I will be starting the Diplôme de Cuisine this coming September in Le Cordon Bleu - London. I would want to know/hear stories on how the first day would be and how the student life would be? If you could also give me some tips to survive there, it would be very much appreciated! :-)
Life as a Student in Le Cordon Bleu - London
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@plumpycheeks (great username )
I honestly think that all "1st days" at culinary school are the same. That being you are simply trying to get a lay of the land and figure out who your peers are. My best advice to you is not to get caught up competing with your colleagues but focus on the task at hand which is understanding the basic principles of cooking. When I was in culinary school we had to partner with someone at certain phases and it is key you partner with the right person. Try to find someone who has several years experience not someone who has only cook in the field for a few months to just one year. Work with a more experienced person and this will challenge you.
Don't focus on grades but focus on asking as many questions of the chef as possible. Any extra events you can help the chef instructors out with sign up for. Fostering excellent relationships with the faculty will help you create bridges to great jobs when you graduate.
Here is an online journal of a culinary school student (quite dated but still relevant) here. It may be a good read for you:
There are a few reviews of the various LCB schools which you can start with here. Click on the "threads" or "reviews" link next to each.
Hope that helps you. Last but not least please post a review of the school here so it can help other students out.
Nicko is soo spot on. Especially teaming up with someone with more experience. Don't be intimidated. It like sports, if you golf or play tennis with someone better, you will usually do better.
Please remember: stay out of the politics! Don't put your business out in the street. If you have feeling about an instructor or such, keep them to yourself. just my 2cents.
Best of luck!!!!