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    Hello guys,
    I hope you are all well.
    I have a desire to study at Le Cordon Bleu in London, but it's very expensive an I don't know if it's worth it because:
    I am not intending to get a career in the culinary arts. I love cooking and French cookery in particular. I dream of learning the techniques of French cooking. So can anyone tell me if they took part in their courses without wanting to become a chef? Do you think the moeny is worth it?

    Thanks a lot!
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    Basic Cuisine is £5,833 then al three (Cuisine Diploma) for £15,799 should you want pastries it goes over £20k :eek: personally I think that is a rip off as you could buy a book, ingredients and utensils and do it in your own home for £300 about

    Mastering the Art of French Cooking looks to be a good book to start with as it goes from the basics to advanced apparently
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    (Original post by tehFrance)
    Basic Cuisine is £5,833 then al three (Cuisine Diploma) for £15,799 should you want pastries it goes over £20k :eek: personally I think that is a rip off as you could buy a book, ingredients and utensils and do it in your own home for £300 about

    Mastering the Art of French Cooking looks to be a good book to start with as it goes from the basics to advanced apparently
    HI,
    thanks for your reply!


    I considered buying the books BUT I am awful at cooking and need someone to demonstrate the technique.
    I would really like to attend a cookery school that concentrates on French cuisine, but Le Cordon Bleu is reallllllllllllly expensive. Do you know of other, cheaper alternatives?
    I looked at Westminster Kingsway college (in London). They run part-time courses and apparently it's good for the culinary arts, BUT it does not specialise in French cooking.


    I read the book by Julia Child! But the measures are in cups and I only understand the 'European' system (ml, l, grams etc).
    Though whenever I watch Julie and Julia, I feel like reading the book.
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    (Original post by itzme)
    HI,
    thanks for your reply!


    I considered buying the books BUT I am awful at cooking and need someone to demonstrate the technique.
    I would really like to attend a cookery school that concentrates on French cuisine, but Le Cordon Bleu is reallllllllllllly expensive. Do you know of other, cheaper alternatives?
    I looked at Westminster Kingsway college (in London). They run part-time courses and apparently it's good for the culinary arts, BUT it does not specialise in French cooking.
    I'll level with you cooking basics are the same for nearly everything, it only really starts to differ after the basics so doing a part time course that teaches the basics would be good as you can then build on that to specialise in French cookery styles

    I don't know any cheaper alternatives as I had on the job training (as well as teaching from dad) which was great as I was paid :cool:

    Can I ask why you want to learn French cooking in particular?
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    (Original post by tehFrance)
    I'll level with you cooking basics are the same for nearly everything, it only really starts to differ after the basics so doing a part time course that teaches the basics would be good as you can then build on that to specialise in French cookery styles

    I don't know any cheaper alternatives as I had on the job training (as well as teaching from dad) which was great as I was paid :cool:

    Can I ask why you want to learn French cooking in particular?
    Because I spent some years in France (in Brittany: Brest). I fell in love with the food there because the quality of the ingredients is really good and the recipes themselves are tasty! I really miss the food and the food industry is very specialised (there are things you get there readily, but which are a bit more difficult to find here).
    Can I ask you if you are studying culinary arts/working in this industry, as you are speaking of 'on the job training'?
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    (Original post by itzme)
    Because I spent some years in France (in Brittany: Brest). I fell in love with the food there because the quality of the ingredients is really good and the recipes themselves are tasty! I really miss the food and the food industry is very specialised (there are things you get there readily, but which are a bit more difficult to find here).
    Can I ask you if you are studying culinary arts/working in this industry, as you are speaking of 'on the job training'?
    Ah cool, I agree that you can get ingredients a lot easier in France than the UK... some of the sauces :drool:

    I worked in the industry for 3 years, I don't any more though I personally think that working and getting on the job training is a lot better than going to a school but then again I am bias as it is the route I took
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    Just go and buy some measuring cups. They are cheap. Bear in mind that UK cups are a slightly different size to US cups, but it's not going to make a massive difference
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    (Original post by itzme)
    But the measures are in cups and I only understand the 'European' system (ml, l, grams etc).
    Just saw your edit, This maybe of help
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    i'm heading to cordon bleu in january, (in paris rather than london), and doing the 8 month long grand diplome. Personally, I think that for the prices that they offer it would be far to expensive to just be taking the course for mere whim. however, it is more of a personal decision as if you consider the sklls that you would learn to be eternally helpful, then you could consider the prices as somewhat ok.... up to you though. x
 
 
 
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