Le Cordon BleuLe Cordon Bleu and Birkbeck, University of London, partner to offer the most comprehensive culinary management qualification

Le Cordon Bleu and Birkbeck, University of London, partner to offer the most comprehensive culinary management qualification

BBA Culinary Industry Management- Birkbeck and Le Cordon Bleu

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The world’s most renowned culinary institute, Le Cordon Bleu London, has formed an alliance with Birkbeck, University of London, to jointly offer the culinary industry management BBA honours degree. This unique programme brings together the most essential components for those seeking a management career in the world of food and hospitality. Combining a robust foundation in culinary techniques together with management studies, this innovative course is the ultimate in modern food business education. 

At a time when the demand for high quality food (from Michelin star restaurants to gastropubs to "pop up" eateries) has never been higher, the impetus is on the education industry to equip tomorrow’s entrepreneurs with the necessary skills. This new BBA from Le Cordon Bleu and Birkbeck has been devised specifically to meet industry demands, combining essential project management and development skills required of today’s leading food entrepreneurs. With a global perspective, students will be given a unique insight into the operations of both small food businesses as well as large scale corporations. 

Birkbeck and Le Cordon Bleu London are two of the world’s leading education providers, excelling in their individual fields. Le Cordon Bleu has long been recognised for its dedication and commitment to delivering the highest standard of culinary education. Its London campus boasts some of the most advanced teaching facilities and equipment to prepare students for a successful career. Birkbeck is recognised at a global level as being one of the front-runners in academic research and provision of teaching excellence. 

Speaking of this exciting addition to the already extensive programme offering at Le Cordon Bleu London, chef Emil Minev, culinary arts director, said: “As a century-old institution, Le Cordon Bleu has long been at the forefront of culinary innovation and education. Adding something of the calibre of this bachelor’s honours degree to our programme offering, as well as partnering with the respected Birkbeck, University of London, is a significant milestone.

"We believe that this programme is uniquely positioned to offer future generations the opportunity to gain real life experience and knowledge of a rapidly growing and multifaceted industry.” 

Anita Walsh, senior lecturer at Birkbeck, added: “This latest partnership is a fitting chapter in Birkbeck’s long history of meeting the needs of working Londoners and will well-equip those looking to seize the chance to become part of the next generation of culinary leaders. We are very much looking forward to welcoming students for the first intake at the beginning of the next academic year.” 

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Completion of the three-year degree programme will open numerous doors for graduates, both in the UK and overseas. The course is ideally positioned for anyone seeking to carve out a career in restaurant development and operations; corporate and employee catering; retail and new product development; hospitality sales and marketing; public and private healthcare, and education procurement; large-scale catering; and those wishing to set up their own businesses.

Modules from Birkbeck’s Department of Management are taught through lectures and seminars, and modules that are based on professional practice and techniques are delivered at Le Cordon Bleu. These will consist of workshops, demonstrations and practical sessions in the renowned school’s state-of-the-art facilities. 

Students will also gain invaluable experience of a real food business work environment through a three-month internship while also developing academic, practical and interpersonal skills. The programme enables students to develop their research and presentation skills together with the ability to design, develop and implement systems that assist in the successful operation of a food business. The programme encourages forward thinking and the ability to develop ideas that may provide a positive contribution to the changing needs of the global food industry and the environment within which it operates. 


Year of entry 2018 

Start date October 2018

Location Central London 

Ucas code D690

Duration Three years full-time

Attendance Two to four days, evening or weekend classes, a week 

To apply visit: ucas.com

For more information on the programme visit: www.bbk.ac.uk

To learn more about Le Cordon Bleu London visit: cordonbleu.edu/london

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