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Experience Los Angeles

Learn more about Los Angeles

Experience Los Angeles, CA

Seasoned with Celebrities, Style, and Cultural and Lifestyle Diversity

Living around Los Angeles opens the door to the best of the west coast - great weather, sunny beaches, spectacular shopping, cutting edge cuisine, alternative lifestyles, endless recreational and cultural options, and every fashion taste - from the couture style of Rodeo Drive to the street chic of Melrose Avenue. Our school has two campuses, in Hollywood and Pasadena, within easy access to Southern California's innovative dining scene. The LA campus is in the legendary heart of the movie industry, and the campus in Pasadena (birthplace of Julia Child) is in a fashionable and artistic community with a large student population in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The LA area is a crossroads of cultures and cuisines and boasts many of the top restaurants in the country as well as a multitude of ethnic eateries. The city is heavily influenced by the cuisine of Mexico and Central America. As part of the Pacific Rim, LA's culinary culture also includes Asian specialties. There are sushi bars throughout the city and also clustered in downtown Japantown. Koreatown is filled with kim chi and delicacies far beyond the well-known Korean BBQ. Thai Town features markets and affordable curries, soups and spicy meats, just minutes away from Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Suburbs like Monterey Park boast the best noodle houses this side of Shanghai. Seafood? LA hauls theirs in from local beaches. Classic Californian? LA invented it. The street food/food truck experience of LA is a whole other world - and at the historic LA Farmer's Market, students could rub elbows with top chefs and movie stars shopping for fresh local produce.(1)

  1. http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-cities-for-foodies/13

Learn More About Los Angeles

Find out more about this city's attractions and notable chefs by clicking on any of the options listed below.

Unique Attractions

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  • Hollywood Walk of Fame (LA)
  • The Kodak Theater (Academy Awards) (LA)
  • Hollywood Boulevard (LA)
  • Sunset Boulevard (LA)
  • Santa Monica Pier (LA)
  • Venice Beach (LA)
  • Universal Studios Hollywood (LA)
  • Pro Sports (Lakers, Kings, Galaxy, Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, Sparks) (LA)
  • Huntington Library (Pasadena)
  • Botanical Gardens (Pasadena)
  • The World's Largest Flea Market (Pasadena)
  • The Pasadena Playhouse (Pasadena)
  • Annual Art Night Pasadena (Pasadena)
  • Norton Simon Art Museum (Pasadena)
  • The Rose Bowl/Bowl Parade (Pasadena)

Social & Culinary Attraction

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  • Chicks with Knives
  • Los Angeles Foodies
  • Street Eats Festival
  • Picnic De Chefs
  • The American Culinary Federation, LA
  • Intern. Assoc. of Culinary Professionals (LA regional conferences)
  • Taste of LA/Taste of Pasadena
  • Sunset Junction Street Fair
  • Malibu Chowder Festival
  • LA County Fair
  • Original Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax
  • Farmers Markets in Montrose, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica
  • Academy Awards, Governors Ball (catering with Wolfgang Puck)
  • Emmy Awards (catering with Patina Restaurant Group)
  • Grilled Cheese Invitational
  • Los Angeles Magazine Food Event (features great chefs' demos, culinary experts' panels, sommeliers, unlimited food and beverages all for one price)
  • Underground Supper Clubs
  • Melting Pot - Walking food tours
  • LA Food & Wine Festival
  • LA Street Food Festival
  • Chefs Center of California
  • Pasadena Collegiate Field Tournament
  • Art Night Padadena
  • Pasadena Home Tours
  • Celebrity-owned restaurants

Los Angeles Area Chefs

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  • Wolfgang Puck (Spago, Cut, Chinois, WP24, and more)
  • Jose Andres (Bazaar, SLS Hotel Beverly Hills)
  • Armando Martinez (Red O - Rick Bayless Hollywood; graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Los Angeles)
  • Amanda Baumgarten (The Walter Grill, graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in London; Top Chef Season 7 contestant)
  • David Tang (Spago Beverly Hills - a Wolfgang Puck restaurant)
  • Stefan Richter (Stefan's LA Farm; Stefan's on Montana)
  • Michael Voltaggio (Ink)
  • Ilan Hall (The Gorbals)
  • CJ Jacobson  (The Yard; Alumni of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Los Angeles, formerly CSCA)
  • Betty Fraser  (Grub)
  • Fabio Viviani  (Firenze Osteria)
  • Onil Chibas  (Elements Café and Catering; graduate of Le Cordon Bleu)
  • Vicente del Rio  (Frida)
  • Tom Colicchio  (Craft; Top Chef Judge)
  • Johnny Shook & Vinny Dotolo (Animal; young gun chefs)
  • Nobu Matsuhisa  (Matsuhisa)
  • Suzanne Goin  (Lucques)
  • Nancy Silverton  (Osteria Mozza and Capanile; graduate of Le Cordon Bleu London)
  • Mario Batali  (Osteria Mozza)
  • Akira Hirose  (Maison Akira)
  • Denise Weber  (Violet's Cakes; Le Cordon Bleu graduate)
  • Joachim Splichal  (Patina)
  • Ludovic Lefebvre  (LudoBites)
  • And Much More!

We are one of only a few culinary schools that offer Spanish-language programs. Learn more


 

Average Temperatures

  • January 48° – 67°
  • July 63° – 83°

Nicknames

  • City of Angels (LA)
  • Tinseltown (LA)

Neighborhoods

  • Hollywood
  • Santa Monica
  • West Los Angeles
  • Glendale/Burbank
  • Long Beach
  • Eagle Rock
  • Atwater Village
  • Playhouse District (Pasadena)
  • Old Pasadena
  • South Lake Avenue (Pasadena)
  • And More

Transportation

  • LA County MTA (bus, light rail, subway)
  • Metrolink (commuter rail)
  • Metro Rapid (bus)
  • Pasadena Area Rapid Transit

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