Representatives from the 13 campuses of Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America (LCBNA) participated in the 56th annual American Culinary Federation (ACF) convention in Philadelphia. The event is one of the largest annual gatherings of culinarians in the country.
ACF is the largest and most prestigious organization dedicated to professional chefs in the United States. More than 1,800 chefs, culinarians and food service representatives attended the convention, which featured cooking competitions, industry workshops and a variety of unique culinary events.
LCBNA, which is part of the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Division of Career Education Corporation, took home numerous awards and offered insights into the world of culinary education to conference participants.
This marked LCBNA’s fourth year as a Grand Platinum sponsor of the convention. Many of the schools’ chefs and graduates provided educational insight to culinary professionals, dazzled attendees with large sugar showpieces, and wowed a sold-out room with a demonstration celebrating classical culinary techniques.
“It is just amazing to see our chefs come together and showcase their shared passion for the culinary industry,” said Kirk Bachmann, Vice President of Education for Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America. “The convention was a great success for our schools and our partners at Le Cordon Bleu International.”
Several LCBNA chefs and graduates were recognized for their culinary talents at the convention:
– Eddie Tancredi, a 2003 Pennsylvania Culinary Institute graduate, received a gold medal and Best of Show in the ACF Cold-Food Salon. He is in the final year of the ACF Apprentice Program at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
– Chefs Ron Herbinko and Peter Locante of Pennsylvania Culinary Institute were inducted into the ACF’s culinary honor society, the American Academy of Chefs.
– Chef Joseph Utera from Orlando Culinary Academy won two bronze medals for his sugar showpieces in the convention’s Salon competition.
“These recognitions speak highly of the Le Cordon Bleu program and our people,” said Bachmann. “The culinary industry is a dynamic, growing industry, and shows no signs of slowing. It is such an honor for our schools and chefs to be considered among the best.”
Also while attending the event, LCBNA held their annual Culinary Education Council meeting. Educational leaders from each of the 13 LCBNA locations attended the meeting.Chef Angela Goodman, the Executive Chef from the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, Calif., was presented with the Prix d’Excellence, an honor given to a single LCBNA chef each year.
About Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America
Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America is the largest provider of quality culinary arts education. Few institutions possess the distinguished reputation of Le Cordon Bleu, which established its first culinary school in Paris in 1895. Today, Le Cordon Bleu operates schools in London, Tokyo, Ottawa and Sydney in addition to its Paris location, and offers programs in Australia, Mexico and Brazil. There are currently 13 schools in the Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America network, offering programs in Le Cordon
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About Career Education Corporation
The colleges, schools and universities that are part of the Career Education Corporation (CEC) family offer high-quality education to more than 95,000 students around the world in a variety of career-oriented disciplines. The 80-plus campuses that serve these students are located throughout the U. S., Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates and offer doctoral, Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate degrees and diploma and certificate programs. Approximately one third of students attend the web-based virtual campuses of American InterContinental University Online and Colorado Technical University Online.
CEC is an industry leader whose gold-standard brands are recognized globally. Those brands include Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America, Harrington College of Design, Brooks Institute of Photography, Katharine Gibbs Schools; American InterContinental University, Colorado Technical University and Sanford-Brown Institutes and Colleges. The mission of CEC, through its schools, its educators and its employees is education – their primary goal, to enable students to graduate successfully and pursue rewarding careers.
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