Le Cordon Bleu College Of Culinary Arts In Las Vegas Serves Up Culinary Skills At World Food Championships

The students and chef instructors of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas are preparing for a culinary clash as they partner with the World Food Championships in Las Vegas taking place Nov. 7-10. In keeping with its commitment to connect students with industry leaders, more than 75 students will have the opportunity to use their culinary skills throughout the competition and interact with professional chefs and competition teams, allowing them to get a firsthand look at the latest industry trends and gain hands-on experience outside the classroom.

Le Cordon Bleu students will assist in a variety of positions throughout the weekend, including serving as sous chefs to competitors and creating mouthwatering dishes for the Ultimate Bacon Experience – an event that will have attendees sizzling throughout the weekend as they enjoy original culinary creations featuring this trendy ingredient. Amie Genovese, student at Le Cordon Bleu in Las Vegas, will test her competition skills as she takes on sandwich artisans from around the world during the World Sandwich Championship.

“Le Cordon Bleu is dedicated to giving our students the best professional experience possible to help them prepare for a career in the culinary or pastry arts,” said Chef Lachlan Sands, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas campus president, who will serve as a judge at the World Food Championships. “The World Food Championships is an energetic, competitive event that will give our students unparalleled experience to learn from and cook alongside talented chefs and home cooks from all over the country.”

Several chef instructors from the Le Cordon Bleu in Las Vegas campus will put their professional skills to use to compete for the title of World Food Champion and part of a $300,000 prize purse. Chef Mark Levasseur, chef director of career services, will face off in the 2013 World Burger Championship, seeking the perfect ratio of burger to bun in this mouthwatering competition. Chef Kathy Wessman, the school’s director of education, will compete in the World Dessert Championship, bringing her best sweet treats to the table. Chef Instructor Elizabeth Martinez will showcase her bacon skills in the Bacon World Championship.

“The World Food Championships is an incredible event that celebrates and recognizes the world’s best food competitors,” said Jeff Morris, communication director at World Food Championships. “Now in the second year of our partnership, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas has proved an ideal partner in the competition and has been with us every step of the way – the time and hard work the students and instructors donate allow us to continually raise the bar and present the best in culinary competition to our guests.”

Attracting more than 300 competitors from around the world, the World Food Championships is one of today’s largest high stakes food competitions. The four-day food festival and cooking competition features the best of the best in seven food categories, including: BBQ, chili, burgers, sandwiches, bacon, dessert and a World Recipe Championship featuring winners of online recipe contests. It all comes down to the Final Table where the category winners face off for the chance to be crowned World Food Champion and take home part of the $300,000 total prize purse.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas offers certificate and associate degree programs in culinary and patisserie and baking. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning from experienced chef instructors who understand the industry. To find out more about Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas or any of the other 15 Le Cordon Bleu campuses, visit: www.chefs.edu.

About Le Cordon Bleu

Le Cordon Bleu is a leading provider of quality culinary arts education worldwide. Our network of 16 schools in the United States offers culinary students hands-on education with faculty dedicated to providing students with the necessary skills, knowledge, support and guidance to pursue career opportunities in the culinary and hospitality industry. Find disclosures on employment rates, financial obligations and other disclosures at www.chefs.edu/disclosures. Le Cordon Bleu cannot guarantee employment or salary. Le Cordon Bleu is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information about Le Cordon Bleu, visit www.chefs.edu.

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About the World Food Championships

The World Food Championships is a yearlong, world-wide search for the best team, cook or chefs in competition food sport. The event culminates in a 4-day high-stakes food fight to name the ultimate World Food Champion. Major bragging rights and $300,000 are on the line as competitors, from Pros to average Joes, earn their right to compete in tournament process in Downtown Las Vegas. The seven-category World Food Championships will take place at the Fremont Street Experience on Nov. 7-10. To learn more, visit www.worldfoodchampionships.com.

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