Le Cordon Bleu’s Scholarship Award
For Katie Leslie, the next year will certainly be one to remember.
The former King’s student was awarded Le Cordon Bleu’s annual scholarship on Wednesday night after beating off nine other finalists to land the prestigious and prized place at the world’s leading culinary school.
Born in Edinburgh, Katie has lived in London during her studies as well as for the last two months, all the while with a long-harboured dream of a culinary career and, amid a concoction of canapés to tickle the taste-buds, she has now achieved that goal. “I have really enjoyed it,” she said.
“I’m really surprised. I didn’t expect to win at all. I’m definitely overwhelmed, I think it will sink in over the next couple of days. It is the most prestigious place to go and do the diploma and is the sort of thing that is out of reach otherwise. When I read that there was a scholarship, even that seemed an unbelievable thing.
“I studied nutrition at university and knew I wanted to be a chef so I worked part—time in a chocolate shop and have always had my hand in.”
Urbanest has worked closely with Le Cordon Bleu since 2011, providing accommodation for the chosen trainee chef, and Katie will now continue that tradition from September as she takes up her place on the diploma, with a scholarship worth in excess of £35,000.
General manager of King’s Cross & St Pancras, Phee Mann and Mark Smithers were present at the scholarship award evening, sampling such delights as pork croquettes, escargot and hazelnut mushrooms, followed by a plethora of puddings ranging from chocolate orange macaroons to Eton mess and a wonderful take on bread and butter pudding.
Simon Hedley, from Urbanest also commented;
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue our support of Le Cordon Bleu, and their prestigious Scholarship Award. By providing an unrivalled living experience in zone 1, the winner can be sure their focus will truly be in developing their culinary talents through the Diplôme de Cuisine and Diploma in Culinary Management”.
Katie has also promised fellow presidents – as well as Urbanest staff, of course – that they will reap the benefit of her passion as she keeps up the work in the kitchen at home.
“I will be cooking for everyone, I don’t mind I love it!,” she said. “I will be doing lots of baking for you..”