinary programs page.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.


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