City chef in the running for Le Grande Diplome


A city chef is one of just eight 18 to 24 year olds from across the UK being considered to study the world-renowned Le Grande Diplôme, run by Le Cordon Bleu at its Centre of Excellence in Bloomsbury Square, London.

The scholarship award includes accommodation in Central London and is worth more than £30,000. It also includes accommodation in the heart of the UK capital, courtesy of partners urbanest, as well as an internship programme at The Ritz London.

The Final of the Le Cordon Bleu Scholarship Award will take place next Thursday when the winner will be announced.

Kieran had to upload a video of himself explaining why he thought he would be a good candidate for the scholarship. The quality of the video saw him secure a place in the Semi Finals where he was then interviewed by a panel of Le Cordon Bleu judges.

He said: “I’m astonished to get this far. Reaching the finals of the Cordon Bleu Scholarship Award, has given me the confidence to move forward and build a career around my passion. With help from the world renowned Le Cordon Bleu, I believe this is possible.”

Speaking at the launch of this year’s scholarship contest earlier this year, Chef Alan Swinson, Culinary Arts Director at Le Cordon Bleu London, said;

“We are not looking for anyone with previous culinary experience – we are looking for a passionate individual who may not otherwise have the opportunity to study at Le Cordon Bleu. Indeed, the scholarship’s slogan is: ‘All you need is passion – we’ll teach you the rest.”