Founded in 1986, the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute partnered with Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America to form the Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh. Today, Le Cordon Bleu offers students in Pennsylvania and various locations around the country the opportunity to study towards a variety of culinary degrees. Founded itself in 1895 in Paris, Le Cordon Bleu has a long history of culinary success behind it, today combining classical European techniques with modern American technology and training. Students are encouraged to express their creativity and grow while studying at LCB Pittsburgh, and explore global cuisines.
While at LCB Pittsburgh, students may elect from programs in four main culinary areas of study, Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts, Patisserie & Baking, Hospitality & Restaurant Management, and Culinary Techniques. Featuring associate of specialized technology degrees and a diploma in LCB Culinary Techniques, LCB Pittsburgh features state of the art student training facilities like a skill development kitchen; a stock, soup and sauce kitchen; a meat and poultry kitchen; a seafood/charcuterie kitchen; a pastry kitchen; a garde manger/classical/international cuisine kitchen; and a multipurpose kitchen. Class schedules are flexible to allow students to fit study into their already busy schedules, and some LCB programs are even offered online.
Dedicated to top quality, hands on training, LCB Pittsburgh caters to students looking to pursue careers in the food service and hospitality industry. With a strong emphasis on student emersion, students have the opportunity to study alongside professional instructors while gaining theoretical foundation and necessary technical skills. The professional chef instructors, small class sizes, industry-current campus facilities, career services, and academic guidance provided by LCB Pittsburgh all emphasize student based, real world learning experiences. LCB awards include Foodservice Educators Network International Educator of the Year, Gold and Silver medals in the Walt Disney World’s Sweetest Pastry Competition on Earth, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at American Culinary Federation regional competitions, and many more.
Le Cordon Bleu is professionally affiliated with many culinary, foodservice, hospitality and educational organizations such as the National Restaurant Association, the American Culinary Federation, the American Institute of Wine & Food, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, to name a few. With campuses across the country students may choose to study in any one of a number of campuses, each with distinct programs of study and degree offerings in cities such as Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Miami, FL; Orlando, FL; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; San Francisco, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO; remote study is also offered via the Bachelor of Arts in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Management Online.
Le Cordon Bleu campuses are each institutionally accredited by one of the following: the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, or The Higher Learning Commission. The Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools, and registered with the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education. Individual programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation, Inc., Accrediting Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.
Le Cordon Bleu Pittsburgh is proud to be home to the student run, open to the public restaurant Azure, 18. With students preparing and serving the meals, the local community can become part of the learning experience by heading to this on-campus dining establishment. A fine dining restaurant, Azure, 18 allows student to gain valuable industry experience while still under the guidance of LCB Pittsburgh education professionals. From hot to cold, pastry to prep, students learn about every aspect of the kitchen stations. In the front of the house students learn about quality service, while behind the scenes they receive valuable experience in restaurant marketing and management.
All prospective LCB Pittsburgh students are encouraged to begin the admissions process by meeting with an admissions representative for valuable advice, and a campus tour. All successful applicants will have met specific conditions prior to acceptance. Applicants must fill out the applications form, submit the application with the application fee, submit official high school transcripts or an equivalent, and undergo an admissions interview as arranged by a Le Cordon Bleu Admissions Representative. Some students may be required to provide proof of English proficiency prior to admission.
Le Cordon Bleu Pittsburgh asks that students be aware of the important deadlines for financial aid applications. Students may qualify for a variety of financial aid types such as federal grants and loans like the Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Federal Stafford Loan, the Federal PLUS Loan, and/or Federal Work Study. Some students may also elect to take out private loans.
In addition to a variety of Federal Aid opportunities, students may also earn merit based scholarships by participating in a Le Cordon Bleu scholarship competition. Available to high school seniors, the competitions are available to those who have completed an application, transcript, and an essay. Other competitions include the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Market Basket, the Le Cordon Bleu Pastry Market Basket, and a variety of additional scholarships.
Set in downtown Pittsburgh, students are able to take advantage of the bustling urban environment while still relying on a strong backbone of support services from LCB Pittsburgh. From the food service library and CECybrary virtual library, to the campus computer lab, students have access to a wide range of practical and technological resources. Additionally, students have access to the virtual student portal, and peer tutoring and mentor programs. In order to build professional and networking skills, there are many opportunities for students to stay active on campus with a variety of student clubs, special events, celebrity chef lectures, and culinary competitions. All students may participate in the S.T.A.R. program, in which students are paired in a one-on-one academic guidance relationship with a faculty advisor. Students may also participate in Le Cordon Bleu online communities, including faculty, friends, guests, and of course other students. Virtual communities exist on Myspace, Facebook, YouTube, and Chefs.com.
Those students in need of housing may contact Student Services for assistance in locating a furnished or unfurnished residence while studying at LCB Pittsburgh. Apartment placements are made based upon student needs, transportation limitations, and price range. Public transportation is available in and around the city of Pittsburgh.
Before, during, and after a student is enrolled in classes at LCB Pittsburgh, he or she has access to a wide variety of student services. Many students take advantage of LCB Career Services, as do many alumni with ongoing career-services assistance. Even current students may utilize career support services while looking for part-time employment, or an employer for an externship.
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Still thought of by many as a steel town, today Pittsburgh is home to an exciting cultural scene, and many recreational opportunities. With a relatively low cost of living, students have money left over after paying their tuition to enjoy the area’s art galleries, performing arts venues, restaurants, and many distinct and ethnic neighborhoods. There are plenty of opportunities to catch professional sports events with local teams the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates or Penguins. With the tranquil countryside nearby, including world-class wineries, the city is an ideal environment for students to learn and grow.
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