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.