For years I’ve been proud that Le Cordon Bleu, the world renowned network of institutes dedicated to pro-viding the highest level of culinary instruction, operated nearby on Lakeside Parkway. In 2016, Le Cordon Bleu International announced that all of its U.S. locations will be discontinued and will no longer accept applications for students. 16 institutes in American major league cities, including Atlanta, are currently winding down.
My colleagues and I annually enjoyed luncheons at the local Le Cordon Bleu school training restaurant, staffed by talented students who were almost chefs. They served gourmet cuisine in a spotless dining room with very reasonable prices and no tipping allowed. It was worth following rules requiring rigid scheduling, because the experience was fun, educational and delicious. Le Cordon Bleu, founded in Paris in 1895, is fa-mous for its continuous training of master chefs who have preserved techniques of French gastronomy for more than 500 years.
As Le Cordon Bleu institutes in the U.S. teach their final students in culinary programs, the locations will be bought out by Career Education Corporation (CEC) which is independently owned and will assume operation of the schools. Le Cordon Bleu International will continue to run its flagship school in Paris and its many institutes around the world all the way to Tokyo. As Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta at Northlake finishes its remaining pro-grams, we wish it a fond Adieu.
Dr. Paul Hudson, a historian at GSU Perimeter College, writes columns for Hometown News.