10 Things Every NCOTY Semi-Finalist Should Read Before the Big Day

To help prepare the commendable NCOTY and YNCOTY semi-finalists, Le Cordon Bleu has helped collate ten fascinating hints and tips to prepare you for the big day taking place on 19th June at the renowned culinary arts school.

  1. Parking spaces

Parking and unloading is available in front the Bloomsbury Square school allowing easy access onto the premises. There is a secure parking just in front, plus you can book your guaranteed space in advance right here. For those taking public transport, the nearest underground stations are Holborn, Russel Square and Tottenham Court Road.

  1. Registration upon arrival

Registration will take place at the reception in the morning and you will be set up with a finger scan which enables you to enter and exit the building. Please ensure you arrive on time in order to familiarise yourself with the space.

  1. Label your equipment/items

It’s vital you label your items with your name to ensure there’s no confusion between contestants. The last thing you want is to lose your ingredients on such an important day!

  1. Modern culinary arts facilities

You will have the privilege of using some of the most modern facilities in the culinary arts industry. The kitchens are temperature and humidity controlled and have self-contained work stations for each individual.

  1. Meet the team

Le Cordon Bleu London is home to many Le Cordon Bleu Master Chefs and experts who teach at the school. Many of which have worked in luxury five star restaurants and hotels with numerous years of experience. You might see some of them around on the day so to know who is who take a look at their profiles here:

  1. Feel at ease

Le Cordon Bleu students will be there to help you throughout the day assisting you in taking the dishes to the judges and display room. If you get lost around the building feel free to ask a student or member of staff.

  1. The Le Cordon Bleu Café

If you’re looking for something delicious to eat during the day, why not stop by the Café?  The Le Cordon Bleu Café serves freshly made pastry, sandwiches, soups, coffee and refreshing drinks. All the food is prepared each day with seasonal ingredients ensuring full flavour. Plus there is a lovely courtyard, where they have a terrace you can relax in with a nice fruit homemade cocktail!

  1. Famous faces from Le Cordon Bleu

Did you know that Le Cordon Bleu London is where some of the most acclaimed chefs attended? Some notable alumni include Virgilio Martinez, Peggy Porschen and John Whaite who all graduated from the school.

  1. La Boutique

After the intense day of cooking, why not treat yourself with a souvenir from La Boutique? The Boutique is situated on the ground floor near the reception offering everything from magnets to cookbooks, and essentials such as the Le Cordon Bleu® Zwilling knife set, condiments and aprons amongst many others.

  1. An evening of celebration

After an intensive day competing, all candidates, judges and sponsors of the competition with additional guests are invited to the top floor of the institute for a cocktail ceremony where all could taste lovely canapes made by the team of chefs and students at Le Cordon Bleu. What a treat!

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