New York’s Institute of Culinary Education Will Launch Pasadena Cooking School at Former Site of Cordon Bleu

Published : Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | 8:41 PM

Pasadena will soon be home to a new location of a prestigious accredited culinary school based in New York City.

Pasadena city officials confirmed Tuesday there are plans by the Institute of Culinary Education, which goes by the abbreviation ICE, to revamp the now-unused Pasadena campus that was formerly the site of the renowned culinary school Le Cordon Bleu at 521 E. Green Street.

“We’re delighted to know that we continue to have a gourmet cooking culinary training ground here in Pasadena,” said City of Pasadena spokesman William Boyer.

The three-story building spans Green Street from South Oakland Avenue to South Madison Avenue and for years was the scene of bustling Cordon Bleu teaching kitchens filled with hundreds of students every semester.

In 2015, Le Cordon Bleu closed all its schools in the U.S. and abandoned its well-equipped campus in Pasadena.

A media report at the time said the first Cordon Bleu opened its doors in Paris in 1895, and is probably still best known as the alma mater of American chef Julia Child, who attended the Paris school early in her career.

EATER LA said the planned Pasadena ICE campus will be only the second campus for the 47-year-old cooking institute as it starts on an expansion plan that will open certificate avenues for those looking to hone their skills on the culinary arts, pastry and baking, or even restaurant management.

Classes in ICE’s Pasadena campus will reportedly be offered in six- to 13-month installments.

According to EATER LA report, the new ICE culinary campus is slated to accept enrollees by the middle part of 2018 at the latest.

City officials said they could not comment on reports that construction is set to get underway on ICE’s Pasadena campus in the coming months that is said to be minimal.




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