Culinary and hospitality school Le Cordon Bleu London has announced the launch of its annual Julia Child Scholarship which aims to provide aspiring food entrepreneurs with the first steps to business success.
The prize, worth over £40,000, includes a place on Le Cordon Bleu’s Diplôme de Pâtisserie, recognised globally as one of the most respected culinary qualifications in pastry and baking; a three month Le Cordon Bleu Diploma in Culinary Management; an internship at the Savoy Hotel; and 12 months luxury accommodation provided by Londonist. The prize will be presented to the winner by the school’s alumna and former judge on the Great British Bake Off, Mary Berry.
This year the school has teamed up with some of its most successful alumni to provide additional mentorship to the winner, including Luiz Hara; Georgia Green; Dhruv Mittal and Evelina Ogorzalek. The winner will also receive an exclusive prize from Churchill, manufacturer of innovative tableware, as well as a 12 month membership with The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and tickets to The Business Show.
The second and third place runners-up will receive ZWILLING Diplôme knives.
Culinary arts director at Le Cordon Bleu, chef Emil Minev, said: “As an institute with a rich heritage spanning over 120 years, Le Cordon Bleu has a long-standing reputation of training the finest chefs and most innovative Food Entrepreneurs in the world. This year’s Scholarship will showcase this and offers a unique platform for those with exciting food business ideas.”
National chairman of the FSB, Mike Cherry, added: “FSB is excited to be partnering with Le Cordon Bleu for the 2019 Julia Child Scholarship. It’s fantastic that the scholarship this year is looking to reward someone with a fresh and innovative food or drink business idea. Despite the pressures facing many small businesses, particularly those on the high street, there’s a world of opportunity to succeed as a food and drink entrepreneur.
“I’m delighted that we will be giving honorary FSB membership to the Scholarship winner. This will set them on their thrilling enterprise journey and help them to thrive.”