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Le Grand Diplôme
Cuisine and Pastry Qualification

Le Grand Diplôme - Cuisine and pastry trainning in Le Cordon Bleu Paris culinary school

Le Grand Diplôme® is the most comprehensive program in French culinary education offered by Le Cordon Bleu. The course combines instruction in both cuisine and pastry disciplines. No other culinary institution provides as many practical courses under chef supervision.

Le Cordon Bleu is committed to providing students with an entire range of culinary techniques and to developing their own creativity and artistic expression. These courses provide an opportunity to master the French cuisine and pastry techniques that can then be applied to other cuisines of the world.

All courses are given in French and translated into English.

5 intakes each year: January, March, June, September and November.


Le Grand Diplôme combines two different courses: Cuisine and Pastry. Each course is made up of 3 different levels: Basic, Intermediate and Superior. A certificate is obtained on completion of each level.

Upon successful completion of the three certificate levels students will be awarded a Diplôme de Cuisine, a Diplôme de Pâtisserie and Le Grand Diplôme.

The program for Le Grand Diplôme is as follows:

Le Grand Diplôme - Cuisine diploma and pastry diploma in France
Le Grand Diplôme - Cuisine diploma and certificates in Paris Le Grand Diplôme - Pastry diploma and certificates in Paris


The weekly schedule could be organized as follows:

  • Diplôme de Cuisine: 3 demonstrations, 3 practical classes
  • Diplôme de Pâtisserie: 2 demonstrations, 2 practical classes.


The course schedule changes every week. Demonstrations and practical classes are scheduled between Monday and Saturday at any of the following times: 8:30am, 12:30p.m, 3:30p.m and 6:30p.m. The schedule is posted for the full session at the beginning of the term.


The most deserving students have the possibility of refining their skills through an internship (not remunerated) in renowned Parisian establishments. A good level of French is required for the internship.

The internship takes place once the diploma has been awarded. Only those students who have obtained the Grand Diplôme have the opportunity of applying for 2 internships of 2 months: one in cuisine and the other in pastry.

* Le Cordon Bleu does not guarantee an internship for each student

The total cost for Le Grand Diplôme is 44 800€

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Apply to Le Grand Diplôme Le Cordon Bleu to learn french cuisine and french pastry

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Career Opportunities

After obtaining Le Grand Diplôme, according to the student's level, possible career opportunities include:
  • Cuisine Chef
  • Pastry Chef
  • Gastronomy Critic
  • Chef Instructor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Culinary journalist
  • Food stylist
  • Personal Chef

Penny Shack - Le Grand Diplôme 2007
Executive Pastry Chef at Penny's Pastries, Chicago Le Cordon Bleu Alumni Testimonial - Penny Shack
"My experience in Paris made me a better person and very well equipped me to start my own business. For Penny's Pastries, I take recipes I learned at Le Cordon Bleu and transform them into delectables that people with food allergies or health issues can enjoy as well. Le Cordon Bleu helped me to be creative and focus on my passion, baking, which I am now grateful to say I can share with others"