Cordon Bleu Certificate

The 1 term Cordon Bleu Certificate course is suited to those seeking advanced cookery training. Completion of this course can lead to the very best in Gap Year employment opportunities, a fun filled year out or a fantastic grounding for those looking to develop a career in food and hospitality and gain a Level 2 Diploma qualification.

We have been running this course since 1954, which has led to its global recognition as one of the leading foundation level culinary training programmes.

  • Want to come with a group of friends? We offer discounts for group bookings. Call one of the team to find out more.
Fees£5,950 £5,950–£8,900
DaysMonday - Friday
Time9:30 AM - 4:45 PM
Duration1 Term

* Subject to our annual fee review in April of each year, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

What you will learn

Your course will begin with an introduction to working in a professional kitchen environment, incorporating practical skill development such as knife skills, before moving on to the foundations of professional cookery.

Similar to our shorter 4 week courses, lessons are designed to include techniques that will build your understanding of how food changes as you cook. The Certificate course then takes you to the next level of ability, looking deeper in to various areas of cookery and adding supporting theory lessons – helping you to better understand the food that you cook, make adjustments and produce recipes of your own. We aim to make these lessons as engaging as possible to help your learning process. You will often find that lessons are accompanied by interactive activities, where you can put what you have learned to the test in fun, quick fire, digital quizzes.

This combination of practical cookery and theory classes will build a foundation level of understanding in all areas of cookery including menu planning, budgeting and presentation skills.

You will be taught in a small group of no more than 10 students, with a heavy emphasis on time spent in our state of the art kitchens. During the course you may also have the opportunity to benefit from meat and fish lectures presented by leading industry experts in our demonstration theatre.

The Cordon Bleu Certificate course also incorporates the CTH Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills, a Level 2 Award in Food Safety and a 1 day Wine Course with Master of Wine, John Downes.

What’s included?

As with all our courses, there are no hidden extras. The course fee includes everything you need to complete your course. We do not charge extra for recipe books, uniform or knives. The course fee includes:

  • Professional chef’s whites
  • Chef’s apron
  • Chef’s knives
  • Tante Marie Recipe file
  • All ingredients and equipment
  • Lunch
  • Lifetime access to our Virtual Learning Environment Alumni Resources and Jobs Portals

In addition to the above, students will have access to our extensive library of cookery books as well as ongoing careers advice and support from our knowledgeable teachers and support team.

Virtual Learning

The Academy’s bespoke Virtual Learning Environment has been designed and configured by our teachers to support students with their studies and supplement their practical learning.

This online platform allows students access to extensive resources any time they wish, from anywhere in the world, via a computer or mobile device. Features include:

  • Personal Development Journals – A place for students to log how their course is progressing and communicate successes or concerns to their tutor mentor. This is also a great place for students to upload photos of their culinary creations to track how they have improved over the course of their training.
  • Lesson Notes & Student Discussion Forums – Here students have access to theory class notes and open forums where they can discuss specific classes with their fellow students – a great place to share constructive feedback.
  • Supplementary Learning – Certificate students also have access to supplementary training via our Virtual Learning Environment. Here they can independently work through various resources such as the Tante Marie ‘Guide to Chalet Hosting’ to support their culinary studies.
  • ‘How To’ Videos & Revision Quizzes
  • Graduate resources including hospitality management guides and jobs portals

Once graduated, our students will also have exclusive access to the Tante Marie Recipe App giving them on and off line access to a digital copy of their valuable Certificate recipe file, from anywhere in the world.

CTH Exam Fee:

The exam awarding body charge an assessment and certification fee. This is out of our control and is the only cost not included in our course fee. The CTH Exam Fee is currently £235 and is an optional cost for those wishing to gain the CTH Level 2 Diploma Culinary Skills.

Coursework & Homework

Students are expected to spend some time revising theory and practicing cooking at home.

Exams & Assessment

Assessment on Tante Marie’s Cordon Bleu Certificate course consists of both theory and practical exams. This includes CTH assessment spread over two days and a final practical and theory exam.

Qualifications Gained
  • Level 2 Award in Food Safety
  • Tante Marie Cordon Bleu Certificate
  • CTH Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills

Details of all qualifications and accreditations available at Tante Marie Culinary Academy can be found here.

Career Prospects

Completion of the Tante Marie Cordon Bleu Certificate course gives graduates the skills needed to begin a career as a junior chef, or even establish their own catering business.

Many graduates go on to gain work in one of the numerous areas within the hospitality sector – building their skills towards successful careers – including non-cooking roles such as journalism, food photography and events management. Some graduates decide to continue their studies and enrol on the Tante Marie Intensive Cordon Bleu Diploma, to hone their skills even further.

Tante Marie graduates are known for their unsurpassed standards and professional discipline, which puts them in high demand from ski chalet employers. We work with a wide network of companies who regularly offer industry advice and interviews to our students.

Graduate Success Story

Dan Davies

Previous role: University graduate
Course attended: Intensive Cordon Bleu Diploma, 2009
New career: Head Chef, Angela Hartnett’s Café Murano
Career earnings: £45,000 per annum

On graduating from university, Dan found himself among the many hundreds of other graduates vying for jobs. Knowing that what he really wanted was a career in food, he decided to enrol on the Intensive Cordon Bleu Diploma at Tante Marie. Six months later, he graduated and Dan is now living his dream as Sous Chef at Angela Hartnett's latest offering - Café Murano which opened in November 2013 in London...

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