A New Year, A New You: CEC Brings Le Cordon Bleu(R) Brand Name and Education to Its Culinary Campuses Nationwide

Le Cordon Bleu Challenge Event Celebrates Culinary Excellence

Jan 05, 2010, 09:30 ET from Career Education Corporation

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Career Education Corporation (CEC) brings the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu® brand name to its culinary campuses nationwide, now known as Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. The transition to the Le Cordon Bleu name reflects a continued commitment, on behalf of the faculty and staff, to provide students with the foundation for a fulfilling career opportunity in the hospitality industry. The name change will officially be recognized with a ribbon cutting ceremony during the Le Cordon Bleu Challenge Events being held at local Le Cordon Bleu schools across the nation on Jan. 14, which marks the first-ever cooking demonstration on an electric stove at Le Cordon Bleu Paris in 1896.

Alumni chefs, local area personalities and students will compete for the "Le Cordon Bleu" title by putting a modern twist on the classic Poulet Saute aux Fines Herbes (Sauteed Chicken with Herbs). Attendees will be able to taste the competition dish created by each team and vote to determine the winner. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the local Ronald McDonald House.

"With this transition, Le Cordon Bleu is proud to provide students across the country with the foundation for a fulfilling career opportunity in the hospitality industry," said Chef Kirk T. Bachmann, vice president, academics, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. "This competition highlights the great tradition of Le Cordon Bleu and the passion for cooking shared by our students, instructors and alumni."

Le Cordon Bleu Challenge events will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited. Entry to the event is $25 per person. To purchase tickets, please visit http://lecordonbleu.eventbrite.com and be sure to take a look at www.chefs.edu for more information about Le Cordon Bleu. Follow Le Cordon Bleu on Facebook and on Twitter @LCBSchools.

The following schools are hosting events:



    Atlanta, Ga.                Austin, Texas
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    Le Cordon Bleu College of
     Culinary Arts              Texas Culinary Academy
    1927 Lakeside Parkway       11400 Burnet Road, Ste. 2100
    Tucker, GA 30084            Austin, TX 78758
    770.938.4711                512.837.2665

    Boston, Mass.               Chicago, Ill.
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    Le Cordon Bleu College of    Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
     Culinary Arts               in Chicago
    215 First St.               361 West Chestnut St.
    Cambridge, MA 02142         Chicago, IL 60610
    617.218.8088                312.944.0882

    Dallas, Texas               Las Vegas, Nev.
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    Le Cordon Bleu Institute of
     Culinary Arts              Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
    11830 Webb Chapel Road      1451 Center Crossing Road
    Dallas, TX 75234            Las Vegas, NV 89144
    214.647.8500                702.851.5322

    Los Angeles, Calif.         Miami, Fla.
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    Le Cordon Bleu College of
     Culinary Arts              Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
    530 E Colorado Blvd.        3221 Enterprise Way
    Pasadena, CA 91101          Miramar, FL 33025
    626.405.1561                954.438.8828

    Minneapolis, Minn.          Orlando, Fla.
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    Le Cordon Bleu College of
     Culinary Arts              Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
    1315 Mendota Heights Road   8511 Commodity Circle
    Mendota Heights, MN 55120   Orlando, FL 32819
    651.675.4700                407.313.8792

    Pittsburgh, Pa.             Portland, Ore.
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    Pennsylvania Culinary
     Institute                  Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
    717 Liberty Ave.            600 SW 10th Ave.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222        Portland, OR 97205
    412.566.2433                503.414.8354

    Sacramento, Calif.          Scottsdale, Ariz.
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    Le Cordon Bleu College of
     Culinary Arts              Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
    2450 Del Paso Road          4301 North Scottsdale Road
    Sacramento, CA 95834        Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    916.830.6220                480.425.3025

    Seattle, Wash.              St. Louis, Mo.
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    Le Cordon Bleu College of
     Culinary Arts              Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
    360 Corporate Drive North   7898 Veterans Memorial Parkway
    Tukwila, WA 98188           St. Louis, MO 63376
    206.268.3888                636.696.4850


About Le Cordon Bleu

Le Cordon Bleu (LCB) is the largest provider of quality culinary arts education. Our network of 17 schools in the United States offers culinary students a hands-on education with faculty dedicated to providing students with the necessary skills, knowledge, support and guidance to pursue fulfilling career opportunities in the culinary arts. LCB does not guarantee employment or salary and is a member of the Career Education Corporation (Nasdaq: CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information about Le Cordon Bleu, go to www.Chefs.edu.

Le Cordon Bleu ® and the Le Cordon Bleu logo are registered trademarks of Career Education Corporation.

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