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!
On the way to the locker room, we were all shown how to get in and out of the school via the star-trek like barriers. (To go in and out of the school we need to scan our fingers!) Once everyone was through, we were shown to our pre-allocated lockers, where we tried on our cordon bleu uniforms and had the chance to swap out anything that didn’t fit. The teeny-tiny locker room. We got a huge bag of le cordon bleu uniform! Multiple chefs jackets, trousers, hats *cringe*, neckerchiefs, tea towels, aprons and oven cloths.
After that we were done for the day so another classmate and I headed to Cafe Le Cordon Bleu for some delicious freshly baked almond croissants (I had to scan my finger to pay!) There’s a lovely little courtyard with outdoor seating (shared between le cordon bleu and a few quaint little shops in the courtyard)which is perfect for the summer.
My classmate and I were both starving after the 4 hour orientation and we seemed to be the only two people that were actually excited about the course so we had a chat and tried to figure out the majorly complicated looking schedule. Cute highlighters were necessary for this complicated schedule!
Do you remember how I mentioned punctuality and I just don’t go together? Well, our group was allocated the morning slot for demonstrations (8am) and practicals (11.30am). Which means we have to be there at 7.45AM LATEST! 7.45AM!! Did I mention that I am NOT a morning person?! This is going to be interesting…