LAS VEGAS -- Another notch will be carved into Las Vegas' culinary
belt this summer when the world-renowned cooking institute, Le
Cordon Bleu, opens a branch in the Summerlin area.
There are fewer than a dozen schools in the U.S. bearing this
name and fewer than two dozen in the world.
The curriculum is the same as the one offered in Paris but with
some Las Vegas enhancements, said San Francisco native Jennifer
White, president and motivating force behind the Las Vegas
Assisting her will be the school's director of education, Susan
Roe, who brings to the equation experience as a culinary trainer at
both Rio Suite and Bellagio.
While their proscribed Le Cordon Bleu program lasts 15 months (a
year in school and three months' externship), there still is much
that can be of interest to clients.
A retail store will open at the same time as the school and will
offer, White said, "chef uniforms, chef pants, both with the Le
Cordon Bleu logo, plus cookbooks and textbooks as well as cooking
utensils and other kitchen items." The shop also will include a
Food service for the public will go up a notable notch when the
school's full-service restaurant opens at some future date.
And well before that, perhaps this fall, White expects to begin
offering single-day classes and spousal programs.
And what if Las Vegas visitors who add Le Cordon Bleu to the
itinerary are inspired to sign on as full-time students?
The school can help with housing through an agreement with an
agency that arranges discounted apartment living and roommate
Opening day for this 60,000-square-foot facility is July 14.
Tourists and tomorrow's chefs will find it in the Crossing Business
Center, 1451 Center Crossing Road, near the intersection of Town
Center and Summerlin Parkway. For more information, call (702)
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