Orientation day at Le Cordon Bleu London
Last friday was Orientation day at Le Cordon Bleu London. It was my first time visiting the school and I was surprised by how shiny and high tech everything was (not how I expected a traditional french culinary school to be!) I proceeded to join the line to get our fingers scanned and collected my le cordon bleu ID, uniform, schedules and an induction handbook. Once everyone had settled down, we had a welcome speech from the principle as well as a long mundane talk about fire drills, schedules, grading and attendance.
After the speeches, we were put into our basic patisserie groups and spent an hour or so touring around the school visiting the boulangerie, the demo rooms, the pastry kitchen and the cuisine kitchens. All the kitchens were spotless and decked out with shiny new equipment. The clean white demo rooms had flat screen TVs hanging from the ceiling with cameras pointing to the counter and a huge angled mirror on the ceiling. I’m not complaining because I know it’s to ensure that everyone has a great view but it felt a bit like a science lab!